Mozilla, the maker of open source browser Firefox, is reportedly working on a new Internet browser codenamed ‘Fenix’ for the Android operating system (OS).
The new app is expected to target a younger, tech-savvy audience.
The new project is believed to be in the extremely early stages of development, and it isn’t entirely clear whether it will eventually be released as a new app or a new version of Firefox, which is already one of the more popular third-party web-browsers on most platforms, including Android.
It’s worth noting here that apart from Firefox, Mozilla has a number of other browsers on Android, including the privacy-focused Focus and the lightweight data-saving Rocket meant for the Indonesian market.
Take private browsing to the next level. Firefox Focus gives you a dedicated privacy browser with tracking protection and content blocking. You can use Firefox Focus as a standalone browser or as content blocker for Safari on supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.
Firefox Rocket is a light but feature-packed browser that lets you save data and phone storage, capture and share content, and browse quickly even on slow connections except it’s specifically built for Indonesia.
According to Mozilla, one of the biggest such things is the fact that no good, cross-platform web browser exists for AR, VR, and MR experiences.
Now, the company has announced that it is building a browser that is exactly that — compatible across multiple headsets and allowing users easy and intuitive access to the treasure trove that is the internet — all without gathering user data the way major tech giants like Google and Facebook do.
For the most part, according to Mozilla’s statement, it looks like the company knows it can build a web-browser that can handle the weird task of browsing through (mostly) 2D content inside a VR, AR, or MR headset.
“Mixed reality is the wild west. How do you type? How do you express emotion? How do you view the billions of existing 2D web pages as well as new 3D content? How do you communicate? Who maps the world and who controls what you see? Can we build on our work with voice recognition and connected devices to create a better browsing experience? We love tackling these questions. Everything is new again, and we are constantly building and experimenting to find the right answers,” said the company in its blog post about Firefox Reality.
Firefox Android browser ‘Fenix’
There’s not a lot known about the upcoming browser, but as pointed out by Redditor hamsterkill, the name itself may be a bit of an homage to Firefox’s original codename, Fenix, which in turn, was a reference to how the project evolved from the remnants of the defunct Mozilla Suite, just like the Phoenix rose from the ashes.
Among other things, the initial commit message on Github also includes a famous quote from the late Stephen Hawking – “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet”. It also contains a few lines from Ylvis’s 2014 single, ‘The Fox’, as well as a l
ink to a YouTube video of ‘Rize of the Fenix’ from American comedy rockers, Tenacious D.
As things stand now, details about the new project are hard to come by, with Mozilla yet to say anything about it officially, so it will be interesting to see what exactly the Firefox-maker has in store for Android users going forward.