Geeksphone Revolution launches with Android but can be flashed to Firefox OS
If you are a Firefox browser fan and are sick of the current smartphone status quo you might have read with interest about the development of the open source Firefox OS for smartphones and tablets. Now one of the pioneering FireFox OS device makers, Spain’s Geeksphone, is trying to widen the appeal of its geek friendly devices by allowing users to change their OS to suit.
The latest handset from Geeksphone, the Revolution, comes with Android pre-installed but allows users to switch to the Firefox OS via the system updates menu, reports TechCrunch. This 199 Euro smartphone isn’t quite as flexible as the average punter would like as to switch OSes you have to overwrite the current system/data and basically start from a fresh OS. Dual-booting with shared data would probably be the ideal situation.
Geeksphone describes its ‘passion’ as follows: “The Revolution is not only more powerful than most, 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 flavour of an OS. You choose, and we will keep you updated thanks to our 1-click OTA system.”
What are the other specifications for the flexible Geeksphone Revolution? Please check the table below:
- Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz Dual-core processor
- 4.7-inch IPS qHD screen
- 1GB RAM, 4GB built-in storage + microSD support
- Boot2Gecko Firefox OS 2.0 and Android 4.2.2 KitKat both coming shortly
- 8MP main camera, 1.3MP front facing camera, LED flash
- Wi-Fi b/g/n, up to HSDPA 21Mbps, Bluetooth 3, GPS, light, G and proximity sensors
- 2,000mAh battery
- 13.5 x 9.8 x 68.4 cm, 136 g
That’s a pretty good specification except for the low amount of built-in storage. It would be nice if you could choose to install Windows 8.1 on it too don’t you think? TechCrunch thinks that the Jolla Sailfish OS could be a likely addition to the Geeksphone Revolution install options.