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Is Firefox for Android really slow?

May 6, 2017 at 18:51:49
Specs: several
I have been using the default browser on this Android 4.4.2 tablet
until just now, when I downloaded and installed Firefox. Compared
to the default browser, it seems to be deathly slow.

I went offline before installing it, as always. The first thing after
starting it for the first time, it showed a homepage with maybe six
links, including Facebook and Yahoo and the like. So I went into
the settings and changed the homepage to a page I created with
about 150 bookmarks, that I stored on the tablet. It contains no
icon or image data, just links and dates. Barebones bookmarks.
It seems to take a minute to display each time Firefox is restarted. is the only website I've visited so far, but everything
here is slow compared to the default browser.

In Settings > Search, Show History is on but Show Suggestions is
turned off. In Settings > Privacy, I turned EVERYTHING off.
In Settings > Notifications, I left What's new in Firefox turned on.
In Settings > Advanced, I left Show web fonts turned on.

I'll see now how long it takes to post this message and refresh
the page. Edit: Well, not terrible. Just a little slow. Positioning
the cursor by touching the screen with my finger in this textbox
was frustrating in the Android default browser. Double so in FF.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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May 6, 2017 at 21:30:42
Opera Mobile or Opera Mini is a better choice than Firefox for an alternate Android browser:

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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May 7, 2017 at 10:54:06
"I have been using the default browser on this Android 4.4.2 tablet"

What is the default browser? What prompted you to try Firefox? Have a look at this comparison. It's over 6 months old & there have been updates to the browsers since it was written, but it appears Puffin should be considered.

BTW, if you haven't already done so, I recommend installing CCleaner on your phone.

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May 7, 2017 at 22:36:12
The Android default browser is ... the Android default browser.
It is simply named "Browser". It came with Android 4.4.2. Its
version number likewise is 4.4.2. The only major problem I have
with it at the moment is that it reports to Google everything I do.
Or at least, everything I type or paste into the location box, even
if it is a web address that does not require any kind of search.
So I thought I'd try Firefox to see if its as snoopy as Google.

Two operas and a puffin. I'll look at them.

I use CCleaner occasionally. Maybe 2-3 times per month. It isn't
apparent to me that it deletes any browser-related files that can't
be deleted from the browser settings.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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May 8, 2017 at 06:35:00
"The Android default browser is ... the Android default browser"

Android is a Linux based OS developed by Google. The default browser is most likely Chrome (or based on Chrome), which would explain why everything you do is reported to Google. There should be a way of checking exactly what it is & the version number.

As for CCleaner, I use it all the time on all my phones & Windows PCs. Generally several times per day. I use BleachBit on my Linux systems. They're like one-stop shopping. Rather than having to poke around in the browser settings, I just click & clean.

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May 10, 2017 at 23:53:06
mini browser is best for android

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May 11, 2017 at 02:40:04
yes ..firefox is slow for android.
In android UC Browser and Chrome are working gud

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September 16, 2017 at 14:47:40
I notice that the Android default browser is not among the
browsers compared in the article linked by riider in
reply #2.

It appears that although Puffin tests as very fast, it does so
by routing ALL requests and data through its own servers.
So it is at least as bad as the default browser at sending info
to Google, and might be far worse.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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