Geeksphone Selling Phone in Europe That Runs Firefox OS and Android

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 09, 2014

There have been a lot of interesting developments surrounding Mozilla's Firefox OS platform and smartphones built on it. Mozilla made clear at the recent Mobile World Congress conference that it wants to seed a market for $25 phones based on the platform, putting smartphones in the hands of many people who haven't owned mobile phones before. And, a while back, I covered Geeksphone's concept for a high-end Firefox OS phone called Revolution that would purportedly run both Mozilla's platform and Android. Now, the Geeksphone Revolution, an Android smartphone on which it is easy to install Firefox OS, has gone on sale in France, Germany and the U.K. Some reports say that it will also go on sale in Italy.

The Revolution has a 1.6-GHz Intel Z2560 Atom dual-core processor, and a 4.7-inch, 960-by-540 pixel screen. There is 1GB of RAM and 4GB of integrated storage, expandable via a microSD card. The phone also has an 8-megapixel camera.

To be clear, it's not a dual-boot phone, where users would be running Android and Firefox OS concurrently. But Geeksphone has implemented the Revolution so that it is easy to install and run Firefox OS instead of Android. The phone is available for approximately $330 USD from Amazon’s stores in France, Germany and the U.K., which means it's somewhat expensive, but there will certainly be demand for it.