Mozilla Firefox for Android Adds HTML5 H.264 Video Playback
Mozilla announced that Firefox for Android now supports HTML5 H.264 video playback.Mozilla announced that Firefox for Android has expanded its HTML5 video capabilities to include H.264 video playback. In a Nov. 29 blog post, Chris Peterson, developer on Mozilla's Firefox for Android team, said Web developers have been using Adobe Flash to play H.264 video on Firefox for Android, but Adobe no longer supports Flash for Android. Thus, Mozilla needed a new solution, so Firefox now uses Android’s “Stagefright” library to access hardware video decoders, Peterson said. Firefox currently supports H.264 playback on any device running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and any Samsung device running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), he said. “We have temporarily blocked non-Samsung devices running Ice Cream Sandwich until we can fix or workaround some bugs,” Peterson said. Support for Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices is planned for a later release, he added. To test whether Firefox supports H.264 on your device, try playing this “Big Buck Bunny” video.
For users whose devices are not yet supported, Peterson said:
about:configin Firefox for Android’s address bar, then search for ‘stagefright.’ Toggle the ‘stagefright.force-enabled’ preference to