• 👁️👄👁️@lemm.ee
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    11 months ago

    Niceee, Firefox Android needs more attention. It’s such an underrated browser. It’s non chromium, search bar on bottom by default, uBlock Origin, https-only mode, cookie banner reduction (soon), the best reader mode of all browsers, and addon support.

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      For me it’s the ability to install extensions. I can’t browser without the dark reader extension. If I look at bright screens for long time, I get a headache and won’t get sleep

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        Wish it were as easy to use as Samsung Internet browser dark mode. You can enable/disable with just 2 taps: settings > enable/disable.

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          I don’t even have to do that. Dark Reader on Firefox is synced to my system settings. So my dark mode is set to a timer, which automatically turns it on, including Dark Reader.

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          Also Samsung Internet buttons & layout can be customised, you can have the search bar on top or bottom and most importantly? There is a “tap to go up” feature. It’s one feature I sorely miss switching from IPhone :(

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      Cookie banner reduction already exists usint uBlock. You just need to enable some additional lists

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        I found it unexpectedly appealing on the bottom, but good to know you can move it up! Extra point for Firefox.

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      Can I log in to my Google account though, in the actual browser? Firefox is fantastic,l and those features are amazing, but I keep all my browsing, bookmarks, and so on in one place, my Google account.

      I need to be able to look something up on my pc or tablet etc which all run chrome, and be able to find that quickly on my phone by typing into the address bar, etc.

      I don’t usually care much about integrations but this one is too convenient to give up.

      And I suppose, thinking about it, it would have to support multiple profiles too, because I have my personal Google account profile in Chrome, then my work Google profile, etc. Different sets of bookmarks and settings and so on for the different needs.

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        Firefox has its own syncing system via a Firefox account that’ll sync your bookmarks, open tabs, history, logins, etc…

        Firefox on desktop does support multiple profiles, but they are nowhere near as convenient as Chrome’s which is just a few clicks.

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      That’s the reason why I might start to use FF again (tbh at this point I don’t see why to use anything else).

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        I am using Firefox as well and I don’t think I’d go back to Chrome, but I wish it supported progressive web apps a bit better!

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          @Camilo @kratoz29 I don’t think Firefox is any worse at progressive enhancement than chrome, most developers don’t even consider it so perhaps chrome is better at running poor code than Firefox, but that is not a good reason to use it, just encourages poor coders and coding

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            They said PWA. Chrome and Chrome like browsers can install pwa as native apps, aka webapks on your android. Firefox can only add a shortcut where sites can run full screen.

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            Not for chrome, but there are forks that have adblocking capabilities.

            Kiwi is a browser that lets you install extensions, so you can install an ad blocker

            Or Brave, that includes it as a browser feature. But Brave has had many weird features and taken many weird decisions, so people recommend just moving to Firefox

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          Well, on a second thought I guess they don’t have much tabs control, so that is a bit of a bummer.

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      Fr. Chrome on android is much more stable in my experience. But Firefox still wins due to adblock + sweet sweet dark mode.

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    Glad I made the switch back to FireFox a year or two ago. As a Dev, I was entrenched in Chrome and it wasn’t an easy move but with the path Google are currently treading around ad serving, blocking the ad blocks etc. I feel I made the right choice…

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      I use Firefox on Android and it’s great. Ad blocking is the big one but it’s just a good browser. I deleted the Twitter and Reddit apps recently and Firefox lets me bookmark the sites on the launcher so it’s like a separate “app” but not taking up 100s MB of space and I can block ads on these sites. I’m hoping that I’ll be to use the Twitter desktop extension that prunes even more junk out of the experience - recommendations, what’s trending and other clickbait garbage

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        Do you have anything installed to make them stop bugging you about using their awful apps?

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          The site formerly known as Twitter has full PWA support. At least it had the last time I checked.

          It should work exactly the same as a normal app.

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      Are you a developer? If not then the only thing you need to know is that Mozilla is essentially announcing enabling desktop extensions to be able to work on mobile

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      Firefox Mobile supported add-ons for many years, but due to having to change some things under the hood a few years ago, add-ons got restricted a bit (though you could still use them).

      They’re basically announcing they finally fixed the issue and they’re coming back.

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        More than just a bit, they only approved a few at all as far as I could tell fron the years of using the browser but yea.

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      Firefox for Android previously only supported a limited number of select extensions. They’re finally opening it up so you can use any extension.

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      They don’t spell this out, but my interpretation is that extension devs will be able to publish extensions for use on Android, without Mozilla explicitly approving each one of them.

      Many desktop extensions work as-is on Android, so when this goes live, we’ll likely see dozens, if not hundreds, of extensions becoming available in the following weeks.

