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Download Firefox 23 for Android with New Updates


After desktop systems it’s time to get Firefox 23 for Android devices. Android owners can make their mobile browsing faster and easier with this new Firefox version. This version comes with many useful and interesting features including the switch to tab option, option to select default search engine and basic support for subscribing to RSS feeds. The “Switch to Tab” helps the user to easily locate and switch to any open tab from your Awesome Screen without opening duplicate tabs. Reading the RSS feeds on mobile is becomes easier, you can long-tap on the address bar of a website to display a context menu with options to copy, share, or add it to the home screen of the browser.

Firefox 23 by default shows the page title in the address bar, but you can change it to display the URL in it. Just tap on the menu button of your phone -> Go to settings and scroll down to find the title bar preference -> tap on it and switch to show page address.

The new version of Firefox lets you change your default search provider from the add-ons manager with few clicks. Visit the Add-ons manager -> Long-tap on an installed search engine -> A dialog box will come select “Disable” or “Set as Default”.

New Features in Firefox 23:

  • Improved Awesome Screen, now it supports a switch to tab feature.
  • The dynamic address bar hides automatically once you start scrolling down. To bring it back, either scroll up again or press the menu button on your phone.
  • Basic support for subscribing to feeds (RSS/Atom) with long-tap in address bar
  • Add pages to reading list on devices incapable of accessing Reader Mode
  • Preliminary implementation of Firefox Health Report for Android. (you can disable the feature with a tap on the menu button, and the selection of Settings > Data Choices).
  • Settings added to let the users display URLs in the title bar instead of page titles
  • Users can now specify a default search engine
  • Implemented switch-to-tab
  • Added hu and tr to Android multi-locale builds
  • Added Serif/Sans Serif font toggle to Reader Mode
  • Long press Reader Mode icon to add article to Reading List.
  • Improved remembers user entered search terms.
  • Added support for for Turkish and Hungarian language.

The existing users of Firefox will get notification to update the browser, but the new users have to download Firefox 23 for Android from the following link.
Download Firefox 23 for Android.

  1. David says

    is it possible to disable switch to tab in Firefox 23? (Android).

    I hate this rancid feature with a vengeance. I never find it enhances my browsing experience and often find out gets in the way of how I want to use my browser. Having this ill thought out “feature” enable by default is horrible and making it so hard to get rid of, reprehensible!

    1. Durga says

      Of course you can.Go through the below given steps.
      In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter
      The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise!,
      To continue to the about:config page. Type browser.newtab.url in the search box.
      Double-click the browser.newtab.url preference and change the url from about:newtab to about:blank. Click OK and close the about:config tab.

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