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October 23, 2013

LG introduces its first Firefox OS phone, the Fireweb

LG is launching its first phone designed to run Mozilla’s Firefox OS. It’s called the LG Fireweb, and it’ll be available soon in Brazil from wireless carrier Telefonica.

Like most other Firefox handsets, the Fireweb features entry-level specs, but it has a few features that help set it apart from the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire, including a 5MP camera with auto-focus and an LED flash. Those features aren’t exactly hard to find on Android, iOS, or Windows Phone devices, but they do help the Fireweb stand out a bit.

The phone has a 4 inch, 480 x 320 pixel display, a 1 GHz processor, and just 2GB of storage. It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and comes preloaded with a few apps including Facebook and Cut the Rope which don’t come standard with other Firefox OS devices (although there’s nothing stopping you from installing them manually.

Firefox OS is a mobile operating system designed to run web apps written in HTML5, JavaScript, and other web technologies. It ships with basic apps including a web browser, map application, calendar, and clock. The phones feature the Firefox Marketplace app store where you can find other web apps — many of which you could also run in the Firefox web browser on any device.