LG Launches Fireweb, Its First Firefox Phone

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LG is known for turning out some pretty nice Android devices, but in an effort to try something new, the South Korean handset maker just introduced its first Firefox OS-based phone called Fireweb. It's the second Firefox OS device to hit the market, the only other one being the ZTE Open, which was launched back in August.

Though LG wasn't the first to market with a Firefox phone, the Fireweb is the first one that boasts an LED flash for its 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus. Other features include a 4-inch display with a 480x320 resolution, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 4GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), Bluetooth, Wi-iFi, GPS, 3G connectivity, and 1540mAh battery.

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The handset measures 113.8mm by 66.5mm by 9mm and weighs 122g. On the software side, it's shipping with the latest version of Mozilla's mobile OS, Firefox OS 1.1. All things considered, it's not a bad device for an unlocked, entry-level handset.


Vivo Brazil is making the phone immediately available for 449 Brazilian reals, or about $205 in U.S. currency, for pay-as-you-go customers. Regular subscribers can purchase the handset for 129 Brazilian reals, or about $59.
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"All things considered, it's not a bad device for an unlocked, entry-level handset. ... Vivo Brazil is making the phone immediately available for 449 Brazilian reals, or about $205 in U.S. currency, for pay-as-you-go customers."

does "pay-as-you-go" imply off contract? If thats the case that is.... interesting, as the Nexus 4 is now just $199. Granted it is out of stock and I believe it's been out of stock for a while. I don't know if theres not going to be an American version of the fire web or American price or if the conversion rates complicates things but... isn't that little steep then?

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Jaybk26 replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 2:56 PM

I'm curious to see where this goes. They're facing some fairly stiff competition and (not being a fan of Firefox) I don't imagine this really taking off.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 7:42 PM

Hey you guys think you'll get your hands on one? While I Love android I like to see other minor OSes and see what they can offer.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 11:00 PM

unfortunately the nexus 4 is dead so not really a comparison anymore. I mean compared to other android budget phones its not too bad but its also a completely different operating system who's app ecosystem is pretty small. Which is why it probably wont ever make it to the states.

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digitaldd replied on Thu, Oct 24 2013 2:31 PM

its a 3 year old phone with a 4-inch display with a 480x320 resolution. Hmm at that resolution and size the icons might be big enough for some older folks.. it could be Grandpa's first Smart Phone.

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Pretty cool. But I do wonder if it will land here in the states.

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