If you are running an older generation Android phone and have no immediate plans to upgrade, here’s some good news – Mozilla had just announced that it has made Firefox for Android available on phones using ARM’s older v6 architecture. The open source browser has been out for a while but until now was available only on Android 2.2 and up, running on phones equipped with ARMv7 processors. The update will enable Firefox for Android to run on at least 500 million more Android phones, Mozilla estimates.
According to Mozilla, “roughly half of the nearly 500 million Android phones in use today run on ARMv6 architecture.” This include some familiar names such as HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT and LG Optimus Q.
The new Firefox for Android will run on ARMv6 phones with at least 800MHZ processor and minimum 512MB RAM.
Firefox for Android also adds new accessibility features to make browsing the Web on a mobile phone easier for the visually impaired. It also integrates seamlessly with TalkBack, the Android screen reader, with no need for additional configuration or installations.
Firefox also support advanced accessibility features recently introduced to Android, including Explore by Touch and Gesture Navigation. Explore by Touch is an Android feature that makes it easier for the visually impaired to browse the Web using speech output, sounds and vibrations.
You can download the new Firefox for Android from the Google Play Store.