Mozilla has released a new version of its Firefox browser for Android that adds a number of new features, including a way to switch to any of the browser's 55 supported languages and a quick way to clear the app's history.

Mozilla said, "With the new language switching feature, you can easily choose between and set a language without restarting your browser." The browser also now supports enian, Basque, Fulah, Icelandic, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh. The History home page now has a "clear browsing history" selection on the bottom that instantly does just that when pressed.

There's also more support for customized home screens, with Mozilla stating, "We have created home screen pages that allow you to access content directly from a variety of websites, feeds and services, such as Instagram, Pocket, Vimeo and Wikipedia." Finally, Firefox Sync, which allows users to sync up their passwords and more when using different versions of the browser, is now available to access on top of the tabs.

What do you think of these new features for the Android port of Firefox?

Source: Firefox blog


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Firefox for Android update adds language switching, history clearing and more


Will try the firefox.. Firstimer though.. Any comments on the performance side vs stock or chrome ?)

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It's decent. I prefer chrome simply because of the aesthetics properties. I also like the way chrome handles videos in the browser window.

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Chrome runs really slow and eats memory on my Nexus 5. Firefox runs much more smoothly and doesn't hog as much memory.

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Same here, Chrome performance wise is awful. I will admit I love the speed of chrome on my M8, but I do enjoy the familiarity of FF on my phone, despite the slight drop of speed on start up.

I reckon Moz will catch up with Chrome in terms of translation (hands down the one feature of Chrome that kept me with them) so I've recently become reacquainted with FF on phone. I love using the same persona on my phone as well with FF.

Chrome runs like crap on my Nexus 5 ironically. Firefox runs nice and smooth.

You can install Translation add-ons in Firefox, or just select text and share it with Google Translate app.

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× Can I get Firefox for Android to just download a file without asking what app I want to open it with?
× Still can't tell this app where I want it's downloads placed!
Needs to get the basics right first.

You can use LoaderDroid with Firefox. It lets you choose any download location you want, it won't ask you to open the file immediately, and you can customize a lot of other things like most download managers.

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