Four years ago Mozilla announced its Android platform app which hits an amazing milestone of 100 million downloads today. The stats are confirmed on Google Play, where the app is clearly visible under the install category range of “100,000,000 – 500,000,000.″ Mozilla with this figures is by a mile the most accepted and loved alternative browser option for the Android platform. The Mozilla Android app is by far away from its next runner up that is Opera which still sits in the “50,000,000 – 100,000,000″ range on the Google Play. However the number is for the amount of installs and downloads not for the active users that are for sure but still it’s a great milestone to be achieved by an alternative browser on the Android platform which has its own inbuilt Google Chrome browsing option.
According to the claims made by Google in November Chrome had 400 million active users which is by far huge for any another browser to match but yes Google did not specified that the number was for Android only or even iOS was included in the counting. Mozilla has also not yet shared the number of active users that it has on the Android platform, those figures will tell us exactly how many users actually are using the alternative Mozilla Firefox browser app on the Android platform. As of now the company only averted all the questions by merely saying that “We have tens of millions of active installs.” The company does say “half a billion people around the world” use the browser across all platforms, but to date it has not broken out that figure.
Mozilla’s released Firefox 37 last month which was updated to specifically improve performance and download speeds on the Android platform. The general updates for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android are released by Mozilla in a period of six weeks approximately. Mozilla’s Firefox browser application for Apple is still missing and there is news that the iOS version is still under developing period while the company refused to release an iOS app in 2013 due to the reason that Apple was not allowing the browser developers to use their own rendering engine. It’s only this year that the company finalized its plans not to release an app for iOS and back pedaled on its previous decision which received mixed feelings from the Firefox users and fans around the globe. This clearly means that Gecko, Firefox’s browser engine, will be now limited to just Android and Firefox OS devices in the smart phone world. The company will have to pay this price in order to grow its own mobile platform.
The Firefox browser is committed to user’s privacy and delivers high and swift performance. The company also believes in an open source internet platform. The browser was named the “speed king” in independent benchmark and performance tests against other browsers. The app offers high customization options and an adaptive way to share anything. The Quick Share feature remembers your most recently used apps and helps you find things in a pretty easy and fast manner.