Mozilla has unveiled today its new Firefox for Android with additional support for millions of smartphones, including the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT and LG Optimus Q.
The previous versions of Firefox of Android already supported Android 2.2 Froyo and higher, but it was exclusive to handsets that run on ARMv7 processors. According to the firm, the updated Firefox for Android mobile app now supports phone models that use ARMv6 processors with at least an 800MHz processor and a minimum of 512MB of available RAM.
“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,” said Mozilla in a blog post.
Firefox for Android 17.0 includes new accessibility features for visually impaired individuals to browse the web on a mobile device. It integrates with Android’s TalkBack screen reader without additional configuration or installations.
Mozilla also included support for advanced accessibility features recently added to Android, including Explore by Touch and Gesture Navigation. Explore by Touch is an Android feature for the visually impaired to browse the Web using speech output, sounds and vibrations.
Firefox for Android 17.0 is available to download for free from the Google Play Store.