Mozilla has just rolled out an important update to the Firefox browser on Android. While most users might not see a big change in the use of the app, this new update does bring good news for relatively older smartphones. The browser which only worked on ARMv7 based processors in the past, now supports processors based on the ARM v6 architecture as well. What this means is that older devices like the HTC ChaCha, LG Optimus Q, Samsung Galaxy Ace, HTC Status, Motorola Fire XT and plenty of other devices will finally be able to reap benefits of the popular third party browser. The Mozilla Firefox browser on Android works on devices running on Android 2.2 and above.
The new update also brings a bundle of new features for the visually impaired. Firefox for Android now integrates with TalkBack without prior setup or configuration, which is an excellent addition and another feather in Mozilla’s cap. Firefox also supports Explore by Touch and Gesture Navigation, which is a great tool for the visually impaired to browse the web with the help of voice output, vibrations, sounds etc. Firefox isn’t as widely used as Dolphin or even Chrome, but with newer performance updates, they have substantially bettered the usability. The update comes as a great addition to low end devices, which are almost on the verge of extinction with the emergence of newer and better versions of Android. But it will still take a good 1 year for users to come under the same version of Android as rest of the pack, so it was high time Mozilla had something for the low end devices too.
Newer versions of Android come with better native browsers, so there’s little room or interest for third party browsers. So it makes a whole lot sense for third party developers to improve their browsers so as to make it more appealing to low end device owners, which probably run on a relatively older version of Android. So now, users can be worry free and download the app irrespective of what device they own, as long as its running on a compatible version of Android. Mozilla claims that almost 250 million Android devices today run on processors based on the ARMv6 architecture, so it’s natural to wonder why it took this long to make the app compatible.