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Here's what's up with the Google Play Store being blocked in Firefox mobile

There's been a bit of consternation this morning at Hacker News when folks discovered that the Google Play Store was being blocked from the mobile view in the Firefox browser for Android (opens in new tab). Switch to the desktop view, however, and everything worked fine.

So ... Conspiracy? Not so much.

If you tried going to play.google.com from the Firefox browser, you'd get a simple message:

This browser is no longer supported. Please use the Google Play Store app to access Google Play.

However, Google has told Android Central that it's no more than a bug, and it should be fixed soon.

So sit tight, Firefox fans. Help's a-comin'.

Update 9:50 a.m. Feb. 11: Looks like things are back to normal.

Firefox mobile and Google Play

59 Comments
  • Or perhaps just a but more biasing of Google towards chrome, to push down humanity to walk in their way instead of choosing a open browser :/
  • Or perhaps not. Speculation is cheap.
  • Should use the sarcasm tag otherwise people might get the impression you're a little ... off.
  • Sorry but Firefox sold out to the closed source after the CEO left on ANTI-LGBT allegations. Firefox is not open source anymore. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The political views of a CEO have nothing to do with the open-source status of the software. Nothing.
  • Don't even try. When someone says something that stupid you have to know when to walk away. There's a level of special out there best left untouched. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How is this news? Posted via the Android Central App
  • What browser excepts the Google Play Sotore. I've tried everything I can but I can't get it. Why??
  • In addition to my first comment I can not even get 'Bitstrip' this will not even work on Google Chrome. Please help!! Thank you :)
  • If there's a specific app Google wanted people to visit Google Play Store with, it'd be Play Store.
  • Sadly there are a few things you can't do from the Play Store app, such as browse hardware or choose a specific device to install an app to.
  • This. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just out of curiosity, what reason(s) would people have for going to the play store through a mobile browse rather than the app itself?
  • See comment above Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can't buy devices or accessories from the app.
  • For those of you that use Firefox out there on Android? Why? Because I am interested in knowing what it offers over Chrome. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was wondering the same.. As we all sink deeper and deeper into the Googlesphere, why ruin your experience with a different browser other than Chrome.. I was Firefox user for years.. Switched to Chrome a long time ago. Nexus 4 (AT&T)
  • Because the world like options. Just like I like using Samsung browser for fingerprint password. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Samsung browser is just hideous though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What does that have to do with functionality? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Right. Firefox was my go-to browser for years. It wasn't until about two years ago that I made the switch to Chrome. So its nothing against Firefox, I just think in 2015 Chrome offers a more seamless experience on Android.
  • So tell me, how is being fanboy of Google services and encouraging a multi - billion $ monopoly gonna be good for the advancement of technology? When has that ever created a healthy environment? I use Dolphin Browser on Android mostly & Firefox about 95% of the time on my Linux desktop. I find Chrome for mobile to be little more than an afterthought, compared to Dolphin. A better layout, much more extensive add ons & at least having the choice of Flash supporț (which I still need for some sites) is what keeps me using it. I have full bookmark & tab syncing regardless of the desktop browser or device thanks to Dolphin Connect. I find both Chrome and Firefox mobile to be a joke by comparison.
  • Firefox supports the Ad Block plugin which makes mobile (and desktop) Web browsing FAR more enjoyable. When I accidentally used the built in browser on my N4 it was crazy how ugly and painful many sites were.
  • I want to answer your question because I still need some help. I just bought an android watch and there is no Chrome or Playstore and the default browser keeps giving me this. So you might have guessed I am having great difficulty installing either above with this "not supported haha".
  • Addons
  • Ding. It's nice to have Adblock. Most of the apps I use don't have ads anyway, and I like to run unrooted when possible (shocking for this site, huh?). So having the option of Adblock in the browser is real nice. The themes are nice, too, and I'm sure I have other addons I use.
  • Because I use Firefox on Windows and everything syncs across easily.
  • But there's Chrome for Windows..
    Jk
  • And on Linux.
    And Firefox is true open-source.
    And Firefox is community driven.
    And Firefox doesn't send data to Google on what you are doing. Having choices is good.
  • I think this is really it... FF is basically the same on every platform and really they were the original plugin add on browser as well.
  • At least one site that I frequently visit says "password incorrect" if I try to log in with Chrome instead of Firefox, so that was enough of a reason for me to change browsers.
  • Add-ons (Adblock is particularly useful on mobile, where data and screen-space is limited), and some people, even some Android users, don't want Google tracking their every move.
