Firefox announced the launch of its Firefox Focus browser for iOS users. Firefox claims that it is a private browser designed to not leave behind traces of internet browsing on the device. Firefox Focus aims to protect online privacy by blocking web trackers and analytics, the company said.
Firefox reports that users can browse content with the knowledge that ‘browsing history, passwords, cookies’ can be deleted with a tap of the “Erase” button, which is located next to the search bar. The company claims that browsing on Firefox Focus is faster compared to other browsers thanks to default blocking of trackers and advertisements that slow down page loading times.
“For the times when you don’t want to leave a record on your phone. You may be looking for information that in certain situations is sensitive – searches for engagement rings, flights to Las Vegas or expensive cigars, for example. And sometimes you just want a super simple, super fast Web experience – no tabs, no menus, no pop-ups,” Firefox said in a blog post.
The browser is bare-boned with a single input box for entering the URL and search functionality using Google(UK) or Yahoo (US). Firefox Focus however, lacks features such as ‘Tabs’, ‘Menus’, and other features, reports The Guardian. There is also no option to change the default search engine from Yahoo, as of yet.
Customising tracking information is found under ‘Settings’. The following trackers can be blocked- ‘advertisements’, ‘analytics’, ‘social’ and others.
Apple’s decision to allow developers write Safari integrations resulted in Firefox initially launching the ‘Focus by Firefox’ in December 2015 as a content blocker for Safari. The new app can still integrate with Safari for blocking tracking information, Firefox added.
Mozilla told Engadget that depending on how the iOS app is received, it’ll consider building an Android version of Firefox Focus. The app is currently available for free on Apple’s App Store.
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