Since the redesigned Firefox for Android arrived in 2020, development has stalled slightly. Since then Mozilla has only added a few new features to the browser, such as better tracking protection, a small interface improvement, and improvements to HTTPS connections. Unfortunately, Firefox 92 doesn’t change much in this regard. The small update is now available for download on APK Mirror and will start rolling out on the Play Store in a few days.
In the latest beta release notes for version 92, Mozilla describes what we can expect from the update. The most interesting change is the support for the AVIF picture format, based on the AV1 video codec. It promises bandwidth savings over traditional image formats, plus goodies like transparency support and other advanced features.
The post also explains that “Firefox now supports automatic HTTPS updates when HTTPS RR is available and using HTTPS RR as Alt-Svc headers.” These HTTPS R.source R.Ecords are a new type of DNS record that signals browsers that websites support HTTPS, which should help prevent some forms of attacks that prevent browsers from updating the connection from HTTP to HTTPS.
There are also some desktop-specific tweaks, like a redesigned bookmark toolbar and error pages, as well as some macOS-only tweaks.
Unfortunately, the update still does nothing to fix one of the biggest problems people see with Firefox for Android: full extension support. Version 92 is still stuck with the same old collection of authorized add-ons that was extended in November 2020. You still have to rely on a workaround available in Firefox Nightly for other extensions.
You can download Firefox 92 on APK Mirror right now. It will start rolling out on the Play Store next week, September 7, 2021.