Resource(CPU & RAM) Usage8.5/10
- Blocks Trackers around the web
- Uses low memory than Chrome
- Dark mode
- Better Privacy features such as DNS over Https
- Feels clunky
- Firefox is failing to attract new users and losing market share rapidly
Mozilla FireFox – Introduction
Not long ago there was a time when Microsoft ruled the world of computers and Internet Explorer was king of the Internet browsers. Microsoft didn’t invest enough money in the further development of IE because the search engine business was not as lucrative back then and most of the Microsoft income was coming from directly selling windows and office. Also, Internet Explorer was getting enough users anyway, reaching 94.6% market share at its peak in 2004 so, Microsoft thought it is wise not to invest more resources on the further development of their browser. The result? People were forced to stick with an outdated, slow, horribly designed browser.
This is where Mozilla came to rescue with their non-profit project- Mozilla Firefox. It was clean, simple, fast, safe, and modern. Microsoft still wasn’t aware of the threat. Firefox grew fast as most people were considering alternatives reaching over 31% of the market share at its peak in 2009.
Firefox has always maintained its role as a privacy-focused browser. It always leads the way among major browsers for better privacy practices. It was an early adopter of trackers blocking feature as well as DNS over https (DOH) and other privacy-oriented features.
Is Firefox Dying?
There are two types of people—one, who have never even installed Firefox and other who will never use any other browser other than Firefox. There is still a huge number of dedicated Firefox fans who love the Firefox project and will proudly recommend to other users. This is the reason Firefox is still #3 most used browser after Google Chrome and Safari.
After reaching its peak in 2009 with over 31% of market share, Firefox is declining continuously as Google Chrome entered the market. As of 2020, Firefox has less than 9% of market share compared to over 70% of Chrome.
Firefox has an extremely weak presence in smartphones. As most Android users use the preinstalled Chrome and iOS users use safari, Firefox has a serious disadvantage. Also, Firefox didn’t focus on smartphone development early on. Among major browsers, Firefox was the only smartphone browser that had full extension support but they have removed that feature with the latest version and now it only supports a limited number of them. It caused a massive backlash from firefox users and the app was flooded with one-star reviews in the Google play store. Firefox team has mentioned that support for more extensions will come in the future.
- Blocks Ads trackers
- Password Manager
- Less Memory usage compared to Chrome