If you’re an owner of the Wileyfox Swift 2, Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus or Wileyfox Swift 2 X then your handset should have just got a bit better, as Android 8.1 Oreo is now rolling out to the range.This is the second major Android update that the Swift 2 range has had, and it brings new features such as picture-in-picture mode, notification dots and battery life optimisations, so your phone should also last a little longer between charges.Along with the new Android goodies, this software update will bring the Wileyfox Care app to your phone, which offers 24/7 live support chat functionality.Apparently it also offers ‘self-healing’ features, to help your device feel brand new every day.It’s not clear exactly what that means, but it sounds like it might be some kind of system cleaner designed to keep your phone running smoothly.Here now or coming soon
Within a few months, it seemed everyone had.OnePlus handed them out online like Willy Wonka golden tickets.And it started at $299/£229 (around AU$390), with a bargain $50/£40 (roughly AU$65) upgrade option for the 64GB storage model.Re-treading the previous year’s tactic, it was teased to death online before launch.Core specs-wise, OnePlus followed the trend for high-end phones of the time, upgrading to a Snapdragon 810 chipset.The invite system that made the phones seem even more desirable?
If you're in the market for a cheap smartphone then you're in luck, as we've got the best low-cost handsets lined up for you right here.In the past, the term 'best cheap phones' was usually a warning rather than a tempting proposition, with shoddy build quality, sluggish performance, laughable screen resolution and woeful cameras typically featuring on such handsets.The best cheap phone you can buyWeight: 145g | Dimensions: 144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 430 | RAM: 2/3GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 2800mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MPPart-metal body at a low priceMotorola's Moto G5 is still the best cheap phone in the world, although with the recent launch of the Moto G6 and Moto E5 series its position is under threat.
British smartphone maker Wileyfox has reinforced its return to the mobile market with the relaunch of its Windows Phone handset.Looking to target business users, the Wileyfox Pro comes with full Windows 10 Mobile support, meaning all the usual Microsoft Office tools and services, as well as Cortana, are all present and correct.The launch is Wileyfox's first since its return to the low-cost smartphone market since being taken over by Chinese firm STK Mobile after going into administration back in February.Originally launched late last year, the Wileyfox Pro is on sale now for £199.99 (around $280).It comes sporting a 5in 720x1280 IPS HD display, powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 210 chipset clocked at 1.1GHz, 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage.There's also an 8MP rear camera alongside a 2MP front-facing lens, all kept going by a removable 2100mAh battery.
Cheap phone brand Wileyfox has officially relaunched with its new website going live today offering a trio of low-cost smartphone deals.Last month TechRadar exclusively revealed that troubled mobile brand Wileyfox would return this year with new phones and a renewed customer support service thanks to STK Mobile taking over control.Now TechRadar can exclusively reveal that the first step towards the new Wileyfox experience has gone live with a new website today.Free action camera and Echo DotTo celebrate its return, there are three deals running on the new Wileyfox website, with the first giving you a free Amazon Echo Dot when you buy the Wileyfox Swift 2 X for £199.99.Considering the Swift 2 X originally launched in 2017 for £219.99, and the Echo Dot is £49.99 from Amazon, it's a great looking deal.
Uppdatering: Den engelska telefontillverkaren Wileyfox har gått i konkurs.Då två mobiltelefoner från företaget finns i den här listan – Swift 2 Plus och Swift 2 – har vi sett till att uppdatera artikeln med varningar eftersom vi för närvarande inte vet vad det betyder för er som har Wileyfox-telefoner.Om du är på jakt efter en billig smarttelefon kan du skatta dig lycklig – vi har de bästa mobilfynden uppradade för dig här.Dålig byggkvalitet, långsam prestanda, skrattretande bildupplösning och bedrövliga kameror var vanligt förekommande på sådana telefoner.Medan Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone X, LG G6 and HTC U11 stjäl rubriker världen över, är det många intressanta (och billiga) saker som händer i budgettelefonernas värld.Den bästa billiga telefonen att köpa om du vill ha bra batteri
After the British firm (Wileyfox Europe Limited) entered administration at the start of February, things looked bleak for the low-cost smartphone manufacturer - but it lives once again.As of today, March 19, another British firm (STK) has agreed a licensing deal with the Wileyfox Group to sell the firm's handsets in the UK, Europe and South Africa.STK isn't just selling the handsets though, it'll also be offering after sales care and services, including customer support.Android 8.1 update and new handsetsThere's more good news for current Wileyfox owners too, as STK will honour warranties that are still in date - ensuring you have the support you need if your phone were to develop a fault.STK will sell the Wileyfox Swift 2, Swift 2 Plus and Swift 2 X, and it's currently planning a roadmap to launch new Wileyfox handsets in the second half of 2018.
