Mozilla Firefox is among the most popular web browsers of all time. Considered in a small class of high quality browser competitors—alongside Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Windows Internet Explorer—Firefox has been attempting to continue their dominance by moving into the mobile field. Although there are is a Firefox available for newer devices with ARMv7 processors, devices with ARMv6 processors still don’t have an official version yet. They do, however, have an independently updated unofficial version.
Mozilla Firefox for ARMv6 Devices
Bringing Firefox for ARMv6 devices are, of course, those quirky guys over XDA-Developers. If you don’t now which ARM version you have, there is a very helpful post here with a comprehensive list of all ARMv5, ARMv6, and ARMv7 devices. The lists are quite long.
The Firefox for ARMv6 devices is, as stated, updated by developers independent of Mozilla. This is due to Mozilla being unnaturally slow with ARMv6 development, focusing instead on ARMv7 development. This is no big surprise as the biggest and baddest Android phones out there right now run ARMv7 and it only makes sense that companies want to cater to those devices. However, those with older devices need not feel left out, there is Firefox for you now too.
There are two options when it comes to choosing builds. There is a version dubbed Aurora, which is a more stable, solid build. The drawback to using the Aurora build is that it focuses on stability rather than having the latest features so users would be sacrificing one for the other. On the other hand is Nightlies builds, which feature the newest features and bug fixes, but may be less stable than Aurora. It all depends on where you want to be. Both browsers have been reported working just fine, though, and for anyone who loves Firefox and can’t get their hands on an ARMv7 device yet, this is the way to go.
For download links and more information on Firefox for ARMv6 devices, hit up the source link.