Firefox for Android Now Has HTML5 H.264 Video Playback
Follow Us:
Follow us on Twitter
Subscribe to our RSS
Firefox for Android Now Has HTML5 H.264 Video Playback
by Guest Editor - Nov. 30, 2012Comments (0)
Related Blog PostsOn the Heels of Firefox 17, a Beta of Version 18 ArrivesFirefox 17 Wraps in Facebook Features And Better Extension HandlingMozilla Makes Prototype of Firefox OS AvailableFree Tools for Online Video MasteryMozilla's Finances Are Sturdy As it Eyes the Mobile Future
Firefox for Android has expanded its HTML5 video capabilities to include H.264 video playback.A post on the Mozilla Hacks blog explains: "Web developers have been using Adobe Flash to play H.264 video on Firefox for Android, but Adobe no longer supports Flash for Android. Mozilla needed a new solution, so Firefox now uses Android’s 'Stagefright' library to access hardware video decoders." There are also instructions online for enabling H.264 playback on your device if it doesn't currently support it.As far as supported devices go, the Mozilla Hacks post notes this: "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). We have temporarily blocked non-Samsung devices running Ice Cream Sandwich until we can fix or workaround some bugs. Support for Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices is planned for a later release." To test whether your device supports H.264, you can try playing the Big Buck Bunny video (seen above) found here. As a video standard, H.264 has presented lots of challenges because of the patents and royalties surrounding it, which Mozilla has been very vocal about. But H.264 is a widespread standard, and while Mozilla waves the flag of openness, many users have clamored for H.264 support.So what do you do if your device doesn't support the playback? Mozilla Hacks has this workaround posted:"If your device is not supported yet, you can manually enable H.264 for testing. Enter about:config in Firefox for Android’s address bar, then search for “stagefright”. Toggle the “stagefright.force-enabled” preference to true. H.264 should work on most Ice Cream Sandwich devices, but Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices will probably crash.""If Firefox does not recognize your hardware decoder, it will use a safer (but slower) software decoder. Daring users can manually enable hardware decoding. Enter about:config as described above and search for “stagefright”. To force hardware video decoding, change the “media.stagefright.omxcodec.flags” preference to 16. The default value is 0, which will try the hardware decoder and fall back to the software decoder if there are problems." So there you have it--the end of a debate over how Firefox for Android would handle H.264. Even if your device doesn't initially support it, you should be able to enable it.
video mozilla h.264 Firefox for Android
Previous: Fedora 18 on Its Way...Next: OStatic's Updated Gu... Browse Blog
Stacey Schneider uses OStatic to support Open Source, ask and answer questions and stay informed. What about you?
Share Your Comments
If you are a member, Sign in to have your comment attributed to you. If you are not yet a member, Join OStatic and help the Open Source community by sharing your thoughts, answering user questions and providing reviews and alternatives for projects.
Your Name
Email Address (kept hidden)
Your Comment *
Promote Open Source Knowledge by sharing your thoughts, listing Alternatives and Answering Questions!
Explore Software in this Blog Post
Mozilla has 0 reviews16 users
Your cloud solution managed 24/7
Expert cloud management & monitoring services starting at $9/mo.
Explore the plans
Featured MembersViewJesse BabsonI used to work for a large chip company here and a...
ViewStacey SchneiderFreelance internet marketer helping companies buil...
Related Questions
Get answers and share your expertise.
Have a question? Ask the community
How Can I Enable Firefox to Open Flash Videos?
By El Molito - Apr 09, 2012
2 answers
How to combine multiple FLV files into one AVI file?
By jack bruce - Dec 19, 2011
post answer
How to Play BluRay in the Cloud?
By Lisa - Nov 16, 2011
5 answers
Partner Center
Happening Now on OStatic
anonymous commented on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to be Codenamed Brilliant Broccoli
Adam Williamson commented on Red Hat Delivers OpenShift Enterprise PaaS Offering
John Stiller commented on Red Hat Delivers OpenShift Enterprise PaaS Offering
About OStatic
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
Send Feedback
Powered by Vox Holdings
© 2011 OStatic. Design by smallTransport. Built on fine Open Source Software from projects like
MySQL and
Sign in to OStatic
Username: *
Password: *
Not a member? Join NowI forgot my password