Spanish company Geeksphone has announced several new developments for its Geeksphone Revolution smartphone. This unique device which can run on Android and Boot2Geko (open-source version of Firefox OS) was priced at €222 (over $300) but is now dropped to €199 (around $275). An Android 4.4 KitKat update is also going to arrive soon as well as CyanogenMod 11 which will give users several new features and customization options. The Boot2Gecko will also see some improvement as the FXOS 2.0 operating system will soon become available in beta.
Company CEO Rodrigo Silva-Ramos says that “Geeksphone’s philosophy has always consisted in giving maximum possible freedom to users, who ask for it every day. Therefore, we keep on innovating and offering the best solutions as in the case of the Geeksphone ‘Revolution’, a fully revolutionary device with the latest versions of the different mobile operating systems available. Besides, I am glad to announce that we are working with other open operating systems.”
- 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
- Display: 4.7″ IPS LCD
- Processor: Hyper-Threading Intel Atom processor Z2560 with up to 1.6GHz
- Rear camera: 8 MP,LED flash
- Front camera: 1.3MP
- Video: 1080p @ 30fps
- Memory: 4GB EMMC + 1GB LPDDR2, MicroSD support, Up to 32GB
- System I/O: 3.5φ Audio Jack, Micro USB
- Sensors: G‐Sensor + E‐Compass + Light/Proximity Sensor
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth Class 3.0
- GPS: AGPS
- Battery: 2000 mAh
The Geeksphone Revolution is unique since it provides a customer with the choice of using two different operating systems. It isn’t actually a dual-booting device since the chosen operating system must be installed first before it can be used which in effect will overwrite the previously installed OS.
In terms of physical hardware the device is quite solid and has a clean design. The default operating system is Android 4.2.2 which will appear during initial boot up. This is the open source version of Android so no Google Apps are available. This won’t be a problem though as in its settings there is an option to install Google Apps.
If a user wishes to switch to Firefox then all that has to be done is to click on its option from the settings. Installation is quick and easy however several users say that going back to Android takes a longer time.
If you are planning to get the Geeksphone Revolution then now looks like a good time as several updates are on the way and it’s getting a price cut too.