Mozilla has released a new beta version of its popular Firefox web browser and it’s got a fantastic feature for Android smartphones. Firefox 42 Beta for Android brings Tab Queuing— i.e. the ability to open external links later in the background in Firefox.
“Open URLs in the background” is a complex single line to explain a simple action. And once you hear what it actually is, you’ll want it!
Let’s say you are browsing your Twitter or Facebook feed. You come across an interesting link. You want to continue browsing your timeline, but you know that tapping the link will open it in a browser.
Well, with Tab Queue, that doesn’t happen. When you tap a link, it’s added to your Firefox Tab Queue. A toast notification tells you that the link has been added, without opening Firefox or loading the link immediately.
Your Tab Queue (with the number of links stored) appears in your Android’s notifications bar. Tap that or the toast notification to go to Firefox, which will then start loading all those links.
TL;DR: When you are using any app, you can continue using it. When you see a link, tap it and it’s added to a queue, without moving you away from the app. Go to your notifications to find your Tab Queue, and with one tap, open them all in Firefox.
Tap “Open” in the toast notification when you go to a link
Tap the Firefox Beta “X tabs waiting” notification in your notifications bar.
What is Tracking Protection?
Firefox 42 Also Adds Tracking Protection, in both the desktop and Android browsers. This feature stops third-party companies from tracking you when you move from site to site. It’s available only in the Private Browsing mode.
“Users have a greater expectation of privacy when using Private Browsing,” Mozilla says. “Users reported that they believed Private Browsing was already protecting them from third-party tracking across the Internet.” So Mozilla is baking that feature into the browser.
On some sites, Tracking Protection blocks ads too, including here at MakeUseOf. If you are using Tracking Protection, we request that you please whitelist MakeUseOf by disabling the feature for this site, since we are an ad-supported, free information source.
One of the best features of Chrome is tab muting. With this, when a tab in the background is playing audio—like, say, a YouTube video—then you will see a loudspeaker icon on that tab. This makes it easy to spot where the sound is coming from.
If you want to mute that tab, just click the loudspeaker icon. To unmute, click again. It’s an incredibly easy way to silence individual tabs while keeping the tab open.
Is Firefox Ready to Beat Chrome?
Firefox on Android is looking like a great browser now. On the desktop, Mozilla is adding some of Chrome’s best features, like tab muting and will soon let you run Chrome extensions in Firefox. It looks like Firefox is ready to take the battle to Chrome.