Years ago, Mozilla's "Test Pilot" initiative encouraged users to test mobile versions of the Firefox browser in the beta test. Now, Mozilla asks users to use the new reference browser to introduce a new generation of Firefox to Android phones.
Firefox is one of the most popular browsers for Android. It's fast, can be synchronized with the Firefox browser on your desktop, and offers tabbed features that are better than most mobile browsers. But the world of mobile phones is starting to change. At the end of the year, phones with 5G will be displayed, phones that fold into tablets, and phones with 1
In a post in the Mozilla community, Paul Wright, a leading Firefox employee, announced that Mozilla is now starting to build more powerful mobile apps. These apps use Geckoview and Glean and use more account integration. Presumably, the next big Firefox app for your Android phone feels more like a real browser and less like a phone browser.
Mozilla needs guinea pigs to test this new technology. That's why the company launches the Reference Browser, a silent beta test project. Users who sign up to use the reference browser will get a preview of the new Mozilla technology and accelerate the company's development process by providing user data and feedback.
The reference browser is not a finished product. and it's not meant to be anyone's primary mobile browser. Paul Wright emphasizes that the reference browser should be considered a "technology preview" and that Mozilla is only doing so to accelerate the development of their future mobile browsers.
If you want to help Because Mozilla is developing its new browser technology, you must sign up for the Reference Browser Google Group. Just make sure you use the same Google Account you use to download apps from the Google Play Store. Once you're signed in, you can download the reference browser from Google Play. And that's all that goes with it. You are now a test pilot.
Mozilla prompts users to report bugs and issues to a Github group, but the company benefits from using your reference browser, regardless of whether you report issues or not. As you can imagine, Mozilla collects a lot of data from the reference browser. The company has said that collecting data from beta programs is a necessary evil, and test pilots should be aware that they do not have as much privacy in beta programs as in full versions of the Firefox browser.
Test pilot's warning, beta browsers are not as secure as fully-developed browsers. Paul says Mozilla is "pretty sure your personal information is safe" when using the reference browser. That's … calming and yet vague. He recommends that users do not rely too much on the reference browser and save a "copy of bookmarks and passwords in another copy of Firefox" just in case something goes wrong.