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Mozilla to replace Firefox on Android with new browser, dubbed "Fenix"

Firefox for Android will begin to fizzle out later this year. Mozilla is moving their ailing mobile browser into an extended-support update scheme in order to focus on a new mobile browser: Fenix. Firefox for Android will continue to receive minor updates until Fenix is ready to launch, at which point Firefox will move into end-of-life.

Mozilla may have one of the most popular browsers for desktop and laptop computers, but Firefox has failed to make a dent in the mobile browser market. Mozilla seems to think that Firefox on Android may have run its course and has plans to push out a new mobile browser, codenamed Fenix.

Firefox for Android, codenamed Fennec, hasn’t seen any substantial updates over the past year. In fact, most updates contain nothing more than bug fixes and minor optimizations. This may be because Mozilla has been planning to move Firefox into legacy status with a long-term support update scheme.

Mozilla recently released Fennec’s timeline in a support document, and that path details the browser’s entrance into end-of-life (EOL). Firefox for Android will move into an ESR (extended support release) channel in September this year in order to pave the way for something new: Fenix.

Apparently, Mozilla feels that Fennec has been diverting resources away from the development of Fenix, which explains why Fennec will be pushed to the ESR channel later this year. Updates for Fennec after that time should be few and far between and will likely be small fixes, allowing the Mozilla team to focus more attention on Fenix.

Eventually, Fennec will enter EOL and will no longer receive updates. This may happen as soon as next year, but Mozilla hasn’t offered any specifics. What is certain is that once Fenix is up and running and has reached “migration readiness,” Fennec will officially move into its EOL.

Looks like Firefox for Android may be blazing out sooner than expected, but Mozilla is sure to rise from Fennec’s ashes with Fenix.

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Sam Medley, 2019-04-28 (Update: 2019-04-28)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.