I have returned to Firefox after a break almost a year and a half long.
The general experience of the desktop browser has improved a little, IMO, in spite of this, the topic title has never stopped being true and, in some ways, has become more so.
Firefox Facts from 2020
User Monthly Activity drops by a third in less than 18 months
Over the last year or so, Firefox has dropped from 310 million users to a little more than 207, before bouncing back to 220 recently, according to data gathered by Mozilla
Safari overtakes Firefox and takes second place
Bad news, because Apple doesn’t want people to use Macs unless they are a) developers or b) Macbook users without a clue
Edge breathing on Firefox’s neck
Depending on the source, either Edge has already overtaken Firefox or is closing the gap.
Edge no longer is based on Project Spartan / EdgeHTML, and is now a Chromium-based browser.
IOW both this bullet point and the other before it, are more about Firefox losing traction and dropping through the ranks, rather than competitors suddenly surging forward.
Mozilla still suffers from conflict of interest
Despite marketing itself as a privacy oriented browser, lately, Mozilla still depends almost exclusively on the monetary deal that keeps Google as the default search engine in Firefox, to pay the bills, which is bad news in light of Firefox becoming less and less relevant.
Some analysts suggested Google might have given a hand out to keep Mozilla around and delay problems with Competition Law (meanwhile Google is under fire in both the US and EU, but these inquiries are centered on Android).
Mozilla switching to Freemium Model
In order to safe-guard its existence and reduce dependence on Google, Mozilla has been switching to a Freemium model, selling services like the Mozilla VPN.
Mozilla fired 250 people
They blamed this on Covid, but …come on? Cuts were slated to impact browser development, IOW don’t expect the pace of improvement to pick up any time soon.
Revamped Firefox for Android launches, "It’s a disaster"™
I don’t really see a way out of this, other than a radical change in privacy awareness among the public and/or regulators coming down hard on Google.
Don’t even get me started about the so-called privacy browsers and their niche, these are so small a fry they don’t really have the budget to maintain the effort necessary to keep up with browser security, and that’s assuming they all actually care about privacy.