A new version of Firefox Focus for Android is out, bringing some useful features. Before we dive into the changes, I want to point out the fact that Firefox Focus presents itself like no other browser on the market. The mobile browser is developed by Mozilla, which claims that Firefox Focus lets you “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.” In other words, Mozilla takes your privacy very seriously and erases your history after use. If you’re a privacy-minded user, Firefox Focus is the browser you should set as the default on your Android device. It also features a minimalistic design with few configurations options. So much so that it does not even support tabs. Firefox Focus also supports most of the popular search engine that you can set in the browser’s settings.
Version 4 of the browser improves on the search engine features by letting users add their own search engines or remove the ones they don’t want. Mozilla added a new “Add another search engine” button in settings. To add a search engine of your own, tap Settings – the three-vertical bar at the top right of the app. Under Search, tap Add another search engine. Give your search a name and in the search string to use field, enter the link to your query.
Here are some popular search queries you can use:
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%s
- IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/find?q=%s
- Bing: https://www.bing.com/search?q=%s
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%s
- Bugzilla: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/buglist.cgi?quicksearch=%s
- Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/search?q=%s
When done, tap save.
Should you want to remove unwanted search engine, follow the same process and tap remove and put a check mark next to the search engine you want remove and tap the trash icon. Tap the back arrow to save your changes.
Mozilla also added an autocomplete feature to Firefox Focus so users can get to websites with less typing. Autocomplete can be enabled in Settings > URL Autocomplete. Then tap the switch next to the option you want two turn on. These two options are:
Default URL List: Enables autocomplete in the address bar for the most popular websites.
Custom URL: Enables autocomplete for web addresses that you enter yourself.
After you’re done, tap the back arrow to save your changes.
Firefox Focus is a robust browser for Android I strongly recommend you add to your app list. And it is available free for download in Google Play Store.