Today, Mozilla updated the mobile versions of its Firefox web browser on iOS and Android with a revamped homepage and new tab management functionality.
Mozilla wrote in a blog post announcing today the update that the mobile version of the browser is specially designed for “short bursts of online interactions on the go that are constantly interrupted by life”.
To that end, the new update seeks to make it easier to access previously dropped or uninterrupted content. There is a new “roll back” feature that lets you go directly to your last open tab.
The Firefox for mobile home page now highlights recently saved bookmarks, as well as recently performed web searches. The idea with the former is that you no longer need to go to the bookmarks menu to access items that might still need your attention on recent visits that have been “interrupted by life”, like the wrote the blog post.
As for the recent web search functionality, Mozilla imagines that you won’t have to leave so many active tabs open with search engine queries. Instead, you can basically automatically add them to your favorites on your homepage for easy access. These saved searches will be kept for 14 days.
And speaking of tabs, the update also seeks to reduce tab clutter by automatically archiving inactive tabs after 14 days. You can still access them easily, but they won’t clutter up the main tab view. Again, this fits with the general theme of helping users return to unfinished tasks, research, or articles in the browser without having to leave an unmanageable number of tabs open.
It should be noted that the tabs feature is only available on Android to start; Mozilla says it will hit iOS “in the next few months.” Likewise, Android is also getting a new way to customize users’ Pocket story feeds in Firefox, with functionality slated for iOS in the future.