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When will Firefox Focus 9.0 be fixed?

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First of all, the latest update to Firefox Focus 9.0, in my opinion, shifts Firefox Focus more towards the standard Firefox & Firefox Beta apps for Android. What I most loved about the old Focus was the tiny app size, low battery consumption, automatic tracking blocking, and extremely fast browsing speeds. Now that it's connecting to Google's Safe Browsing and all of the Firefox web tools like shavar, it's no longer a small app (it used to be under 5MB, then shifted to 30-50Mb - which was fine - but is now taking up over 160MB of space!), it's no longer a fast browser whatsoever (went from the fastest I've tried to the slowest), and it eats up battery life like crazy. I'm seriously disappointed. The only things I didn't like about the previous versions of Focus were the facts that I couldn't change the core settings with about:config & that I couldn't apply user certificates that allowed me to filter https content. Those unfortunate facts remain unchanged. The new Firefox Focus is really now just a crappy version of the standard Firefox app without customization settings. Simply using 1 or 2 browser addons with Firefox or Fennec (F-droid) or just using Brave Browser or pretty much any speedy browser with AdGuard & custom tracking filters now achieves far better results. Additionally, there is a bug in the cookies choices. When I select Block all 3rd party cookies it shows that I've selected Block 3rd party tracker cookies only - and vice versa. Finally, when I hit Back to return to search results I have to click Resubmit. This never happened in earlier versions. In fact I get a TON of browsing errors in 9.0 that I NEVER got before.

I am writing to request on behalf of everyone that you strongly reconsider the developmental direction of Firefox Focus. I had been using it as my default browser for the past 18 months, but now I am definitely looking elsewhere. My suggestions: reduce the size by 50% or more, reduce the battery consumption, get back to the browsing speeds from previous versions (what used to be 1s or less now takes 5-10s and sometimes more or results in errors), fix the errors & bugs, make the new features like shavar & safebrowsing optional to even install, add more customization options, and allow user certificates to be used for https filtering.

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First of all, the latest update to Firefox Focus 9.0, in my opinion, shifts Firefox Focus more towards the standard Firefox & Firefox Beta apps for Android. What I most loved about the old Focus was the tiny app size, low battery consumption, automatic tracking blocking, and extremely fast browsing speeds. Now that it's connecting to Google's Safe Browsing and all of the Firefox web tools like shavar, it's no longer a small app (it used to be under 5MB, then shifted to 30-50Mb - which was fine - but is now taking up over 160MB of space!), it's no longer a fast browser whatsoever (went from the fastest I've tried to the slowest), and it eats up battery life like crazy. I'm seriously disappointed. The only things I didn't like about the previous versions of Focus were the facts that I couldn't change the core settings with about:config & that I couldn't apply user certificates that allowed me to filter https content. Those unfortunate facts remain unchanged. The new Firefox Focus is really now just a crappy version of the standard Firefox app without customization settings. Simply using 1 or 2 browser addons with Firefox or Fennec (F-droid) or just using Brave Browser or pretty much any speedy browser with AdGuard & custom tracking filters now achieves far better results. Additionally, there is a bug in the cookies choices. When I select Block all 3rd party cookies it shows that I've selected Block 3rd party tracker cookies only - and vice versa. Finally, when I hit Back to return to search results I have to click Resubmit. This never happened in earlier versions. In fact I get a TON of browsing errors in 9.0 that I NEVER got before. I am writing to request on behalf of everyone that you strongly reconsider the developmental direction of Firefox Focus. I had been using it as my default browser for the past 18 months, but now I am definitely looking elsewhere. My suggestions: reduce the size by 50% or more, reduce the battery consumption, get back to the browsing speeds from previous versions (what used to be 1s or less now takes 5-10s and sometimes more or results in errors), fix the errors & bugs, make the new features like shavar & safebrowsing optional to even install, add more customization options, and allow user certificates to be used for https filtering. The End.
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