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By lexcyn, Senior Member on 11th May 2017, 03:21 PM
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I saw this posted and decided to compile it for myself. Maybe some other people would like to try it out as well.
This is taken directly from source with no modifications.

Firefox Focus for Android

Browse like no one’s watching. The new Firefox Focus automatically blocks a wide range of online trackers — from the moment you launch it to the second you leave it. Easily erase your history, passwords and cookies, so you won’t get followed by things like unwanted ads.

For more information please see the following links:

http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/05...shows-promise/
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2016/1...owser-for-ios/

Updated as of: November 21st 2017

Gecko Beta version:
app-focus-gecko-beta

WebView Beta version:
app-focus-webview-beta

Klar (German language) WebView Beta version:
app-klar-webview-beta

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Focus by Firefox, App for all devices (see above for details)

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Source Code: https://github.com/mozilla-mobile/focus-android


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Status: Nightly

Created 2017-05-11
Last Updated 2017-11-21
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11th May 2017, 03:21 PM |#2  
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Thanks! I'm kind of not in the mood of testing both which is better right now. Can you tell me which version you'd recommend? Which is faster maybe?

edit: nvm, looks like i'm going to get the webview version
11th May 2017, 04:41 PM |#4  
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Thanks! I'm kind of not in the mood of testing both which is better right now. Can you tell me which version you'd recommend? Which is faster maybe?

edit: nvm, looks like i'm going to get the webview version

WebKit version is much faster.
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11th May 2017, 05:42 PM |#5  
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Thank you very much. It still lacks a few things but overall, it's an interesting experience to play with.
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Thank you very much. It still lacks a few things but overall, it's an interesting experience to play with.

Yeah it seems like it's still in early days. If you look at the git log they are going to be adding Sync soon, and possibly tabbed browsing. I love the look and feel of it though!
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Yeah it seems like it's still in early days. If you look at the git log they are going to be adding Sync soon, and possibly tabbed browsing. I love the look and feel of it though!

Two actions that I tried to do was open something in a background tab and also share a picture. Couldn't do either. I'm hoping that this can be successful as a more lightweight and privacy centric version of the main browser.
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Two actions that I tried to do was open something in a background tab and also share a picture. Couldn't do either. I'm hoping that this can be successful as a more lightweight and privacy centric version of the main browser.

Yeah the options are very limited. You can share a page via the menu and open in another browser... but that's pretty much it right now. I do have to stay it's *very* fast in benchmarks with Webkit though, which is promising.
12th May 2017, 03:29 AM |#9  
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Updated the WebKit version.

Some of the changes include showing the number of blocked objects on the current page, as well the trashcan icon in the taskbar is now the Focus icon (Firefox logo).

Seems like they are changing things often. I've put a request for them to add some sort of versioning in their commits so we know if anything has changed.
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Didn't the Gecko version get any love?
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Didn't the Gecko version get any love?

I can update the gecko version if you want it's just not as fast as the WebKit version.

[Edit]: I've updated all versions, including a new "beta" APK with some of the debug code removed. Note that there is only a "beta" release for the WebKit version at this time.
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