Mozilla has been working on a wholesale replacement for Firefox for Android for quite some time. The new browser is codenamed Fenix and evidence from a support document uncovered by Ghacks and reported by Android Police indicates Fenix is moving closer to release. After July 9, further development on Firefox for Android will cease.
The support document indicates Firefox 67 will be released on May 14 and version 68 will appear on July 9. After that, Firefox for Android will be updated with security patches and bug fixes but will get no new features. All new features under development at Mozilla will be implemented in Fenix.
Mozilla is making this move in order to shift development resources to Fenix. The support document indicates Firefox for Android will reach end-of-life in 2020 with a timeline determined by the continued development of Fenix.
Making headway against Chrome in the browser space is a tough go. But if you prefer Firefox, it looks like you’ll be rewarded with a new browser that’s been rebuilt from the ground up if you can hang on until next year.
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