Project 256meg aims to slim down Firefox for lowend Androids

first_imgThere are already tens of millions of Android users with Firefox installed on their phones and tablets, but the Mozilla Foundation wants to push that number even higher. One way it hopes to do that is by making sure that happens is by reducing the price of admission so that everyone can install Firefox on their Android devices.That’s the aim of project 256meg, which as you can probably guess is all about trimming down Firefox’s memory requirements. Right now, Android users need to have 512MB of RAM on their devices in order to install Firefox. That’s already pretty modest by geek standards, considering that pretty much every new Android phone you’ve read about for the past two years has shipped with a minimum of 1GB of memory.In emerging markets, however, that’s not necessarily the case. There are tens of millions of Android phones in use around the globe with 512MB or less — and many of them in countries where Firefox has a strong presence on the desktop. It’s important, then, for Mozilla to get Firefox for Android running well on as little RAM as possible in order to bring it to its hard-working yet cash-strapped fans.While removing the RAM roadblock will help, there’s another requirement that will keep Firefox off some low-end devices. OpenGL ES 2.0 support is also required, and that’s not something that Mozilla can easily sidestep. Then again, even the aging Nexus One and original Galaxy S are compatible so it shouldn’t be much of an issue.In addition to helping bring Firefox to millions more Android users, Project 256meg should also make it possible for Mozilla’s partners to build Firefox OS phones that run on 256MB of RAM — which might be necessary if those folks want to be able to offer up sub-$75 devices.More at Staktracelast_img

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