There are tools available on iPhones right now that will offer a similar experience to Firefox Focus – Safari’s private browsing mode, when combined with a content blocker, for instance – but the hope for the company is that it can convince users that it’s easier to click a separate app icon for those times when they need private browsing.
On the desktop, Firefox continues to be a popular browser, used by more than three times the number of people who use Internet Explorer, according to data collected by W3Schools. But the rise of mobile has led to the browser’s overall importance shrinking, with Chrome’s user share – on desktop and mobile combined – reaching almost three-quarters of the total market, and dwarfing the 15% of browsers who use Firefox.
The open-source browser, which traces its roots back to Netscape, hit its highest share of users in July 2009, when 47.9% of web surfers had it installed. At the time, Google Chrome was on just 6.5% of devices.