Telefonica and Mozilla have just announced that LG Fireweb and Alcatel One Touch Fire powered by Firefox OS are now available for purchase in Brazil. Telefonica has also confirmed that more Firefox OS phones will be released soon in Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.
The LG Fireweb has been confirmed to arrive with a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The phone is powered by the latest Firefox OS (1.1).
“We intend to offer a totally new experience to the customer at affordable prices and where the features and the evolution of the system will be defined by the immense Firefox OS developer community and not for any particular company,” said President of Telefónica Vivo, Antonio Carlos Valente, Firefox OS.
According to Mozilla, the smartphone features Facebook integration, and comes pre-loaded with games and apps such as Cut the Rope, Twitter, HERE Maps with offline capabilities, Firefox Web browser and Firefox Marketplace.
Additional apps can be downloaded via Firefox Marketplace, including Badoo, Box, Poppit, KAYAK, SoundCloud, The Weather Channel, TimeOut, TMZ and Tuenti.
With the latest Firefox OS (1.1), users will be offered many performance improvements, as well as new features such as MMS messaging. Those who already own a Firefox OS-based smartphone will be able to upgrade to this version very soon.
“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 Telefónica 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,” concluded Jay Sullivan, COO of Mozilla.