Mozilla has announced that Firefox users on Android will be able to install browser extensions directly from addons.mozilla.org (AMO) from Firefox 85 which is due out on January 25. The company said that allowing users to install extensions directly from AMO will help ease the process of installing add-ons.
Until now, Firefox users on Android could only install add-ons that had been verified directly from the browser’s Add-ons Manager; the company will likely keep this method of installation. By allowing installation from AMO, users will be able to follow links to an AMO Extensions page that friends can send them or read online and easily install the extension from there.
The new install buttons that add Firefox compatibility on Android will be added to the AMO website on Thursday during a scheduled site update the firm performs at regular intervals. If you are using a preview version of Firefox 85 or higher, you will be able to use these install buttons starting Thursday.
Firefox’s updated Android browser was rolled out to users on the stable channel in August of last year, but despite Firefox’s complete overhaul on Android, statistics show Firefox is still struggling on mobile. In July, when the final version of the old Firefox mobile was released, Firefox had a 0.48% mobile market share. In December 2020, it had only climbed 0.51%.