Firefox Focus Brings Urdu and Privacy Features for Pakistani Users

Mobile web browsers are a dime a dozen on the Google Play Store and it is often difficult to find one that suits your requirements. There are some browsers which are light on resources, some that offer complete privacy, and then some with ad blocking features.

Firefox Focus is a new privacy-focused browser from Mozilla which offers all of these popular features and is more user-friendly than the regular Firefox browser for Android.

Plus it comes with a Urdu language option too!

Design

FireFox Focus is as minimalist as they come. The company says they wanted to remove all of the clutter from the screen so the users can ‘focus’ on the web pages without any distractions.

To this end, Mozilla has simply removed every single thing from the browser window and all you get is a homepage with an option to enter a website’s address.

Though, you do get a single web address pane at the top along with a Settings menu when a website is opened, that also hides as soon as you start scrolling.

The only other visible element is a trashcan button on the bottom right which can be used to delete all user info and end the browsing session.

To stay clutter-free, the browser avoids multiple tabs and only a single tab can be opened per session.

An ad tracker counter in the settings lets you keep track of how many ads and trackers the browser blocked on a web page.

Features

Firefox Focus is as light on the memory as an app can get. It launches instantly and comes with top-of-the-line privacy features.

Accompanying its built-in ad blocker is a tracker blocker, which can let you avoid trackers that can guess your identity based on your device and IP address.

Tracker filters include ads, social trackers, analytics trackers and “other trackers”. You do get the option to disable or enable any of these blocking features in the settings menu in case a web page insists that you unblock it to proceed further.

It comes with Urdu

Firefox Focus is also available in the Urdu language. Umer Tanveer (Language Lead) and Adeel Tahir from Pakistan worked on making it more localized for Pakistani users out there. This alone is enough to make Firefox Focus popular here.

To enable Urdu language:

  • go to the Settings menu (3 dots),
  • tap Language (the first option),
  • scroll down to select Urdu.

There are still some minor issues in how Firefox handles with a Urdu language user interface. But its a good start nonetheless and can be fixed in future updates.

Privacy

If the browser is running in the background, it allows the user to delete all browsing data straight from the notifications. The stealth mode is enabled by default which prevents screenshots and you can’t see what’s open in the browser in the task switcher pane. It can be turned off from the Settings though, if you like to take screenshots.

Firefox Focus can also be set as the default browser (a feature that is missing in the iOS version). The app is only 7MB in size after installation, which means that you can save a lot of space and reduce RAM usage.

Using the browser, one can save data, enjoy faster and secure browsing.

How to Download?

The app can be downloaded for free from the links below:

Final Words

As far as mobile browsers go, it doesn’t get simpler than Firefox Focus. It’s as easy as it can get and perfect for newbies who are just learning to browse the web or are using entry level smartphones.

Aside from that, Mozilla made sure the browser’s security features are top notch. The only downside we could find was that it doesn’t come with a built-in VPN but that’s not something that many mainstream mobile browsers offer.

Will you be trying out the latest browser from Mozilla, especially its Urdu version? Let us know in the comments below.

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