O2 to Exclusively Launch First Cyanogen OS-based Smartphone in UK

O2 to Exclusively Launch First Cyanogen OS-based Smartphone in UK Image Credit: O2

UK's mobile operator, O2 has partnered with BQ, a Spanish-based smartphone maker to bring the new BQ Aquaris X5 smartphone to the UK market this December. The BQ Aquaris X5 smartphone boasts Cyanogen OS, an Android-based operating system which offers a more customizable interface, higher levels of security and a richer experience, said O2.

According to O2, its customers can choose device bundles over a range of tariff plans including the £19.50 per month plan (plus a £9.99 upfront payment) that comes with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of 4G data. 

O2's parent company, Telefónica has been working with BQ over the past months to be the first to bring to Europe smartphones that are powered by Cyanogen OS. This collaboration makes Telefónica the first operator ever to launch a device with Cyanogen OS in Europe. 

The Aquaris X5 is BQ’s newest smartphone and features a five inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. The Cyanogen OS gives customers enhanced control over how their device looks and runs using built-in applications such as Privacy Guard, which helps users stay in control of what personal data their apps can access, and TrueCaller which helps identify calls and block spam.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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