Geeksphone Revolution gets price drop, software updates

The Spanish company says Android KitKat 4.4 will be available on the Revolution in the "upcoming days," and it's getting ready for the next version of Mozilla's browser-based mobile OS.

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The Revolution is ready for some updates, Geeksphone announced on Monday. The smartphone lets users choose to run either Google's mobile operating system Android or Mozilla's Boot2Gecko -- the open-source browser-based OS that's better known as Firefox OS.

The Spanish company is putting finishing touches on Android 4.4 KitKat and the Android-based CyanogenMod 11. The company said that the software will be available on Revolution devices "in the upcoming days." The Revolution will also be compatible with the upcoming Firefox OS 2.0, which will available soon in beta, Geeksphone said.

In addition to an OS update, the Geeksphone Revolution is also getting a slight price discount. Starting on Thursday, customers will be able to get the Geeksphone for 199 euros ($276), instead of the 222 euros ($307) Geeksphone was selling its smartphone for earlier this year when it launched.

The Geeksphone Revolution is an all-around solid handset, featuring a 4.7-inch display, a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor, and comes with an 8-megapixel camera that can record video at 1080p resolution.

For its part, Geeksphone, which has been in business since 2009, made a name for itself earlier this year by announcing Blackphone, a device aimed at maximizing the owner's privacy and security. That idea came about as the result of claims that governments around the world are spying on consumers.

CNET has contacted Geeksphone for more information on the Revolution announcement. We will update this story when we have more information.

Correction, 8:45 a.m. PT: The headline on this story incorrectly stated the Revolution's operating system features. The smartphone can run Google's Android mobile OS or Mozilla's Firefox OS, but not both at the same time.

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