It is being reported that Mozilla is working on a new internet browser for Android devices, which is likely to be called Fenix. The development of the browser seems to be in its early stages, with the company only to have started actively contributing to the project since June. That said, it’s not extremely clear if the new Mozilla browser will actually be launching, considering Firefox is already one of the most popular third-party browsers for Android devices.
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.
While the project was originally started four months ago, Mozilla has only actively dedicated resources to the project in June. The company is yet to comment on Fenix, or its plans to commercialize it in the future. It’s also unclear why Mozilla is developing a new browser, when the current Firefox browser seems to be one of the most popular third-party browsers on Android, with about 100 million downloads. However, it will be interesting to see what the company plans on bringing to the table with its new offering.
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That said, Mozilla is constantly developing new features for its existing Firefox browser on all platforms. Recently, the browser added to its security features on iOS by activating tracking protection by default. The company is also developing Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality support for its PC browsers.