Mozilla, the team behind the popular Firefox web browser solution has now announced mobile device owners can take part in its Test Pilot program. The Firefox Test Pilot, is just that – a testing environment for new Firefox-related features. However, with the program now being extended to include mobile users, it has effectively and for the first time expanded to include new apps.
From the Android perspective, this means those who sign up to be one of the beta testers can make use of one of the company's newest app offerings Notes by Firefox. In short, this is a note-taking app similar to Google Keep. Although in keeping with the Firefox philosophy, Notes by Firefox places much of its focus on being a security-focused note-taking solution thanks to the included end-to-end encryption support. As part of the Test Pilot launch, the Notes by Firefox app is now available to download from the Google Play Store.
Before downloading, however, there are some things to bear in mind. The first is that as this is a beta release, and part of the Test Pilot program, it is an experimental app and not one specifically considered ready for general use. Secondly, Notes by Firefox does require the user to have a Firefox account already, as does the Test Pilot program in general. Although one of the benefits of setting up an account is the ability to sync across devices where notes made in the app become accessible on a desktop, and vice versa – one of the primary features of the app. Therefore, to take full advantage of what the app has to offer users will also want to be using the Firefox web browser on their desktop, and also have the Notes by Firefox browser extension installed as well.
It's also worth noting that while Notes by Firefox is specific to Android, the mobile side of the Test Pilot is not. As along with Notes by Firefox, Firefox also announced the Firefox Lockbox app. Unlike Notes by Firefox, Firefox Lockbox is a password management app which once again comes with end-to-end encryption support. Firefox Lockbox is currently exclusive to iOS mobile devices.