The final push to start using Firefox over Chrome on Android might finally be thanks to the enormous selection of add-ons (Firefox’s version of extensions) coming out next month. Chrome doesn’t offer native support for extensions in its mobile app. Also, better security.

  • @lowleveldata
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    825 months ago

    I can’t. I’m already using Firefox.

  • @[email protected]
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    5 months ago

    Funny to see this. I just switched last week (to get ublock) and it’s o so much better. Only thing i miss is the translate function that chrome has

    • @parpol
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      335 months ago

      Thankfully, translate arrives soon as a plugin, and later as a native feature.

    • 8BitFriendly
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      85 months ago

      Would be great if Firefox Translations are brought to Android.

      Please spread the word!

    • BeboOP
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      25 months ago

      Along with the adblocker, the darkreader add on is my favourite.

    • @[email protected]
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      05 months ago

      The main thing I miss is auto fill. Firefox’s auto fill for credit cards kinda sucks (often misses fields), and I don’t think it auto fills addresses.

  • kurikai
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    255 months ago

    Also you can switch the address bar to the bottom where it’s closer to your thumb

    • XbSuper
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      65 months ago

      I don’t think I could ever get used to that.

    • @[email protected]
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      35 months ago

      For me it often covers important elements of the site that way. Especially these annoying “use our app” overlays, and then the “continue using website” button is hidden behind the address bar with jo way to scroll it into view. So no way to use the website :(

  • yeehaw
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    235 months ago

    Been using focus as my default for years, and Firefox for main stuff for years. Works fine for me and ublock is a must for me so…

    • @[email protected]
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      5 months ago

      Ublock is absolutely a must.

      Page on Firefox with unlock: 6 sentence news article.

      Same page on chrome: video in the corner, popup blocking 30% of the screen, flashing ads every second sentence, halfway through there’s another popup asking you to log in.

      Like wtf, people live like this?

  • kurgal
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    135 months ago

    With the things that are going on with Google right now, it’s the right move to just switch to Firefox

  • Rentlar
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    125 months ago

    Ublock, AdNauseum, Privacy Badger, oh my! All on Mobile phones!

  • dalë
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    115 months ago

    IF FF ever implement support for tabs on tablets I might consider using it.

    I only use phone and tablet and to use a glorified phone app on a tablet is not a great experience. Almost every other browser in existence supports tags for larger screens.

    Until FF fixes this it doesn’t matter how many extensions they allow in the browser I’m out.

    • @[email protected]
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      25 months ago

      If treestyletabs worked on mobile that would work great. Just make the tabs bigger. Then again I think the UI is totally different on mobile so I feel the pain.

      I have been using firefox on a phone since 2014 at least. I particularly like I can just go “send this tab to my PC” and it’ll just be there without bothering with bookmarks, note apps, emails to myself or such.

      I once had a text file on a VPS I would ssh on my phone to and paste links into. Blah.

    • @[email protected]
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      05 months ago

      Completely agree. The tablet experience licks balls.

      Tabs are needed, and god knows what it thinks its doing when you tell it to load the desktop version of a site. Apparently it thinks I clicked a button saying “embeggen all elements and waste screen space pls”…

      Enjoy it on phone, mind.

      • @[email protected]
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        45 months ago

        loading the desktop version of a sits is not Firefox’s fault. It depends on the web devs.

        • @[email protected]
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          -15 months ago

          Works fine on other browsers though. Not techy enough to say if your wrong or right, but the experience I have on a Tab s8 ultra is that ‘desktop’ versions are all zoomed in looking on FF.

      • dalë
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        15 months ago

        I agree, on the phone it’s a great app.

        My problem is that as I only use tablet and phone it doesn’t make sense to use two different browsers so until it’s changed Vivaldi it is.

  • @[email protected]
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    5 months ago

    I just officially downloaded it and will likely soon jump ship from DuckDuckGo.

    Really the biggest thing for me will be not blinding my eyes due to a lack of dark mode outside of search results. (Thanks to using the dark reader add-on in Firefox)

    • BeboOP
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      45 months ago

      Seriously, darkreader is a lifesaver for someone like me who is light sensitive.

  • @[email protected]
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    85 months ago

    Yep, same-zees. Big-time chrome user, switched on desktop and mobile to Firefox. As Google is being foolish twist these days.

  • Obinice
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    75 months ago

    Can I log in to my Google account in the browser and have it sync all of my stuff with my account though? Bookmarks, visited pages, etc etc.

    That’s the thing that makes it hard to switch to something else on PC too, I need my Google account integration, and other browsers just don’t seem to support it :-(

    I’d absolutely love up switch back to Firefox, it was my browser of choice before Chrome was released, but I do absolutely want to keep all my Google account integrations at this point.

    • @[email protected]
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      225 months ago

      You can log in to a Mozilla account in both the desktop and mobile browsers and sync everything that way. No Google needed!

      • Tippon
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        05 months ago

        To bring your bookmarks and everything else OP mentioned over from Chrome

        • @[email protected]
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          05 months ago

          Oh that… no Fenix is still a trimmed down piece of ***

          It cant even import bookmarks from Json or HTML, which is very annoying for Torbrowser-Android, as it doesnt have sync and onion=bookmarks

    • @[email protected]
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      85 months ago

      Don’t all modern browsers import data from your primary browser when you switch?

      There is such a thing as a Firefox account, and your Firefox on your phone will know what your Firefox on pc was doing, etc if you’re logged in

      I suppose you could do it manually if you want. https://takeout.google.com/

    • @[email protected]
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      35 months ago

      As a person who had a Google account for over 15 years… With all the stories of Google locking accounts, I’d recommend exploring a backup. It’s been my thing all year.

      There are stories of people who use their gmail for everything. Then they got their account locked and suddenly couldn’t pay bills, see their baby pictures, reset passwords on other sites. And Google doesn’t really have customer service so it was locked for weeks.

    • @[email protected]
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      35 months ago

      Import once in FF for Desktop, sync everything privacy friendly with an Firefox account. Never felt a difference.

  • Peter G
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    75 months ago

    Been using FF on almy devices for over a year now. Best.Browser.Ever.

  • @[email protected]
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    65 months ago

    I use Firefox on Android exclusively. Having ublock for youtube on my phone is great… But since updating to Android 13 watching full-screen video in FF has been an issue. Usually it requires that I restart the app to work.

  • @[email protected]
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    65 months ago

    Only gripe I’m having with Firefox on Android is the battery usage, which is quite awful unfortunately when compared to other browsers

  • @[email protected]
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    55 months ago

    Does anyone else have the problem that scrolling on a page becomes kinda laggy when there are more than usual elements on a webpage? For example, some website for streaming series. As soon as I scroll down where a lot of small buttons with episode numbers on them are rendered, Firefox on Android becomes noticeably laggy for me.

    Other than that I really like it but that little problem annoys the hell out of me.

    • @[email protected]
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      35 months ago

      Yes it does lag much more than chrome, even on S23U. Even with noscript enabled, actually. I am trying to get used to it for the last few weeks cause goddam noscript makes internet a better place.

        • @[email protected]
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          15 months ago

          I tried it. It appears to be an optimization issue. Firefox struggles a bit for some reason but not Chrome. Probably can be reported on the fenix repo for Firefox.

        • ditty
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          15 months ago

          Confirmed laggy for me running Fennec on Android 13 on my S21.

          I’ve encountered this laggy scrolling on other websites as well since switching to FF ~4 months ago.

    • @[email protected]
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      15 months ago

      Chromium based browsers on Android always have been more snappy than FF. That said I have primarily used FF for around a year and it is alright. Whenever something does not behave well, I use Vivaldi.