Geeksphone Revolution Gets Software Update and Price Cut

The Spanish smartphone maker announced that it will update Revolution to Android KitKat 4.4 in the upcoming days. People opting for Mozilla’s Firefox OS on the same device will also benefit from the latest version of the software.

On top of that, Geeksphone also said it will cut down the price of the Revolution smartphone, to make it an even more attractive option for whoever is looking for a nicely designed device with decent specs. In terms of operating systems, the Spanish company offers CyanogenMod 11, a heavily-modified version of Google’s operating system, as well as Boot2Geekco, Mozilla’s mobile OS that’s better known as Firefox OS.

Mozilla said that Firefox OS 2.0 will be available in beta quite soon, and Geeksphone, as an old partner of the free software community, promised its customers that they will get this soon after the launch.

May 1 marks the begging of the price cut for the Geeksphone Revolution. From this Thursday, whoever wants to buy the Spanish smartphone will have to shell out 199 euros ($276) instead of 222 euros ($307). While not exactly a major discount, this might be just enough for attracting new customers.

Revolution’s technical specs are by no means mind-blowing, since it only has a 4.7-inch display, a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom CPU and an 8 MP camera that records video at 1080p resolution. This is not exactly a major downside, as both Android 4.4 KitKat and Firefox OS are optimized to run just fine on mid-range devices.

Besides the solid Revolution, Geeksphone has also worked on Blackphone, a smartphone running PrivatOS, a version of Android focusing on security and encryption. Given the waves that NSA made in recent times, the invention of such secure devices is mandatory. Most people believe that not only NSA is listening in, and that many governmental agencies from all over the world practice this sport. In this context, the idea of having a smartphone that encrypts both voice calls and text messages is really great. If only more smartphone manufacturers were as concerned about our privacy as Geeksphone is, the world would be a much better place.

Also, the idea of running multiple operating systems on mobile devices is very good, as it enables people to get a breath of fresh when they’re getting bored of one of their software.

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