Firefox Beta for Android: Now Supports Do Not Track Privacy Feature
Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox Beta for Android, with the ability for users to turn on the “Do Not Track” privacy feature. Mozilla’s shift to more frequent release cycles promises cutting edge Firefox features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster.
Firefox for Android is the first mobile Web browser to offer the Do Not Track privacy feature. Do Not Track allows users to have more control over how their browsing behavior is tracked and used online by different advertising websites. When a user tells Firefox to enable the “Do Not Track” option, Firefox tells advertisers and marketers that the user has opted out of third-party behavioural tracking with cookies.
This gives users the power to decide whether they are tracked online for advertising purposes which amounts to far better privacy options for users. This post from Privacy Engineer Sid Stamm has more information on Do Not Track.
How to enable “Do Not Track” in Firefox Beta for Android?
Android users using that latest version of Firefox, can turn on the “Do Not Track” option by going to Menu > Preferences and enabling “Tell sites not to track me.“
Other than the addition of the Do Not Track feature, the latest version of Firefox Beta for Android has the following changes:
- Improved page load speed, especially on 3G networks
- Improved panning responsiveness
- Improved compatibility with SwiftKey keyboard
- Images downloaded to the Android Gallery are now immediately visible
- Improved color conversion enabling better display of images and video
- Dialog prompts better match default Android styling
- Added support for over six menu items in the Android Menu
- Resolved an error encountered when trying to load web pages without an active Internet connection.
- IPv6 on Android
overflow: scroll” and “
overflow: auto” CSS properties
- Restartless Add-ons
- HTML5 online/offline events
Also out of over 150 add-ons that are available for Firefox for mobile, and counting. Nearly 100 add-ons are already compatible with the latest browser version.
Firefox 5 is available for Android 2.0 and higher phone with an ARMv7 processor. Firefox 5 requires 512 MB of RAM and around 17 MB of storage. However, Android 2.2 users can move Firefox and user data to the SD card using Android’s Settings app.