Mozilla has just rolled out a new version of Firefox for Android in order to add support for ARMv6-based devices with 800MHz processors and at least 512MB of RAM. The updated software should now work on over half a million new phones and tablets from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, and white box device makers hailing from China and other parts of the world. The new software also adds hardware and software decoder support for h.264 video on Android 4.0 and 4.1. And as a bonus--for Jelly Bean users--it now offers Explore by Touch, a feature that lets the visually impaired browse the Web through speech, sounds, and vibrations.
What Else You Need To Know
- Firefox for Android is now on version 17.0 and can be downloaded directly from Google Play.
- The new version of Firefox for Android brings a Stability fix for Android 4.2.
That’s all the more reason for companies to start upgrading their hardware to modern versions of Android instead of letting their devices sit on whatever it was shipped with. Most won’t care to upgrade the many Gingerbread phones still in circulation, unfortunately.- Quentyn Kennemer, Phandroid
- Fone Arena
- Firefox for Android v17.0 update brings support for devices with ARMv6 processors
Firefox 17 for Android Hits Gold, Supports ARMv6 Handsets Too
Owners of Android-based smartphones can now download and install a new stable flavor of the Firefox for Android mobile browser.
Firefox For Android Now Available For ARM v6 Based Android Devices
The latest release of Firefox for Android also adds support for hardware and software decoder for h.264 videos on Android 4/4.1.
- Phones Review
- Firefox for Android update now supports ARMv6 phones
- Phone Arena
- Mozilla updates Firefox to support ARMv6 processors - about half of all Android handsets
- The Inquirer
Mozilla announces Firefox for Android ARMv6 support
Increases potential user base.
- Phone Scoop
Firefox Browser Now Works on Older Android Phones
Mozilla recently announced a new version of its Firefox browser for the Android platform that is compatible with a much wider range of smartphones.
- Firefox for Android comes to weaker devices in latest update
- Firefox for Android now works on millions of ARMv6 phones
- Beta News
- Firefox 17 releases, features click-to-play blocklisting
- Firefox now available for millions more Android handsets
- Mozilla releases Firefox 17, drops OS X 10.5 support
- Beta News
- Firefox for Android update supports older devices