Firefox for Android now works on millions of ARMv6 phones

first_imgIn September, the Firefox beta for Android added support for ARMv6 processors, and now the update has made its way to the stable build. While that might not make much difference to techy types that update their devices on a regular basis, it’s great news for those who tote around more humble smartphones.Mozilla‘s goal is to make sure that everyone who uses Android has access to an up-to-date, feature-rich mobile browser so all can enjoy the ever-evolving web. By bolting on support for ARMv6, millions more Android users can download and install Firefox on their phones. Most of the phones you’ve read about over the past two years on Geek.com don’t run the older ARM architecture, but the HTC Cha Cha and Status, Samsung Galaxy Ace, and LG Optimus Q all do.For now, 512MB of memory is required — which means that many who own low-end or older Android devices will still be left out in the cold. That’s going to change in the near future, however. The Foundation is already working away at Project 256meg, an effort that will cut the minimum RAM requirement in half.Although these optimizations are taking shape in Firefox for Android, there’s little doubt that Firefox OS is also a prime target. Mozilla and its partners will almost certainly be focusing on entry level devices for emerging markets. In those areas, phones are the number one way that people access the Internet. With Firefox OS and its Android cousin tuned for low-cost and older hardware, Mozilla will be able to make good on its promise of bringing today’s Web to everyone.More at Mozillalast_img

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