Spanish company Geeksphone has finally made available in the market its smartphone called the Revolution. This device is quite unique since it supports two different operating systems, Firefox OS (Boot2Gecko (B2G), and Android. The company is now taking orders for the device which costs €222 or a little bit over $300.
Geeksphone Revolution is not a dual booting device strictly speaking. This is because a consumer can’t just reboot the device to switch to a different operating system. This device ships running with Android 4.2.2 as a default. Switching to the Boot2Gecko environment requires flashing it which has been made easy with the built-in recovery tools. A user simply has to go to Settings – > System updates – > Install another OS.
The tricky part is switching to Android from Firefox. There’s no setting for this available yet in the menu which might be corrected on future update of the device. The company suggests following these procedures to make the switch.
- Download the Android update.zip file: http://gpdroid.s3.amazonaws.com/revolution/revolution-4.2.2-1390837446.zip
- Run Recovery mode (Power + Vol-, and select recovery)
- Mark Update using adb
- As soon as the option is selected, run on your computer the file already downloaded: adb sideload <name of>.zip
- Just wait for the installation to finish, and Android will be restored in your device.
Geeksphone Revolution Technical Specifications
- Processor: Dual core Intel Atom processor Z2560 up to 1.6GHz
- System Memory: 1GB LPDDR2
- Storage: 4GB EMMC + MicroSD support, Up to 32GB
- Display: 4.7″ IPS LCD Multi-touch, qHD resolution.
- Network: HSPA/WCDMA: 2100/1900/900/850 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, HSDPA up to 21Mbps, HSUPA up to 5.76Mbps, GPRS Class 12 / EDGE Class 12
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth Class 3.0, GPS, AGPS
- Camera: 8 MP rear camera with LED Flash, 1.3 MP front camera
- System I/O: 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB
- Sensors: G‐Sensor + E‐Compass + Light/Proximity Sensor
- Battery: 2000 mAh
In terms of specs it is comparable to most mid-range smartphones out in the market today. This model however is the most powerful Firefox device to be released so far.
If you are looking for a device that has the best of both worlds or are just curious as to how the Firefox operating system works but still want to use Android then you might want to consider getting this model.