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.

  • @DanglingFury@lemmy.world
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    5 months 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

    • BeboOP
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      25 months ago

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

    • @rothaine@lemm.ee
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      05 months ago

      The main thing I miss is auto fill. Firefox’s auto fill for credit cards kinda sucks (often misses fields), and I don’t think it auto fills addresses.

  • kurikai
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    245 months ago

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

  • yeehaw
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    235 months 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…

    • @Potatos_are_not_friends@lemmy.world
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      5 months 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?

  • dalë
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    115 months 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.

    • @magikmw@lemm.ee
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      25 months 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.

    • @Index_Case@feddit.uk
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      05 months ago

      Completely agree. The tablet experience licks balls.

      Tabs are needed, and god knows what it thinks its doing when you tell it to load the desktop version of a site. Apparently it thinks I clicked a button saying “embeggen all elements and waste screen space pls”…

      Enjoy it on phone, mind.

        • @Index_Case@feddit.uk
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          -15 months ago

          Works fine on other browsers though. Not techy enough to say if your wrong or right, but the experience I have on a Tab s8 ultra is that ‘desktop’ versions are all zoomed in looking on FF.

      • dalë
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        15 months ago

        I agree, on the phone it’s a great app.

        My problem is that as I only use tablet and phone it doesn’t make sense to use two different browsers so until it’s changed Vivaldi it is.

  • Rentlar
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    115 months ago

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

  • @macattack@lemmy.world
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    5 months 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)

        • @Excrubulent@slrpnk.net
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          65 months 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.

      • @rob299@bookwormstory.social
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        55 months ago

        Personally I quit using ddg. Duckduckgo uses Microsoft’s Bing API I jumped atleast two years ago from ddg. They seem to be buddy buddy with Microsoft, they have a history for it. Oh and remember when ddg use to talk about filter bubbles, well now they support filter bubbles.

        I think this is because they have so much more users now then they did back then so now they are forgeting small parts of their original purpose. While keeping the one big one, privacy. We’l see how long ddg protects that without getting caught doing more shady stuff with Microsoft. Yes I said more, they were caught before allowing ads on Microsoft website in the ddg android browser once before.

        • @Excrubulent@slrpnk.net
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          25 months ago

          Yes, I remember hearing something about this.

          I wonder if there’s a way to federate a search engine. I wonder what that would even look like. Federating indices/results but allowing users to search from whatever instance they want? Maybe?

          Maybe that’s an okay use case for federation or maybe not, but clearly we need to move away from centralised search engines because they always get corrupted by greed.

          • @rob299@bookwormstory.social
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            35 months ago

            This exists already, it’s called Searxng. The instances don’t federate with each other necessarily but rather with actual search engines. But each instance of searxng is hosted by a different person. and so you might notice different resaults on one server vs the next. https://searx.space/

        • @macattack@lemmy.world
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          5 months ago

          I understand your concern, this is actually why I dropped Ecosia (because they got closer to Microsoft)

          It’s worth mentioning that DDG has since distanced themselves from Microsoft after the blow back, so while Ecosia got closer, DDG (AFAIK from the documentation I read) no longer has any partnerships in place. I don’t get paid either way, so it doesn’t matter to me but just FYI

          https://techcrunch.com/2022/08/05/duckduckgo-microsoft-tracking-scripts/

          https://spreadprivacy.com/more-privacy-and-transparency/

          • @rob299@bookwormstory.social
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            25 months ago

            They do have a good overall ui, but the trust in them is less then it was before. Even if they did stop doing partnerships with Microsoft they also stopped keeping their users out of the filter bubble, meaning they filter search resualts out, while before they use to claim they didn’t do that.

          • @rob299@bookwormstory.social
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            25 months ago

            They do have a good overall ui, but the trust in them is less then it was before. Even if they did stop doing partnerships with Microsoft they also stopped keeping their users out of the filter bubble, meaning they filter search resualts out, while before they use to claim they didn’t do that.

    • BeboOP
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      45 months ago

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

  • @badbytes@lemmy.world
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    85 months ago

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

  • Obinice
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    75 months 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.

    • @Lammertje@feddit.nl
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      215 months ago

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

      • Tippon
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        05 months ago

        To bring your bookmarks and everything else OP mentioned over from Chrome

        • @Pantherina@feddit.de
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          05 months ago

          Oh that… no Fenix is still a trimmed down piece of ***

          It cant even import bookmarks from Json or HTML, which is very annoying for Torbrowser-Android, as it doesnt have sync and onion=bookmarks

    • @Ferris@infosec.pub
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      85 months 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/

    • @Potatos_are_not_friends@lemmy.world
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      35 months 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.

    • @MSugarhill@feddit.de
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      35 months ago

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

  • Peter G
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    75 months ago

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

  • @xuniL@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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    65 months ago

    Only gripe I’m having with Firefox on Android is the battery usage, which is quite awful unfortunately when compared to other browsers

  • @BigDanishGuy@sh.itjust.works
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    65 months 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.

  • @Kaiserschmarrn@feddit.de
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    55 months 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.

    • @Gallardo994@sh.itjust.works
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      35 months 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.

        • ditty
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          15 months ago

          Confirmed laggy for me running Fennec on Android 13 on my S21.

          I’ve encountered this laggy scrolling on other websites as well since switching to FF ~4 months ago.

        • @limerod@reddthat.com
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          15 months ago

          I tried it. It appears to be an optimization issue. Firefox struggles a bit for some reason but not Chrome. Probably can be reported on the fenix repo for Firefox.

    • @OfficerBribe@lemm.ee
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      15 months ago

      Chromium based browsers on Android always have been more snappy than FF. That said I have primarily used FF for around a year and it is alright. Whenever something does not behave well, I use Vivaldi.

  • Ambuj Yadav
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    45 months ago

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

    Will switch that day!