Firefox for Android already support a handful of extensions
When the extension system changed, the supported extensions on Firefox went from hundreds to about a dozen. It's been embarrassingly bad for too long, so this is welcome news.
Mozilla has teased an upcoming plan to allow plugins developed for its desktop browser to run on its Android app. "In the coming months Mozilla will launch support for an open ecosystem of extensions on Firefox for Android on addons.mozilla.org (AMO)," wrote Scott DeVaney, staff editorial manager for Firefox add-ons at Mozilla …
The last time I checked, last year, Firefox for Android didn't even support viewing the page source (!!). When I contacted them about this, they said 'we are considering it'.
Mozilla enhancing Android Firefox? I'll believe it when I see it.
I am surprised to see Opera ranking so high. Other than not being able to force it to play videos when not in focus, it is a rather powerful mobile browser. I expected Firefox to have a larger share than Opera, though not nearly as large as Chrome considering how it is wedged into Android base loads.
Native messaging is fairly rare in plugins (and the manifest specifically asks for this).
That said... Firefox, Chrome and Android itself is built upon "dodgy extras". Welcome to open-source; you can only audit so much.
I use Firefox on PC and Android and one thing I've always wanted was better bookmark handling on Android. Something really simple and basic like being able to sort the bookmarks into the order that I want them. Will it ever get done? I've requested it so often over the years that one of my email address's and eventually also my IP address was blocked on the Mozilla forums and ideas site.
Maybe, one day, we'll get an add-on that can provide this simple but so useful bit of functionality. I'm not holding my breath though.