Mozilla Reportedly Working on a New Android Browser Called Fenix

Mozilla which has made the open source browser, Firefox is working on a new internet browser which is going to be codenamed as ‘Fenix’ for the operating system Android. The new application is going to target for the young generation, tech-savvy audience, according to a report stated.

Mozilla contributors started contributing more actively to the project starting from June, according to the Github history.

According to the reports, there is no comment from the Fenix developers about their plans of commercializing the browser in the immediate future.

The news about the new Mozilla browser was spotted on a GitHub repository, which states that “Fenix is not your parent’s Android browser.” This could mean that Fenix is specifically being targeted towards the younger tech-savvy audience. According to Android Headlines, the name Fenix seems to be a tribute to Firefox, as it used to be its code-name.

The reasons for developing another Android-based browser is still unclear from the developers’ end, especially when Firefox remains one of the most popular Android browsers with over a 100 million installs to date, according to its official Google Play listing.

Mozilla which is founded by the team of Netscape in the year 1998, is the open-source software community presently has three different set of Android browsers – the flagship Firefox browser, privacy-focused Firefox Focus, and beta builds Firefox Nightly.

About Firefox

Firefox is a Web browser that is smaller, faster, and in some ways more secure than the Mozilla browser from which much of its code was originally derived. Compared to Internet Explorer, the most popular Web browser, Firefox gives users a cleaner interface and faster download speeds. As of November 2008, Firefox had about 20% of the market share for browsers, worldwide. Internet Explorer had about 70%.

Firefox includes most of the features with which users of other browsers are familiar. The first iteration of the browser also included several new features other browsers did not have at the time, such as a bookmarks toolbar and tabbed browsing that allow a user to quickly switch back and forth between several Web sites.

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