Telefónica joins BQ and becomes the first operator to launch a device with Cyanogen OS in Europe

Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom will be the first countries to market the new smartphones.
BQ Aquaris X5, Photo: (c) BQ
-Telefónica and BQ are supporting this Android-based operating system that offers a richer experience, a more customisable interface and higher levels of privacy and security
-Movistar will introduce the new Aquaris X 5 with Cyanogen 12.1 into its portfolio
-The two companies began collaborating with the launch of Aquaris M5 and plan to continue working together in the coming months
Telefónica and BQ have worked together over the past months to bring Europe its first terminal with Cyanogen OS, an Android-based operating system that offers a more customisable interface and higher levels of privacy and security. This collaboration makes Telefónica the first operator ever to launch a device with Cyanogen OS in Europe. Both Spanish companies have always sought to contribute to the range of operating systems from which the user can choose, to be as broad as possible, balancing supply and promoting competitiveness. As a result of this commitment, both have opted for Cyanogen OS. In fact, last March, Telefónica Ventures, one of the investment vehicles integrated into Telefónica Open Future, participated in a round of series C investment in Cyanogen.
Cyanogen OS
Cyanogen OS is an Android-based operating system. It is fully compatible with all Google Play applications, it allows further customisation of the interface and provides extra features, not only in terms of privacy and security but also related to the handling of the smartphone. Whether it's audio, camera, phone, email or calendar, Cyanogen OS offers a series of improved experiences. The phone comes with integrated Truecaller and features caller ID, detection and blocking of spam calls; AudioFX offers a of high resolution sound quality with 24-bit uncut audio; and the new Boxer email offers of productivity Premium features, including calendar management. With regards to peace of mind, Privacy Guard offers customers control granular your personal data shared with third parties. Other features include privacy and security PIN Scramble (PIN numbers in random order) and Protected Apps (folders with password).
Photo: (c) BQ
The latest Cyanogen 12.1 version introduces additional features, such as LiveDisplay, which automatically adjusts the display settings according to lighting conditions and the time of the day. It also comes with a new browser offering a lighter, safer and faster experience. The first handsets with Cyanogen OS are launched on the market in Spain starting today, and will arrive to Germany and the United Kingdom in the coming weeks. Throughout 2016, Telefónica will bring these devices to other countries in which it operates. The first will be Aquaris X5, which will be available in the Movistar commercial network in Spain from November 11 for 209 euros (VAT included). Movistar customers can finance it up to 24 months interest-free for a subscription fee costing as little as 8.7 Euro. Aquaris X 5 is a next-generation five-inch smartphone, featuring 4G connectivity, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 412 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory expandable via SD card. It has a 2.900mAh battery, which, thanks to operating system optimisation and low-power components, provides a longer battery life than other smartphones with similar specifications. Also it includes excellent 13MP cameras at the rear and 5MP at the front, both with flash.