Firefox 68 said to offer Web Authentication support, fixes for Android Q and more

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated Jul 04 2019
Firefox 68 said to offer Web Authentication support, fixes for Android Q and more
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Firefox is reportedly rolling out the version 68 of its browser on Android.

The app is said to be updated with Web Authentication support.

The update is yet to roll out on Android devices at the time of writing this article.

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Mozilla recently showcased the pilot version of its upcoming Firefox Preview Android app, which is said to focus on “safety, privacy and independence.” While the app is available for testing on the Play Store, the company is releasing the latest version 68 of its standard Firefox browser for Android. As per Android Police, the most notable addition this update brings to the browser is support for Web Authentication API. Instead of using passwords, the API enables websites to use security keys to log users in. However, there aren’t many websites that implement the feature, even though Google introduced feature almost a year ago in its Chrome browser.  

The new version is said to be the final feature update for Firefox as Mozilla is working on a completely new version of it on Android, as per the report. Subsequent updates for the privacy-centric browser are said to come with only bug fixes. In addition to the web authentication protocol, the new patch adds a new settings page for compatibility workarounds, performance improvements, and fixes for Android Q. 

As mentioned earlier, Mozilla recently announced its Firefox Preview app, which is based on GeckoView browser engine. This browser engine is said to deliver greater flexibility in terms of privacy and security and Firefox says that unlike other major Android browsers that are based on Blink, Firefox’s GeckoView engine gives the company the ability to develop “faster, secure and user-friendly browser.” Firefox Preview is also said to deliver up to two times faster browsing experience than previous Firefox versions for Android. The app features bottom navigation bar and Collections, a new feature that helps users save, organise, and share collections of sites. Further, Firefox Preview blocks trackers by default, which results in faster browsing and fewer annoyances, the company said.

 

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