Firefox Beta for Android lifts restrictions for Extensions

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When

Mozilla
ORG

launched the redesigned version of

Firefox
ORG

for

Android
ORG

in

2019
DATE

as a preview, it changed several key features of the browser. The classic

Firefox
PRODUCT

for

Android
ORG

browser was not restricted when it came to the installation of extensions. While some extensions were not compatible, usually because they were designed with desktop operating systems in mind, many extensions could be installed.

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Mozilla
ORG

even considered ending support for extensions altogether, which would have moved it closer to

Chrome
ORG

and

Chromium
ORG

-based browsers, which for the most part do not support extensions on mobile.


Mozilla
ORG

limited extensions support significantly in

Firefox
ORG

for

Android
ORG

however. Stable versions of

Firefox
ORG

support

only 22
CARDINAL

different extensions up to this date. Still

22
CARDINAL

more than most other browsers support, but not much compared to the

thousands
CARDINAL

of extensions that desktop

Firefox
ORG

users may install.


Mozilla
ORG

announced in

August
DATE

that it made the decision to enable full extensions support in

Firefox
ORG

for

Android
ORG

. Tests started soon thereafter and they have now include Firefox Beta, which was updated to version

119
CARDINAL

recently.

Firefox Beta

119
CARDINAL

users may open

Menu > Add-ons
ORG

in the mobile browser to display the small list of supported extensions that all Firefox for

Android
ORG

versions support. Users who scroll to the bottom of the page find a new button, "find more add-ons", which, when activated, opens a dedicated extensions page for

Firefox
ORG

for

Android
ORG

on

Mozilla
ORG

‘s website.

Users find

more than 250
CARDINAL

extensions there that they may install in the mobile browser right away. The list of supported extensions is growing. While it will never match the

more than 30000
CARDINAL

desktop extensions, it unlocks support for extensions in general.

Developers will create dedicated extensions for

Firefox
ORG

for

Android
ORG

in the future or make their desktop extensions compatible with the mobile browser as well.

Firefox Stable

119
CARDINAL

won’t receive the unlocked extensions support, as tests will go on for some time.

Sören Hentzschel
PERSON

found out that

Mozilla
ORG

plans to unlock extensions support in

Firefox
ORG

Stable for

Android
ORG

in

December 2023
DATE

. The change will likely roll out with the final

Firefox
ORG

for

Android
ORG

release of

2023
DATE

, which is

Firefox 121
LAW

. The release date for the browser is

December 19, 2023
DATE

.

Closing Words

What took you so long,

Mozilla
ORG

? This is likely on the minds of many veteran

Firefox
ORG

users. Unrestricted support for browser extensions in

Firefox
ORG

for

Android
ORG

is a major change and

one
CARDINAL

of the few distinguishing factors between

Firefox
ORG

and

Chromium
ORG

-based browsers such as

Google Chrome
ORG

.

Additional extensions will become available in

the coming months
DATE

, so that Firefox for

Android
ORG

users will find a good list of extensions in the store in

December
DATE

.

Now You: which extensions would you like to see supported in

Firefox
ORG

for

Android
ORG

?

Summary Article Name Firefox Beta for

Android
ORG

lifts Extensions restrictions

Description Mozilla
ORG

has lifted restrictions regarding the installation of extensions in

Firefox
ORG

for

Android
ORG

Beta. Soon,

Firefox
ORG

Stable will also benefit. Author

Martin Brinkmann
PERSON

Publisher Ghacks Technology News Logo

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