Firefox for Android Now Works On ARMv6 Phones
If you’re still have good old Android phone, Mozilla has an announcement for you: The Mozilla Blog reports that Firefox for Android now supports devices using SoCs based on the ARMv6 architecture. Mozilla mobile used to run only on phones running Android v2.2 and higher along with chips based on ARMv7.
This phones which can get mozilla now are the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT, LG Optimus Q, and others.
“Given that 55-percent of the 133 million Android phones out there run on the ARMv6 architecture, there are a lot of new people to whom we can introduce the open Web,” Mozilla said.
“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 said.
The new version sets a minimum hardware requirement of an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, but Mozilla wants to continue to reduce these requirements. On the software side, Firefox for Android still requires version 2.2 (“Froyo”) or better in order to run.
Google’s own Chrome browser requires version 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) or newer to run, which covers less than 30 percent of the installed base. This makes Firefox the best option for an actively maintained browser on these phones.
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