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Don't expect Firefox for Android to get tablet UI anytime soon
- Mozilla responded to a review mentioning the lack of tablet UI optimization for Firefox on Android.
- Mozilla confirmed that its team is not working on optimizing the tablet experience at the moment.
- Mozilla did, however, say that it hopes to revisit tablet optimization when time and resources permit.
Among the most popular browsers, Firefox is a pretty good option in most cases. However, its tablet experience leaves something to be desired compared to competitors because of its lack of tablet-optimized UI. And it looks like that aspect of the browser won’t get better anytime soon, unfortunately.
Spotted by abhaykcoc on Reddit, a Firefox user posted a review of the app on its listing in the Google Play Store. In the brief review, the user claims they switched to another browser due to the lack of tablet UI. Mozilla responded to the review by stating:
The Firefox for Android team would love to invest more in optimizing the browser for tablet devices. At this time, however, the team’s focus is directed towards higher priority items on the product roadmap. We do hope to revist this with time and resources permitting.
According to the response, it appears UI optimization on Android tablets is a low priority for the Firefox on Android team at the moment. However, it doesn’t shut the door completely on the prospect of improving the UI. It says, “with time and resources permitting,” but it’s unknown how long it would take for Mozilla to get that time and the resources it needs to focus on tablet UI.
While Firefox users may not have tablet-optimized UI for a while, Firefox for Android did at least get a ton of new extensions last month. Some of these included a dark mode and a web archive extension.