The Tor Project released it’s official version of the Tor Browser for Android, the first stable version.
Tor Browser is mostly used by privacy-focused people, activists, journalists, and even cyber criminal gangs to avoid government monitoring. It allows users to browse the Internet anonymously, by hiding their IP addresses and identity, through a network of encrypted servers that bounce their web requests around multiple intermediate links.
Tor Project developers have been working on this browser for eight months now, since September 2018, when they first released an alpha version for public testing.
“We made it a priority to reach the rising number of users who only browse the web with a mobile device,” said Isabela Bagueros, Executive Director of the Tor Project. “These users often face heavy surveillance and censorship online, so it is critical for us to reach them.”
Access to Tor anonymity network was previously available on Android mobile operating system only through other apps or browsers like Orbot/Orfox app, but you can now use the official Tor Browser built on Firefox on your mobile device.
The first version of the Tor Browser for Android has a version number of 8.5 and is in sync with the rest of the Tor Browser releases — for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The Tor Browser v8.5 was also released today for the other platforms.
According to the Tor Project developers, Tor Browser for Android is not as complete as its desktop version, but you can see security features like no proxy bypass, enabled first-party isolation to block cross-site tracking and other anti-fingerprinting defenses.
There is no official Tor Browser version for iOS, but the Tor Project recommends that iOS users install Mike Tigas’ Onion Browser iOS app if they want to use Tor on iOS.