Geeksphone Unveils Dual-Boot Android and Boot2Gecko Smartphone
Revolution, the dual-boot smartphone made by Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone, will enable people to use either Boot2Gecko or Android, depending on their mood and preferences.
There’s no doubt that Geeksphone are doing their best to catch the eye of the entire world. Last year, they launched two smartphones running Firefox OS. While those didn’t particularly excel in technical specs, they were very affordable and they carried a novelty factor. More recently, Geeksphone partnered with Silent Circle to create Blackphone, a PrivatOS-running smartphone that keeps NSA at bay. Their Revolution project isn’t exactly new, but aside from the fact that it would run Android and Firefox OS, not much was known last year. On top of that, Geeksphone also revealed some of the features of this device.
Boot2Gecko by Mozilla is practically the same thing as Firefox OS. However, Geeksphone is not allowed to use the OS under that name, since it is reserved for OEMs that have contracts with carriers. In case people don’t like Boot2Gecko, they can replace it with any other community developed mobile OS. As for the Android side of this smartphone, there is no word on whether Revolution will run KitKat or an older version.
Some of the specs worth mentioning include a 4.7-inch qHD (540×960) IPS display, a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8 MP LED flash rear camera and a 2 MP front camera, 4GB of built-in storage (expandable by up to 32GB via a microSD card), and a 2,000 mAh battery. While none of these specs is mind-blowing, it’s great to see that Intel makes its way to more and more Android devices. In terms of connectivity, Geeksphone Revolution comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Micro-USB and 3G.
Much like Nexus devices, Revolution will get regular updates via a 1-click OTA system. That’s a great relief, since many manufacturers forget about their consumers once their product hits the market. Geeksphone dual-boot smartphone is expected to be launched soon, but the company has yet to disclose its price. Still, anyone interested in this smartphone should subscribe to the company’s newsletter, on the official website. Hopefully, the company will get positive feedback for this device and will thus be encouraged to make better, more powerful dual-boot smartphones. A dual OS phone capable of competing against Samsung or HTC’s flagships would really be something!
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