While the feature first arrived in nightly builds way back in July, support for devices with ARMv6 processors is now live in the latest release of Firefox for Android.
If you’re reading Android Authority regularly, chances are good that you may have a more recent device, but there are plenty of people whose main devices use older ARMv6 processors. Even many phones bought within the last year could still be running these older processors, especially if they originally ran Gingerbread or Froyo when they were purchased. This processor support adds millions of new potential customers for Firefox, which can only help it compete against the likes of Chrome.
ARMv6 support isn’t the only new feature in Firefox for Android 17. The new release adds software decoding of H.264/AAC/MP3 audio and video on Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean devices, support for Explore by Touch in Jelly Bean, and what is listed as “initial web app support.”
In addition to new features, a number of bugs have been fixed and the app should be more stable on Android 4.2 devices. A number of issues do remain, such as the possibility of changing the device’s orientation resulting in “unexpected behavior.”
Firefox for Android is a free download in the Google Play Store for devices running Android 2.2 and up. This, combined with the new processor support means that it is far more likely than not that the app will run on your device. For the download and the full list of changes in the most recent release, hit up the source links at the bottom of the article.
Do you have an older device with an ARMv6 processor? Have you had a chance to see how the newest release of Firefox for Android works? What do you think?
I love the addition of “for Android” in the Play Store submission. So, you know, you don’t accidentally get the iPod version.