Firefox for Android adds support for more devices

Mozilla has announced that Firefox for Android will now support millions more devices, including the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT and LG Optimus Q.

Till now, Firefox has only supported devices running on Android versions 2.2 and higher and housing ARMv7 processors, but starting today the browser officially supports number of other phones using ARMv6 processors.

The current update also brings integration with TalkBack, the Android screen reader as well as support for advanced accessibility features.

Here is the full change-log:

  • Support for ARMv6 phones with at least 800MHZ processor and minimum 512MB RAM
  • Android 4/4.1: hardware and software decoder support for h.264 video
  • Initial web app support
  • Jellybean support for Explore by Touch
  • Profile size reduction and IO improvements due to SafeBrowsing
  • Fixes: Holding backspace may delete text both in front of and behind the cursor, Android 4.2 instability

“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,” Mozilla noted in the official blog.

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  • krishna kanth

    but galaxy ace is not supported because ram is only 384 mb.

    • kaushik

      Guess those are recommended specs. my mobile (Optimus One) with clock speed of 600Mhz which is supported or at least showing in Play Store even without any kind of overclock. so ace should be supported too. All one need is an ARM v6/v7 based processor (i.e. 99% android mobiles).
      but whats really odd is the size. firefox weight in at 20MB against 1.54Mb for Android Browser or 0.9MB for Opera Mini.

      • Nsr

        So what, google chrome for android weighs 50-60 mb roughly