Mozilla developer Chris Double has published a preliminary implementation of hardware-accelerated media decoding support for Firefox on Android. In a message posted in the Mozilla issue tracker, Double said that the patch (which enables support for hardware decoding of H.264, AAC, and MP3 media content) worked successfully when tested on a Nexus S handset.
Seeking to avoid patent-encumbered technology that might have detrimental consequences for the open Web, Mozilla has historically resisted the pressure to support royalty-bearing codecs and media formats in Firefox. Mozilla changed its position on the matter earlier this year with a pragmatic compromise necessitated by the organization’s mobile ambitions.
Mozilla decided that, where available, Firefox should take advantage of the media decoding capabilities supplied by the underlying hardware and operating system. This approach means that Mozilla won’t have to license patent-encumbered codecs or include built-in decoders in the browser—it can just use the decoding capabilities that are already present in relevant environments.