Mozilla Announces Firefox for Android Availability on Millions of Lower End Handsets

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  • 20 Nov 2012
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  • Firefox for Android is even more accessible now, receiving support for millions more devices, including lower end models. These include the likes of HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT, LG Optimus Q and more. Firefox for Android had previously been supported on devices with Android 2.2 and higher, but only those with ARMv7 processors.

    Now Firefox for Android also runs on ARMv6 processor devices. About half of the almost 500 million Android phones out there are based on ARMv6 architecture, this new support is crucial for making Firefox more widespread. The web browser also brings accessibility features that make the web browsing a more user-friendly task for visually impaired users. The app integrated seamlessly with TalkBack, the famous Android screen reader, without requiring extra configuration or installations.

    In order to run on ARMv6 devices, Firefox for Android requites at least an 800 MHz processor and minimum 512 MB RAM. The latest update also brought a hardware and software decoder support for h.264 video on Android 4/4.1. Initial web app support, Jelly Bean support for Explore by Touch and JavaScript Maps and sets made iterable are all features of the latest update. You can get the new Firefox for Android from here.

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