Mozilla vows private browsing coming to Firefox for Android
Mozilla said its 2013 roadmap includes a series of updates and enhancements targeting its Firefox for Android mobile browser, highlighted by private Web browsing.
Already available on Firefox for the desktop, the private browsing option enables users to surf the Internet without saving any data on which sites and pages they visit. "Lots of you have requested private browsing on your Android phone, and we're working to deliver," Mozilla said.
Mozilla also is working to offer Android users expanded customization options, including themes--i.e., customizable skins enabling users to personalize the look and feel of the browser environment. "The team is also working hard on a way to give you the ability to control the Firefox for Android start page content," Mozilla added. Also on tap: Support for more Android devices and languages.
Mozilla said all of the promised Firefox for Android improvements will arrive in the coming months.
Mozilla issued its most recent Firefox for Android overhaul in late November, adding support for smartphones incorporating ARMv6 processors. Although previous iterations of Firefox supported phones running Android versions 2.2 and higher, compatibility was limited to devices equipped with ARMv7 processors. According to Mozilla, roughly half of the 500 million Android devices activated worldwide run on ARMv6 architecture--adding support for ARMv6 extends Firefox to handsets including HTC's Status and ChaCha, Samsung's Galaxy Ace, Motorola Mobility's Fire XT and LG's Optimus Q.
Firefox for Android is available as a free download from the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play storefront. Alongside support for Android 2.2 or higher, compatible devices require at least an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM.
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