submitted 1 week ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

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.

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[-] [email protected] 85 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 33 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week 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

[-] [email protected] 32 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago

I am using a plug-in on my pc

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 week ago

What he means is the native off-line translation feature that Firefox now has on PC, you don't need a plugin for it: https://news.itsfoss.com/firefox-118-release/

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[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 week ago

Would be great if Firefox Translations are brought to Android.

Please spread the word!

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 week ago

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

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[-] [email protected] 25 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 week ago

I thought the same, but it only took me like 2 days to get used to it.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 week ago

It was weird for like one day. Now I couldn't ever go back. It's SO convenient!

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 week 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 :(

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[-] [email protected] 23 points 1 week 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] 13 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week 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?

[-] [email protected] 13 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 week ago

Its possible for a long time, but hidden away.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 week 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] 2 points 1 week 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.

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week 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)

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

You're jumping from duckduckgo? Where to & why? I ask as a fellow DDG user.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 week ago

I think they meant the DDG android browser.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

Oh, gotcha. Yeah, honestly mixing my browser & search engine has a bad smell to it, whether it's google, Microsoft or DDG providing them. I don't want to give anyone that level of end-to-end control.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 week ago

yeah you're right. The DDG Android browser has been my default up until now

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 week ago

I've been using Firefox for a long while now. It's great these days

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 week 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] 22 points 1 week ago

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

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 week ago

Why would you want to do that? Firefox has their own privacy conserving sync

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[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 week 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] 3 points 1 week 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] 3 points 1 week ago

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

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week 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] 6 points 1 week 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] 5 points 1 week 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] 3 points 1 week 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.

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 week ago

When will management of site permissions like js and cookies and management of site data separatly will arrive?

Will switch that day!

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago

I just swapped off of it, Firefox has been buggy for me, no matter which fork I use, it's been slow too. I recently just migrated to fulgris

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 week ago

These types of comments always interest me. What phone are you using?

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[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago

I have issues with it. Some pages and apps don't work well on Firefox. Rendering is off : alignments, some apps don't even work. I will be switching away.

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