Mozilla Launches Firefox Lite Browser For Android In India
Mozilla first launched the Firefox Lite browser in Indonesia in August 2018. With a size of under 4 MB, the lightweight Android browser was developed to provide a smoother browsing experience on budget Android devices. The Firefox Lite is actually a rebrand of Firefox Rocket which was also released in 2018 and aimed towards a privacy-focused environment. On March 13, 2019, the Firefox Lite browser was formally launched in India.
Mozilla Firefox Lite is available with a host of features to improve web browsing in Android devices. The company claims that the “Turbo Mode” in the browser can automatically block third party ad-tracking code, helping websites load much faster and reducing overall data consumption. In addition, the browser has a night mode, a feature which is being adopted by a multitude of applications in the market. Users can also long-press the Night mode option to customize the brightness of the mode.
The “Screenshot Whole Page” feature does exactly what it says. If the user wants to capture the whole webpage rather than the screen, he/she can click on the “Screenshot” button and an image of the entire webpage is saved in the “My shots” section (which is accessible via the menu bar). The image/webpage can then be viewed offline by the user or be shared with other people.
The browser also has an option for VPN browsing, called ExpressVPN. The plugin can be downloaded separately from the Play Store and can help users browse more privately. Noteworthy, the VPN service is free for only 7 days, after which users will have to pay for the same. Another helpful feature in the application is the “Block images” feature, which will hide all the images on the website for faster loading times.
If users swipe up from the home screen, they can access the Live Feed which will display content related to shopping, travel and lifestyle tailored by Firefox’s latest partners in India. Companies such as DB Digital, NewsPoint and Times Internet have teamed up with Mozilla to provide customized content for the Live Feed. The company also states that it will add more partners across the country to enhance content delivery.
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The Firefox Lite browser can be downloaded on Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later. The application is available on the Google Play Store, and will be competing against similar light browsers such as Opera Mini and UC Browser Mini. As of now, Mozilla Firefox Lite is available in 15 Asian markets, including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, and India.