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Geeksphone Revolution Gets A Price Cut, CyanogenMod Option

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.

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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.”

Technical Specifications

  • 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.

via androidcentral

Geeksphone Revolution Officially Launched, Priced At $300

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.

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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: https://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.

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Dual boot Geeksphone Revolution launching next Thursday

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The Geeksphone Revolution made the news in a big way when it was revealed that the smartphone would run both Firefox OS and Android side by side. The smartphone is now revealed to be launching next Thursday on the 20th of February with an estimated pricing of $400 or $370 if you hop in early and register. The smartphone is based on an Intel made chipset and is very interesting even when we take into account the fact that it isn’t too heavy on hardware.

But a revelation from Engadget claims that this smartphone might not be a true multi-boot device. If the shaky translation is anything to go by, this smartphone could feature Android by default and users will have to install Firefox OS/Boot2Gecko on their own. It is believed that the smartphone will not be able to handle multiple operating systems at once and one OS will have to overwrite the other in order to function correctly. So we’re not sure if this can be classified as a dual boot device with so many caveats involved. We expect some clarification from Geeksphone on this issue, as we don’t see the smartphone having any impact on the market if it doesn’t live up to the hype.

Source: Engadget Spanish – Translated

Via: Pocketnow

First Photos of Geeksphone Revolution Leaked

Spanish company Geeksphone that’s one of the pioneers in releasing Firefox OS based phones will soon be releasing a new smartphone with a dual booting capability. The Geeksphone Revolution is an upcoming device of the company announced late last year that allows consumers to use either Android or Mozilla’s open source OS.

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Just recently photos of this device have surfaced online showing what it looks like. The design is quite clean and minimalistic and reminds us of the Moto G or Moto X models. On the front, the screen does not show us its user interface which is useful in providing additional information. On the backside there is a speaker grill, camera, and flash.

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geeksphone revolution back

The company’s website describes this device as “The Revolution is as powerful as not many are, but also a first-of-its-kind. Geeksphone MultiOS technology allows you to choose your operating system. Starting with Google Android operating system, you can seamlessly switch to Boot2Gecko by Mozilla, or any other community-supported flavor of an OS. You choose, and we will keep you updated thanks to our 1-click OTA system.”

The Geeksphone Revolution uses an Intel Atom Z2560 1.6 GHz processor. This is a SoC (System on Chip) solution based on the x86 architecture designed to be used by smartphones and tablets. The device uses a 4.7 inch IPS qHD display with a resolution of 960×540 pixels. There’s an 8MP camera with flash and a battery of 2000mAh. The RAM and built-in storage are still unknown.

Coming up with the Geeksphone Revolution is a smart move by the company as it will be an interesting device to get for people who want to try the Boot2Gecko environment but want to remain with Android. Consumers will have the flexibility to choose which platform they want to run on this device. It will also introduce the Boot2Gecko system to a wider market that previously cannot be tapped by a single booting device.

Geeksphone announced that the first batch of the Revolution will be shipping out into the market late January. No pricing details have been revealed yet but base on its specifications we are hoping that it will be low.

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Geeksphone Revolution Specs Revealed

Last month Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone teased an upcoming device called the Geeksphone Revolution that is reportedly capable of running Android or Firefox OS. Back then little information was revealed regarding it with only the teaser message “The revolution is coming. Stay tuned” announced.

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The company has now provided additional details about this upcoming device and even provided some of its specifications. Geeksphone Revolution is a smartphone able to run on Google’s Android or Mozilla’s Firefox OS and will be using an Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz processor. It will come with a 4.7 inch IPS 960×540-pixel display, 8MP rear camera with flash, expandable storage, and a 2000mAh battery.

No information was provided on how much RAM the device or about other details of the device. The price and specific release date was not discussed either. Geeksphone however announced that this device will be hitting the market in the early part of next year.

The specs might not impress a lot of people however its main selling point is its ability to switch between Firefox OS and Android without voiding the warranty. We’re still not sure how the company is going to implement this process which is very interesting.

Geeksphone might not be a popular brand right now with its claim to fame being its early support of the Firefox OS. The company has already released in the market the Keon and the Peak, both running on Firefox OS and both priced affordably.

Firefox OS is developed by Mozilla and is a browser-based mobile operating system that runs web apps rather than software designed to run natively on the processor. This gives software developers flexibility in creating apps without worrying about the hardware aspect of the device.

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Geeksphone Revolution Smartphone Can Run Android, Firefox OS

There are only a few devices available in the market with the ability to boot between two different operating systems. The advantage of this is that users can get the best of both worlds by just changing the OS of their device. Geeksphone, a Spanish company that brought the first Firefox OS device, has just teased the Geeksphone Revolution smartphone which can run on wither the Android or Firefox OS.

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Little is still known about this device as the company did not reveal much on its website. What is known though is that this will be a high end smartphone. The only announcement made is that “The revolution is coming. Stay tuned” As well as “A creation with a powerful heart.

The Geeksphone Revolution is going to be a premium device using a powerful processor. This model will be powerful than the company’s low-end Keon or mid-range Peak.

Company co-founder Javier Agüera said that “Once again we will revolutionize the world of mobile network. We are also confident that we will surprise everyone by its very high performance and it’s very competitively priced”.

Customers will be able to choose which operating system will be running on their device when they place an order. Agüera further added that “The intention was to launch on Android, but given the experience Geeksphone gained in Open Web [phones] they have decided to give the users the option to choose between either system.” If the device is running on Android then the Firefox OS ROM can be installed later on. Both systems cannot run together at the same time.

Technically speaking the Revolution is not a Firefox OS device as it uses the Boot2Gecko software of Mozilla. The two software are the same but the labels are different. The company explained that “Firefox OS is a brand currently not available for independent manufacturers not associated with carriers. Geeksphone will work with Mozilla once this option is made available.”

In other related news customers who ordered the upcoming Peak+ will get the Revolution free of charge. The company planned the Peak+ to be the successor of its mid-range Peak device however had to cancel it due to unforeseen circumstances.

An explanation made by the company through their blog is as follows.

“The Peak+ project started in May as an evolution of the Peak, which had garnered much success. We wanted to make a new device aimed to be a new evolution of our Peak model, improving it thanks to your feedback, but maintaining continuity in terms of quality and philosophy.”

“Unfortunately, during the month of August 2013, very serious problems arose in the components’ supply chain in Asia that have been impossible to avoid.”

“Although we expected a complex situation, the reality exceeded the worst scenario. This was compounded by the decline and cessation of activity (in domino effect) of numerous suppliers and other independent OEMs.”

via peak