Alternative Browsers for Android. Part 1 – Firefox

Alternative Browsers for Android. Part 1.

This week we will be taking a look at alternative browsers for your DTEK50 or Priv. Both of these devices come with Google’s Chrome browser as standard. I have chosen to disable all Google apps on my Priv and I am trying out alternatives. Over the last few days I have been looking at a few of the most popular web browsers. Today we’re checking out Firefox.

Firefox by Mozilla.

FirefoxFirefox is one of the more popular browsers. It is available for Android, iOS and desktops. In the Google Play Store alone it has over 1 million downloads and a 4.4 star rating.

– Firefox anticipates your needs and intuitively provides multiple suggested and previously searched results across your favourite search engines. Add any website to your list of search providers.
– Easily access shortcuts to search providers including Wikipedia, Twitter and Amazon.

–  Private Browsing with Tracking Protection blocks parts of Web pages that may track your browsing activity.

– With a Firefox Account, access your history, bookmarks and open tabs from your desktop, on your smartphone and tablet.
– Firefox also safely remembers your passwords across devices so you don’t have to.

– Intuitive visual and numbered tabs easily let you find content for future reference.
– Open as many tabs as you like without losing track of your open Web pages.

– Take control of your Web experience by personalizing Firefox with add-ons like ad blockers, password and download managers and more.

Firefox has a good user interface that is simple to understand. You can customise your own Homepage, choose the language of the browser even use your favourite search engine. It even allows you to show search suggestions.


Privacy settings:

There are a heap privacy settings you can access such as Tracking protection, clear data on exit, remember/manage log in credentials and ability to set a master password. You can even open tabs as “Private” tabs. Down load Add-ons such as ad blockers easily.


Here you can change the size of text, enable zoom and allow voice dictation in the URL (address) bar.

Advanced settings:

In Advanced settings you can select to restore tabs after quitting, allow Autoplay of videos and media content, and download remote fonts when loading a web page. There is also a Data Saving feature that allows you to turn of displaying of images to save your data.


In the menu, there are several options. You can go back or forward a page, refresh/reload the page, add bookmarks easily and Share the page in multitude of ways. Open a new tab, open a new “private” tab, view bookmarks, history, find in page (a very neat search feature to find something in particular on the page), a “Page” tab that allows you to print the page, save as a PDF, subscribe or add to Home screen. Tools let you view your downloads, Find Add-ons and view your Logins.

All in all I have found Firefox quite good. Lots of features and an easy user interface, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular web browser apps. If you haven’t tried Firefox, head to the Google Play store or download it HERE.

Let us know in the comments below which browser you use or discuss it in our forums HERE.