Firefox for Android revamped, coming to 250 million older devices

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 22 Nov 2012
Firefox for Android revamped, coming to 250 million older devices

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Mozilla has launched a new version of Firefox that makes the browser compatible with more than 250 million Android devices.

The browser for Android received an update on Monday that added the following features to it:

- Support for Android ARMv6 phones with at least an 800MHz processor and a minimum of 512MB of available RAM

- Android (ICS/Jellybean) support for hardware and software decoding of H.264/AAC/MP3 audio and video

- Jelly Bean support for Explore by Touch


- Android 4.2 instability

- Text deletion issues

Mozilla in a blog post said, “To date, Firefox for Android has supported phones running Android versions 2.2 and higher, but only on phones equipped with ARMv7 processors. Now, Firefox for Android supports a number of phones using ARMv6 processors.

At Mozilla, our mission is to bring the Web to as many people as we can. Given that roughly half of the nearly 500 million Android phones in use today run on ARMv6 architecture, this is an important step toward making the open Web free to all.

Firefox for Android also adds new accessibility features to make browsing the Web on a mobile phone easier for the visually impaired. Firefox for Android integrates seamlessly with TalkBack, the Android screen reader, with no need for additional configuration or installations.”

Despite running on ARMv6, the devices will need a minimum 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and Android 2.2 Froyo OS. Some devices mentioned on Mozilla’s blog that will now support the browser are the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT and the LG Optimus Q.

Those interested can download the browser from the Google Play store for free here.

Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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