Since Firefox redesigned for Android in 2020, development has stalled slightly. Mozilla has just added a few new features to the browser, such as improved tracking protection, enhanced small interface, and improved HTTPS connections. Unfortunately, Firefox 92 has not changed much. This small update is now available for download in the APK Mirror and will be available in the Play Store in a few days.
In the latest beta release notes for version 92, Mozilla explains what we can expect from the update. The most interesting change is the support for AVIF image format, based on the AV1 video codec. This promises to save bandwidth compared to traditional image formats, in addition to features such as transparency support and other advanced features.
“Firefox now supports automatic HTTPS upgrades when HTTPS RR is available and uses HTTPS RR as the Alt-Svc header,” the post goes on to explain. This is HTTPS RSource Records is a new type of DNS recorder that signals browsers that websites support HTTPS, which should prevent certain attacks that prevent browsers from upgrading from HTTP to HTTPS.
There are also some desktop-specific changes, such as a redesigned bookmark toolbar and error pages, as well as a few fixes for macOS only.
Unfortunately, this update still does nothing to fix one of the biggest problems people see in Firefox for Android – full extension support. Version 92 is still stuck with the same old set of whitelist extensions that was renewed in November 2020. You still want to use the solution in Firefox Nightly for other extensions.
You can now download Firefox 92 in the APK Mirror. It will be available next week on September 7, 2021 in the Play Store.