LG has finally unveiled its first Firefox OS-based smartphone, the LG Fireweb. The smartphone has been launched in partnership with Brazilian telecom carrier, Telefonica and is currently only available in Brazil. However, the telecom carrier noted that the device will be launched in Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay soon. The LG Fireweb comes at 449 BRL (Brazilian Real) which roughly translates to Rs. 12,700 (off-contract). As of now, there is no official word on the availability of the LG Fireweb in other markets.
The Firefox OS 1.1-based LG Fireweb comes with 4-inch HVGA (320×480) TFT display, 1GHz Qualcomm processor and includes 4GB of inbuilt storage with microSD card slot. It also packs a 1540mAh battery and includes connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack and 3G. The LG Fireweb sports a 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash.
In addition the LG’s new Firefox smartphone supports HTML5 and comes preloaded with Web browser, calendar, clock and maps apps.
Commenting on the launch, Jay Sullivan, COO of Mozilla, said, “We built Firefox OS as part of Mozilla’s mission to put the power of the Web in people’s hands and offer the best Web experience possible. We’re happy to see Firefox OS gain momentum with partners launching new devices in new markets and developers around the world being inspired to innovate. Our partnership with Telefonica Vivo demonstrates the rich, new experiences offered on Firefox OS by combining the best global and local content with LG’s elegant new device experience.”
Earlier this month, Mozilla announced the first update for smartphones running Firefox OS. The update (version 1.1) added new features, support for new languages and major performance upgrades.