September 21, 2020

Mozilla explains why the Firefox browser for Android only supports a small number of extensions

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The Mozilla is the creator of the popular Firefox browser. It has always been a non-profit organization, so it has done a lot better than some Internet giants in protecting user privacy.

At present, the Firefox browser has covered the five major operating system platforms of Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. A Firefox browser for Android was recently launched.

Before Mozilla launched the new Android version of the Firefox browser, the version number of the old version has stayed for more than a year. This time not only the version number has made a big leap, but the application itself is completely different from the old version. However, the new Firefox browser for Android does not support all the extensions of the Firefox browser like the old version.

Firefox 79 Android

This is indeed the case. When the new Android version of the Firefox browser was officially released, Mozilla only provided it with a small number of security-certified extensions support, which is quite different from the old version that is compatible with all Firefox browser extensions.

Recently, Mozilla responded to this incident. The main reason for this situation is to ensure that all functions can be used normally before the product is officially launched. At the same time, it is also facing the work of maintaining the old Android version of the Firefox browser. After consideration, the company finally chose the first version to support only a small number of extensions.

Mozilla explains:

This means continuing to build support for add-ons. In order to get the new browser to users as soon as possible—which was necessary to iterate quickly on user feedback and limit resources needed to maintain two different Firefox for Android applications—we made some tough decisions about our minimum criteria for launch. We looked at add-on usage on Android, and made the decision to start by building support for add-ons in the Recommended Extensions program that were commonly installed by our mobile users. Enabling a small number of extensions in the initial rollout also enabled us to ensure a good first experience with add-ons in the new browser that are both mobile-friendly and security-reviewed.