Cyanogen taste of Android’s openness becomes a little love carrier in Europe, Telefonica in Spain launch its first mobile phone powered by the mobile operating system today, BQ Aquaris X5, its Movistar brand media.
The phone is also due to launch on Telefonica, owned carriers in Germany and the UK this year – in the latter market will land on the O2 next month. During 2016, Movistar says it will be rolled out in other countries, where the brand operates.
Price wise, X5 Aquaris, that is offered for € 209 with the Spanish Movistar SIM-free. Or, as little as € 8,7 per month contract for two years.
Hardware-wise, the phone has a five-inch display, Snapdragon 1.4Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory and a rear camera 13MP – well positioned right in the middle of the range mobile. But it’s the operating system that is a little different: 4G Aquaris X5 running Cyanogen OS 12.1, which is based on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), but includes additional features such as Privacy Guard to control data shared with third parties, and calling caller ID that bakes spam detection call in his native dialer through cyan partnership with TrueCaller.
For its part, cyan was to finance a tear lately, raising about $ 115 million in three rounds of investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Index, Qualcomm and Foxconn, in the hope of scaling in the “increasing importance of the mobile platform,” in his own right, as CEO Kirt McMaster put it back in 2013
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And while the mobile phone manufacturers are offering cyano-powered devices in Europe for example, in the UK, based on WileyFox or a Chinese phone manufacturer OnePlus, cyan receive support carrier platform offers the promise of better coverage – this network of Telefonica’s retail stores where Mobile buyers get a chance to try before you buy.
The carrier support for Firefox OS from Mozilla – the mobile platform OS, which tend to be focused on for the first time smartphone buyers in emerging markets – helped that Android-alternative to travel to 30 countries so far. Cyan focuses wide band mobile customers, and thus, may compete more directly with Android, so it remains to be seen whether the basis of the carrier to give him a lot of lifting against the dominant aroma of Google’s Android.
, but it certainly can not hurt if more people have the opportunity to become more familiar with a fresh taste of Android.