Mozilla today released Firefox 8.0 for iOS. Notable additions to the browser include a new tab experience, a night mode, an integrated QR code reader, yMail support, and external keyboard support in the address. You can download the new version now from Apple’s App Store.
Mozilla doesn’t break out the exact numbers for Firefox, though the company does say “half a billion people around the world” use the browser. Firefox for iOS was released as a public preview in September 2015 and as a stable release in November 2015.
First up, Firefox’s new tab experience is rolling out “gradually.” You should expect to see recently visited sites as well as highlights from previous web visits built right in. There are also a bunch of bug fixes related to tabs in this release (see the changelog below).
Firefox for iOS has also received a night mode. As you might expect, this feature dims the brightness of the screen, easing the strain on your eyes when you’re in a dark room or out and about at night. Check it out in action:
Mozilla has also decided it wants to eliminate the need to download a separate app for QR codes. Firefox for iOS now has a built-in QR code reader that opens the corresponding URL in the current tab.
Lastly, Mozilla is rolling out Feature Recommendations in the U.S. and Germany. These are basically hints and timesavers in the browser — power users will likely want to turn them off.