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Wileyfox Unveils A New, Secure, Spam-Fighting Line Of Androids

Aug 31, 2015 08:42 PM EDT

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Another security-oriented Android is coming to the scene, and it’s geared to fight spam.

British startup Wileyfox is rolling out two models powered by the modder’s favorite ROM, Cyanogen.

Wileyfox expects Cyanogen to lend their phones agility and a streamlined performance. Cyanogen is known for being light, stripped down, and lets the user delete bundled bloatware. A feature that tired, bloatware-allergic users may welcome.

Wileyfox also incorporated very nifty features into its line of smartphones: Truecaller Integrated Dialler blocks spam numbers which are used for telemarketing cold calls, while Privacy Guard controls the information that apps such as Facebook and Spotify collect from your device.

Cyanogen teamed up with Truecaller to integrate Truecaller’s database of spammers. Wileyfox integrated and played up this feature on their smartphones, so users automatically enjoy the freedom from those pesky telemarketers.

Privacy Guard on the other hand helps users control the data that apps such as Facebook or Spotify could gather from the user. Upon installation, most apps request that users give permissions to certain features of their phones, as well as certain data that they promise not to sell to other companies. However, the truth of the matter is, Facebook and the rest use this data to determine the advertising targeted to their users. With Privacy Guard, the user can block these apps from gleaning them. What is more is that Privacy Guard also turns off some of the features of these apps, so that they don’t suck up more battery than needed.

With these goodies integrated into the Wileyfox smartphones, the users would certainly be stoked to have either the Storm or the Swift in their hands.

Specs for the Wileyfox Storm, £199 (Around $305.40 USD):

Processor/Chipset: 1.5GHz Octa-core 64-bit ARMv8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 8939

RAM: 3GB

GPU: Adreno 405

OS: Cyanogen 12.1

Internal Storage: 32GB

Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

Expandable Storage: MicroSD up to 128GB

Display: 5.5" FHD IPS Display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 400ppi pixel density

Cameras: Primary: 20MP with LED flash and Sony IMX220 sensors; Secondary: 8MP with LED flash

Battery: Non-removable 2500mAh battery

Goodies: Dual SIM cards

Specs for the Wileyfox Swift, £129 (Around $197.97 USD):

Processor/Chipset: 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit ARMv8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916

RAM: 2GB

GPU: Adreno 306

OS: Cyanogen 12.1

Internal Storage: 16GB

Connectivity: 4G LTE, 3G, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n

Expandable Storage: MicroSD up to 32GB

Display: 5" HD with a resolution of 1280 x 720 at 294ppi pixel density, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 IPS Display

Cameras: Primary: 13MP with LED flash and Samsung S5K3M2 sensors; Secondary: 5MP

Battery: Removable 2500mAh battery

Goodies: Dual SIM cards

Both Storm and Swift come in cutting-edge designs, mostly in black, with bold, orange details. The back panels also have a textured surface, so the overall feel is stylish and elegant.

Spam and data spying protection, a lean, mean, and bloatware-deterring OS, great hardware, good cameras, all in a bold and stylish package, with affordable price tags. What more can the consumer ask for?

Wileyfox was founded by former Motorola Mobility General Manager for UK & Ireland, Nick Muir. Former Microsoft Marketing Communications Manager Victoria McManus Denman stands as Wileyfox’s Chief Marketing Officer.

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