Today, on July 28th, Mozilla to release Firefox 79 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The company has already quietly started rolling out “Firefox for Android 79” to some countries. It may take a while to fully roll out globally and available to all users, as of writing, Firefox for Android with internal code name Fenix assigned during development isn’t available for download on Play Store for us in India.
Mozilla has migrated Firefox Nightly, beta users to Fenix already, now the AreweFenixyet site tells the “Release” version is available in the following regions.
SA, UA, NZ, BG, NO, PH.
Today we started to roll-out a rewritten version of Firefox for Android (Fenix). I joined Mozilla to work on Fennec, which is EOL as of today, and ended up helping rewrite it from the ground-up and make sure things migrate well. 4.5 years of work in one tweet :) https://t.co/nwcFtJ3F3U
— 🚲 grisha (@lunafiko) July 28, 2020
As we followed the development from the beginning, we knew what’s the new version has to offer, but Mozilla has readied release notes for version already, check it below.
- New Tabs Tray
- Perform Voice searches from the address bar
- Icon now shows up when reader mode is available
- More add-on support
- Enhanced Tracking Protection is set to strict by default
- You can now sort your logins by name or last -used date.
Note: This may not be the final release notes.
The Firefox 79 Beta version came with the following recommended add-ons, you should expect the final version to contain the same.
- UBlock Origin, Dark Reader
- HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger
- NoScript Security Suite, Decentraleyes
- Search by Images, YouTube High Definition
- Privacy Possum
Check the video Mozilla readied about their new Firefox for Android below.
You can find more information on how to upgrade from Fennec to a new version on this FAQ page.
Worry not If Firefox 79 is not available in your country on Play Store, you can still get it by downloading and installing APK from APKmirror here.