Firefox 8.0 for iOS Brings New Tab Experience, Night Mode, and QR Code Reader

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Mozilla has released Firefox 8.0 for iOS with several notable new features including a Night Mode, a built-in QR code reader, and a redesigned tab experience.

Changes to the web browser's tabs mean users now see recently visited sites whenever they open up a new one, combined with highlights from previous web visits. Mozilla says this change in particular will be rolled out to users gradually over the next few weeks.


As for the new Night Mode, this refers to a web page brightness dimming feature for easier reading in dark environments, rather than a darkened interface as such.

Version 8.0 of the browser also introduces Feature Recommendations, which are basically hints and time-saving tips to help users improve their Firefox experience. In addition, it's also now possible to send a web page or tab to another Firefox-synced device, across both desktop and mobile devices.

Other smaller tweaks to the app include yMail as one of the supported email clients, the password manager now has improved login page detection, and when users copy a link Firefox will now prompt them to open it, rather than having to paste it in manually.

Firefox 8.0 web browser is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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43 months ago
Who uses Firefox nowadays, when there's a perfectly fine one...Safari.

Now just fix that ugly icon.

They just fixed it, oh wait...that was 2013 ('https://blog.mozilla.org/creative/2013/06/27/a-new-firefox-logo-for-a-new-firefox-era/')
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43 months ago

I love how sure you are of yourself. So I won't waste your time informing you of some very severe limitations in Safari. I had to use Chrome to accomplish things that Safari completely FAILS at. Safari if far from being fail safe.

1. You used Chrome, not Firefox.
2. Nothing is perfect.(I have no limitations in Safari, if sites use Java/Silverlight I won't use them).
3. Safari is the fastest browser.
4. Safari is included when you install macOs so why bother changing to another.
5. You won't see me using anything google, chrome included, and yes, I block ALL google scripts/Adds/cookies/trackers...
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43 months ago
Apologies for off-topic, but wouldn't the phone in the picture above be a great iPhone? The footprint of the SE but bezel-less meaning the screen could be around iPhone 6 size. And looks great.
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43 months ago
Now just fix that ugly icon.
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43 months ago

I appreciate what Mozilla does, but why bother with Firefox on iOS? Is there some killer feature I'm missing?

Yes, it syncs tabs to your desktop and via-a-versa. So one can begin an article or find a company to use and get home and sync to their Firefox... But my Safari already does that (he/she says), ah not on Windows!

I do agree that QR codes are DEAD for consumers, great for business use for inventory, tracking, etc. but a pain in the backside for consumers.
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43 months ago
Downloaded it and gave it a go on my iPad Mini. It's a bit slow and clunky.
Safari is still way ahead.
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