Firefox Lite for HMD's Go phones?

Hi all, I had another look at Firefox Lite recently (used to be called Firefox Rocket) and it's really good now.

Firefox Lite for HMD's Go phones?

madbilly madbilly
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Hi all,

I had another look at Firefox Lite recently (used to be called Firefox Rocket) and it's really good now. As well as being a standard web browser is somehow contains some Firefox Lite specific search engines for travel, shopping and games. I think the standard browser on Android Go phones is still full-blown Chrome isn't it? (always bloated anyway). In which case a lighter browser is probably a good replacement and Firefox Lite might be the best option out there.

It's intended for emerging markets, particularly in south-east Asia, but anyone can download and install the APK from here:

Has anyone got any experience using this on Go or other lower spec HMD Nokia phones? E.g. Nokia 1, 2, 2.1, 1 plus, C1 or C2?

Cheers 🙂

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  • singhnsk singhnsk
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    Hey? No bloat, remember? We only ship Google product and services with our phones 😉

    I like lite, and I don't like lite. I have a very mixed opinion of the browser. Maybe chrome's data compression feature does a better way on cheaper phones as compared to the "Turbo" mode on the Foxy.

    The size is a definite advantage though.

  • madbilly madbilly
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    Hi @singhnsk,

    Well I wasn't suggesting that HMD ship this on their phones, I'm certain that's against their contract with Google! 🙂

    I was suggesting it to people who have a low spec phone so they could try it, I'd like to know what they think. The browser is mainly intended for "emerging markets", and I'm not sure if India is included but many SE Asian countries are, so I think the specialised travel/games/news search features may work better there, although TBH they seem to work fine in Europe too!

    I don't know how well the turbo mode works at all, that's one of the things I'm interested in learning. Even if Google's compression method is more bandwidth efficient I doubt it's more energy efficient, otherwise I'm sure Mozilla wouldn't even bother pushing it... in fact I think that turbo mode is actually mainly an add blocker, since ads are actually the main bandwidth consumers on most text/picture pages, though obviously not on video pages. Google can't block ads as it would be cutting off its own revenue stream! So Mozilla have got them there 👊

    Cheers 🙂

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