|Initial release||December 7, 2015|
|Type||Mobile browser, Ad-Blocker|
Firefox Focus is a free and open-source privacy-focused browser from Mozilla, available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Firefox Focus initially was a tracker-blocking application for mobile iOS devices, released in December 2015. It has been developed into a minimalistic web browser shortly afterwards. However, it can still work solely as a tracking-blocker in the background of the Safari browser on Apple devices. In June 2017 the first release for Android platform went public and has been downloaded over 1 million times in the first month. It is available in 27 languages. Since July 2018 Firefox Focus is preinstalled on the BlackBerry Key2 as part of the application Locker.
To bypass content-blocker restrictions from Apple, Firefox Focus is using the UIWebView-API on iOS devices. On Android, it has been using the Blink engine in version 6.x or earlier, and will use GeckoView in version 7.0.
Firefox Focus is designed to block online trackers, including third-party advertising, with the end goal of both improving browsing speed and protecting user's privacy. Content blocking is achieved using the Disconnect block lists. The blocking of third-party trackers (except "other content trackers") is enabled by default. In the other Firefox browsers, users have to enable the Tracking Protection feature inside the browser preferences manually. Users can also view types of trackers on a page by tapping on the shield icon next to the URL bar. A panel will pop-up and shows what kind of trackers are on that page: ad trackers, analytics trackers, social trackers or content trackers.
Firefox Focus can be set as content-blocker in the Safari web browser options. After activating the Safari integration in the Firefox Focus settings, it will disable trackers automatically in the background when browsing using the Safari browser.
Pressing the trash icon while browsing will delete all session data and refer to the startscreen, that is displaying the customisable search bar. Tabs can be opened by long-pressing an URL on a website. Favourite links can be set on the homescreen of the device.
Firefox Focus contains a option called telemetry. By activating it, users allow Mozilla to collect and receive non personal-identifiable information to improve Firefox. Due to privacy concerns, telemetry of Firefox Klar is disabled by default.
Minimum device requirements
There are some minimum hardware requirements to remove tracking contents. The mechanism needs hardware that can handle the extra load of content blocking so it only works on 64-Bit devices running iOS 9 and above including:
- iPhone 5s and newer
- iPad Air and newer
- iPad mini 2 and newer
- iPod touch from the 6th generation
Firefox Klar (renamed for German language)
It is also known as "Firefox Klar" in German-speaking context in order to avoid the ambiguity with the German news magazine FOCUS. F-Droid use this flavor due to their policy avoids telemetry as tracking.
- Firefox, the desktop web browser
- Firefox for Android, a project for Android smartphones and tablet computers
- Firefox for iOS, a project for iOS smartphones and tablets
- Safari, the default web browser for iOS
- Mobile browser
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