  • Laylat Posted via Android Central App
  • Chrome is buggy and a resource hog. If you aren't trapped into their syncing there are many other better browsers.
  • Not really
  • Well, you convinced me with all the evidence you provided... Wait, you did nothing of the sort.
  • Because the mobile version of Firefox supports Addons and therefore AdBlock Plus/AdBlock Edge. Probably the best way for unrooted users to block ads. I also don't enjoy having to try 6 times to click the little [x] (which moves out of the screen when you zoom) in order to close a pop-up on an unoptimized Desktop site :)
  • I'm always trying different browsers and hace multiple browsers installed because they all havr their advantages and disadvantages. But code bases do not stay the same at one time i used chrome and thought it was better. But for the last year I've found Firefox to be the best browser. It adheres to the standards the best and renders faster and more accurate than most others. The plug-in architecture is also a great feature
  • Why use Firefox over Chrome?
    1. Chrome doesn't work well. Often it'll display a blank page when a link is opened into it.
    2. Privacy. Chrome sends too much info back to Google.
  • With the chrome integration on lollipop I'm considering switching browsers so I can browse multiple tabs at once. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Revenge for dropping Good as the search engine on Firefox :P Posted via Android Central App on Nexus 5 or LG G2
  • Personally, with the exception of Google apps needed by third-party apps to function, all Google related apps/services - from Gmail to YouTube - on all my devices are disabled. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do you want a cookie? No pun intended.
  • this is exactly why firefox is so much better. adblock for bandwidth and speed. and of course, adaptability in addons. simply download the useragent plugin and change it to 'chrome is a failure' and google play will be enabled again. this also disallows other websites from tracking which browser is being used. firefox - is the only browser that lets users fight idiocy. this event caused me to donate to firefox because it's becoming apparent that web designers and companies cannot competently handle information. this information is supposed to better cater to users, not limit accessibility. in the war on idiocy, you'll need allies. so far, firefox is the only light in the dark.
  • Sorry but Firefox is still revealed in your ip address. Posted via the Android Central App
  • An IP address is just 4 numbers divided by dots - e.g. 123.45.57.89 - it reveals nothing about your browser.
  • AdBlock doesn't make your browser faster. Look it up.
  • It sure does make my browsing experience on both desktop and mobile MUCH faster. Pages render much faster and navigation is much faster for pages that would otherwise show a slew of ads. I don't know (or care really) if it saves bandwidth but it turns the Web into a far more enjoyable place!
  • Can someone explain what I'm missing? I don't get it. Firefox is terrible on Android. You have to use a special add-on just to get pages to render like they would on mobile chrome, otherwise they're like this desktop- mobile mishmash of garbage which is too small to read or use on most Web pages. Scrolling is jerky and laggy. It's not particularly fast. The tabs menu is simply slow and unintuitive, and is the biggest reason I don't use it after years of being spoiled by Chrome's quick tab switching. I get why on desktop. Google is fast on the desktop but mozilla is much lighter. I won't say faster because with a few tweaks chrome becomes blazing fast. Please don't tell me it's because "Gewgle spies on yuu tho." Posted via the Android Central App
  • It might make sense to you if you start wearing a tin foil hat. Might.
  • Firefox is only one of two privacy options I know of besides maybe tor. But there is a new game in town.GHOSTERY PRIVACY BROWSER and yes it is on playstore. You might have to go to Ghostery main website and sign up for the beta program on g+ page. And for low memory folks,it is less than 2mb in size,compared to Firefox and Chrome which can get up to over 100mb in size. But i use them all,because not every website is created equal! But I really have become fond of Firefox with so many options,and great support. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am have a similar problem with google an, google play. Difference is I use chrome, I do not get an error message. Google Play flash's whit on my phone, and I an not see my google mail at all. Your help is appreciated TLynn from GLG3 android.
  • Thank goodness. Now all you Google conspiracy theory wanks can calm the heck down. Posted via the Android Central App
  • chrome on my laptop takes an age to open now, once it was my go to browser. Now even IE opens quicker but i choose to use firefox so i now use firefox on my droid, no benefits on the droid but nice to keep the laptop and mobile device synced thats why i use firefox. Got the error messages yesterday which nearly swayed me back to chrome on my droid (but didn't)
  • The vary reason I stay with chrome, seamless. Firefox just isn't as smooth.
  • Well, if Google breaks its websites so they don't work in Firefox it's hardly Firefox's fault.
  • Not only FF.... Boat Browser and Angel Browser as well, and god knows how many others. This so-called bug is still alive! And the reason why Play is sometimes opened in a browser is because an app is given as a link
  • shame on all of you for not thanking angry joe before eating your breakfast this morning
  • I don't play games. Sorry.