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    Reads like they are finally returning to full addon support. I’ve been using Firefox for Android long enough to remember that, before the grand redesign, they supported all addons and let you access about:config.

    Back then, I was using uMatrix on FfA, now I am forced to use NoScript, which is more fickle to use and less stable.

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      Finally. You’ve been able to use desktop addons this whole time, but you have to do a whole runaround:

      • Create Firefox account
      • Sign in on desktop
      • Install the add-ons you want
      • Create an app collection and publish it
      • Sign in on mobile
      • Enable developer mode
      • Download your custom app collection
      • (Optional: sign out on both devices)
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    Woah that’s awesome. So ublock origin on android Firefox? Freaking nice!

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      I use it since maybe a year now on Android and it’s amazing. The toggeling of the overlay and weird zap objects/overlays function takes some getting used too but otherwise its just like on the Desktop.

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        Yeah, the way Firefox manages addon interfaces on mobile makes it really unintuitive to use ublock’s tools, but you can absolutely use them with some practice and patience. Personal filters makes so many websites usable.

        Hopefully whatever this update is will make using the element zapper/filter easier.

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    Is there an extension for hiding the annoying attempts of reddit web app trying to get you to install their app, then login through Google? Still find myself there when it’s from a Google search.

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      This might not be a proper solution but having old reddit redirect extebsion seems to almost all attempt by reddit to get me to use the app.

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        Yeah, just an addon to automatically redirect all Reddit links to the old.reddit.com version would already make Firefox addon support on Android super useful for me!

        Since Reddit threads are still sometimes the only results when searching for questions to uncommon issues.

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          I use that addon currently on my firefox, its compatible with the android version, but to install it you must create a addon collection with that extension in it and add it to your brwser, detailed instruction are available online. Or you could try Iceraven which is a fork of android firefox, it has this extension in its collection.

          The comment by user unverifiedApk down in this thread has instruction on using custom collection if you decide to go down path.

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      Possibly some of the non-default lists in ublock origin? Worth having a look!

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        Huh, I thought it was just doing url based blocking and not hooking into the UI side, will have to take a look. Kinda treat browser plug-ins as a set and forget it thing.

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          Same. But there are list which make excessive use of this feature. I hope gorhill manages to keep the codebase organized despite the featureset.

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    This is great news, I’ve just switched to Firefox & Firefox Focus on Android as a longtime user of Mobile Chrome and Desktop Firefox. It always felt weak on mobile, but things have changed. Still hating the purple though, and the placement of the new tab button but that’s a small price to pay.

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    I’m already using extensions on Android with Firefox Nightly but yeah I guess that’s nice

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      Yeah it’s been nice but it has come with a bit of a learning curve. The process now is much more straightforward. Maybe devs will be more inclined to build since the userbase has future.

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    So we finally get some major functionality back? I never cared about that redisgn but removing proper extension support was a really shitty part of it that I did care about!

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      Fennec from F-Droid is a way to go. It lets you enable extensions and is based on stable release

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    If this comes through, I might no longer need Iceraven (andoid firefox with full addon support, like before they tore it out; I use it for Singlefile)

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      You know, I always thought Android Firefox always had full addon support. I’ve got uBlock Origin now, and I remember having Stylus/TamperMonkey.

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        It did, then came the big rewrite, and nearly all extensions went away. Some eventually came back, but Singlefile never did; there’s no longer any way to save the html of a site you visit. So I keep Iceraven, which still supports the addons that firefox used to.

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    Well that’s nice. But how many developers will care to make Android extensions at this point? Also will the current unsupported extensions in custom collections stop working?

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    Alright, so what extensions are you guys looking forward to? On mobile I don’t think about it too much cause most of the websites I use on Desktop I use as apps on Android, so a couple of website specific extensions are useless for me

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      @ChristianWS I use ublock origin and dark reader. Sincerely I don’t miss anything else. Maybe would be good add Clean URLs to remove trackers from URLs, other than that I wouldn’t mind.

      PS: Dahora ver mais um usuário do eco.br aqui!

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      Redirect amp to html, search by image, clear urls, localCDN, web archives, tampermonkey etc.🫡 So many useful extensions.

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      Sponsor Block (+ the already existing uBlock origin) for an ad-free YouTube.

      Currently using the fennec build Firefox with those add-ons and have since ditched the YouTube app. Works great so far as an ad-free/native alternative to apps like revanced or newpipe

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        I use the Libretube app for that on my phone, it uses Piped to get the videos which tends to be a littpe more reliable than waiting for Newpipe updates and has Sponsorblock build in, for the next release we will even get Dearrow support build in! (Crowdsources titles and thumpnails to reduce clickbait)