The purpose of having “lite” versions of applications is for mobile users to be able to install lite versions of the applications on their device that may be low on memory or storage space. Mozilla released Firefox Lite in 2018 for this very purpose, but as they kept adding features it got too bloated and problems started to crop up. They have now announced that they are ending development and support for the browser, as the new Firefox app makes the Lite version redundant.
Firefox Lite actually started in 2017 under the name Firefox Rocket and was specifically designed for the Indonesian market. But a year later, they changed it to Firefox Lite to be self-explanatory, as it was supposed to be a browser that was supposed to run fast but with minimal data usage. However, years later, it has become a rather bloated app with new features that users weren’t clamoring for. Worse still, it started adding ads in notifications and on the New Tab page.
Mozilla has said that as of June 30, 2021, they will no longer develop or support the browser. Users will still be able to use it as their browser if they wish for any reason, but you will not receive any further updates. And if you removed it earlier and wanted to reinstall it, you can’t do it using Google Play Store. There are some APKs out there, so if you really wanted to, you could still install them.
The official reason for this move is that the new Firefox app is already fast enough anyway, so Firefox Lite is basically redundant. Of course, they won’t admit that the real reason is that the Lite isn’t that light anymore and that it’s not serving its original purpose anyway. Still, it reached 5 million downloads over the years, so most likely it served users looking for a lightweight browser, until it wasn’t.
If you were a Firefox Lite user, maybe now is the time to switch to the full browser. You can download it from Google Play Store for free or via APK Mirror.