Geeksphone details its dual-OS wielding handset, the Revolution
Spanish smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone has published the first product images of its dual-OS capable smartphone, the Revolution. It's a fairly nice looking slab of glass and plastic. Also, there are more details on how the novelty Android/Firefox OS-running smartphone is going to switch between its two operating systems. The device will feature Geeksphone's proprietary MultiOS technology which the company describes as a "1-click OTA system". The Revolution runs Android by default, but the user can "seamlessly" switch to Firefox OS or an alternative via a "user-friendly graphical interface". Apparently, the phone is not restricted to running only Mozilla's mobile platform alongside Google's.
If anyone's wondering why Geeksphone is using the "Boot2Gekko" brand instead of Firefox, while the browser's iconic logo is nowhere to be found on the webpage or handset itself, here's why. The name Firefox OS, and the Firefox logo are trademarked by Mozilla and cannot be licensed for use by independent manufacturers. When a license procedure becomes available, Geeksphone will obtain the right to use them. Meanwhile, the core functionality is the same as that of Firefox OS. It all boils down to a brand issue.
The Geeksphone Revolution's full spec sheet is also revealed. It looks as follows:
|Display Technology||IPS LCD|
|Touch Screen Technology||Multi-touch|
|Processor||Dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor Z2560 with up to 1.6GHz|
|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|
|Sensor size main camera||8 Mpx|
|Type of camera flash||Flash LED|
|Sensor size front camera||2 Mpx|
|Video||1080p @ 30fps|
|Energy||Battery: 2000 mAh.|
|Data 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
There is still no pricing or release date for the Geeksphone Revolution.
1. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Doesn't Geeksphone know how poor app supprt x86 has in Android ?? Why go with Intel?? Is Qualcomm dead or what??
2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
No. Qualcomm is definitely not dead lol.
4. terabyteRouser (Posts: 452; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
App Support? Unless, the app is using native binaries heavily, then the app support question should not be an issue. Android apps use dex files to sort of run in its own Dalvik VM. Not dissimilar to Java apps.
6. Birds (Posts: 1023; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I ain't gonna lie. How you talk about Sh!t I don't understand is sexy.
3. ryan5609 (Posts: 99; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Haven't heard much about Firefox OS lately. I know it is linux, but why not use Ubuntu. I know you can switch to basically whatever you want, but I would want Ubuntu by default. The specs look nice on paper, but will there be any issues with app compatibility. I guess ill hold my judgement till it is released.
5. corporateJP (Posts: 1772; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Cool in concept and execution, but kind of pointless.
On a side note, these guys can expect a cease-and-desist letter for trademark infringement from LG and/or Verizon.
7. a_tumiwa (Posts: 295; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
what the alternative OS u would choose for this phone?
B. Ubuntuh Touch