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dantheclamman
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Status: Trending idea

Firefox Fennec had a great tabbed interface on tablets. When Fenix came, we regressed to a stretched out phone UI. After years of stagnation, Android tablets are rising again, thanks to foldables and new initiatives from Google. Firefox is missing out by not including a tabbed interface for Android tablet users, particularly because FF has best in class syncing abilities. Android power users are enthusiastic recommenders of their favorite browsers, so it would be huge advantage over Chromium based competitors!   

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Mendy
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A great feature on tablet mode would be a better desktop mode (desktop site option in menu) with features like:

  • quick access to toggling between desktop/mobile site without having to open menu.
  • Setting a global default per site (some sites only work on desktop and if you open it on mobile mode it redirects you to the app store, so you don't get a chance to change to desktop site once loaded)
ndst
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This is a popular request on GitHub: https://github.com/mozilla-mobile/fenix/issues/14921

Someone
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Split screen support would also be amazing!

Pandora
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With Android 12L and 13 adapting the OS to tablets, there couldn't be a better time to adapt the browser than now.

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Jon
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dskouras
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I  completely agree with this. I use FF on Mac, Linux, Windows, and iOS. But on my android tablet the UI is simply unusable. Tabs are hidden, controls are spread over a large space requiring a lot of travel to do simple things. Similarly for having easy access to bookmarks. We need a the desktop interface, more or less.

Also setting desktop mode as standard is a must. Some websites are unusable in phone mode on a large tablet. Given the excellent sync functionality as well as additional services like VPN etc, which make FF the perfect multi-platfrom broweser, this is a real missed opportunity.

ance
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Tab bar for Android

Please add a tab bar for android. With the new update for larger screens, Android 12L, I think Firefox desperately needs a tab bar for large screens.

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Jon
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SpoonK
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Hi, voting for this, as already explained on https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1388937#answer-1533771

Basically, FF on Android do needs the tabs, at least with wide enough screens (and the so called "tabs" in FF android are not tabs, just search "tabs for paperwork" to see what is a tab 😉 )

I tried to get used to the new Android FF, but sorry, I can't, it's a mess and I am wasting time tapping where only one tap is enough on other browsers (no surprise that FF is only 0.20% of tablets navigator)

Let's hope now that you won't propagate this to FF desktop 😛

 

 

NeatNit
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This is LONG overdue, three years at least. See this GitHub issue: https://github.com/mozilla-mobile/fenix/issues/2344

Many users have been lost due to this.