Mozilla’s all-new Firefox model based mostly on fully rewritten code continues receiving enhancements earlier than it is prepared to switch the corporate’s outdated Android browser later this 12 months. After the comparatively minor 5.1 release late final month, model 5.2 brings just a few extra substantial enhancements to the plate, making the browser extra snug to make use of.

The obvious visible change is the auto-hiding backside toolbar. While you begin scrolling down on an internet site, the underside bar now mechanically disappears and solely reappears whenever you scroll up or faucet a hyperlink. For those who’re studying an article, you may additionally discover that the Reader Mode shortcut has been moved into the tackle bar for simpler entry. This Preview model additionally introduces the underside sheet for tab choice we have beforehand coated — your open tabs now stay there as a substitute of proper on the brand new tab web page. For those who faucet and maintain the tab selector button, you may see shortcuts for closing the present website or opening new tabs, identical to in Google Chrome.


Left: Backside sheet for tabs. Center: Lengthy-press menu on tab switcher. Proper: Voice search.

Preview 5.2 moreover introduces voice enter for search, accessible by way of a microphone icon whenever you faucet the tackle bar. A pull-to-refresh gesture has additionally lastly been added, however not within the spot you’d count on — it is solely obtainable within the searching historical past overview for now.

Thanks for making an attempt out Firefox Preview! This launch consists of:

* Redesigned New Tabs Tray
* Assist for voice enter for search
* Varied accessibility enhancements
* Added help for opening pages in Reader Mode from the urlbar
* Enhancements to the dynamic backside toolbar
* Added fast contextual menu to tab switcher
* Added pull-to-refresh gesture to sync historical past
* Varied bug and crash fixes

Sadly, the discharge displays a bug you would possibly discover greater than annoying. While you set Firefox as your default browser and open an in-app hyperlink in a customized tab by way of it, some useless area on the prime of the web site will probably be your fixed companion irrespective of the place you place the toolbar. If you cannot stand that bug in any respect, contemplate going for the Firefox Beta as a substitute for some time.

The useless area is your fixed companion in customized tabs, irrespective of the place you place the toolbar.

Firefox Preview 5.2 is already rolling out on the Play Retailer, but when it is not obtainable to you but, get it from APK Mirror.

Firefox Preview
Firefox Preview