The Tor Project, the organization behind the Tor network and the Tor Browser, launched today its first ever mobile browser with the release of the Tor Browser for Android.
The Tor Browser for Android app is available through the official Google Play Store and is currently considered an alpha release, meaning some bugs should be expected.
This first official version of Tor Browser on Android will replace Orfox, another Android browser that featured support for navigating the web via the Tor network and its Onion protocol.
Orfox was, until recently, developed by the Guardian Project, but has been retired today after the Tor Project's official announcement.
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The Tor Project is now calling on its dedicated fanbase to help test the Android version.
For the alpha versions of the Tor Browser for Android, users will also need to install Orbot, a mobile proxy application that will help the Android browser connect to the Tor network. For future releases, the Tor Project says this won't be necessary.
According to a list of features released by the Tor Project today, the Tor Browser for Android comes equipped with:
The Tor Project didn't say if it was planning on developing an iOS version, but in the meantime, continued to recommend that iOS users use Mike Taggs' Onion Browser app.
The release of the Android version of the Tor Browser comes a day after the Tor Project released a major update to its desktop version.
Yesterday, the Tor Project released Tor Browser v8, which updated the Tor Browser's underlying codebase to the Firefox Quantum codebase that Mozilla launched in November 2017 with Firefox 57, and which has received rave reviews for its small memory footprint and speedier page loads.