WileyFox entered arbitration earlier this year, which seemed like it would be the end of the upstart company.However, another British phone maker signed a licensing deal with WileyFox, ensuring updates to existing devices and new phones coming soon.While the latest phones from WileyFox are out of stock on its site, STK promises that will be updated within the next two weeks.In early February 2018, we sadly reported that WileyFox, the U.K. upstart company that promised low-priced smartphones with high-end specs, had entered administration, which is the U.K. equivalent of bankruptcy here in the United States.For a company that’s had more than its fair share of issues since it burst onto the scene in 2015, the news seemed like its death knell.The Most Daring Dresses At The 2018 Oscar Awards
Wileyfox, the U.K.-based smartphone manufacturer specializing in budget phones, has gone into bankruptcy proceedings (or “administration” as it’s termed in the U.K.) with the administrative receiver Quantuma.The news came via a post on the /r/Wileyfox subreddit, with Wileyfox-Jack breaking the news that his job had been lost as a result of restructuring, and lamenting that he would no longer be able to offer official support to the community.“Wileyfox Europe Limited is in Administration.Andrew Andronikou and Andrew Hosking are appointed joint administrators and act jointly and severally without personal liability,” Jack said.With some emotion evident, he also added “Today is a sad day not just because I lost my job but because I believed in the Wileyfox brand :(“.It’s clear from Jack’s post that the thirty-strong Wileyfox team (as they were) had a strong bond.
"The purpose of the administration is to restructure the Wileyfox Group, reduce its cost base in Europe and to ensure its long term future across all the markets it operates in," Coombes said in an email.Andronikou and Hosking, who work for business advisory firm Quantuma, confirmed in an email that Coombes had called them in.Andronikou said Wileyfox hit major funding issues when its Russian backer was restricted from lending money abroad by the Central Bank of Russia.Six core staff remain at the company to help the administrators assess whether the business can remain viable, while 20 others have been made redundant."We are looking at prospective interested parties to buy the goodwill and IPR associated with the business to take forward the operations in Europe," Andronikou said.With new funding options and potential buyers being explored, this isn't necessarily the end for the startup, which launched in 2015 with the aim of making highly affordable 4G phones.
Yet we’re still seeing some fallout among the companies that had pinned their hopes on the original plans of that shooting star.Wileyfox, a smartphone maker that was one of the earliest companies to build a handset based on Cyanogen before it then pivoted to Android in the wake of the shut down, has filed for administration after it ran out of money, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed.Here is the statement that the company has supplied to us:On the 5th February 2018 Smartphone manufacturer, Wileyfox (‘Wileyfox Group’) placed one of its European subsidiaries, Wileyfox Europe Limited (‘WFE’) into administration and appointed Andrew Andronikou and Andrew Hosking of Quantuma LLP as joint administrators.The purpose of the administration is to restructure the Wileyfox Group, reduce its cost base in Europe and to ensure its long term future across all the markets it operates in.Regretfully, as a result of this, certain redundancies have been inevitable in WFE and the Wileyfox Group is working with those affected to ensure they have the support needed to find alternative employment.
Budget smartphone manufacturer Wileyfox has entered administration demonstrating the risk of trying to undercut established brands; small profits = small chance of doing anything.Although Wileyfox has not provided an official comment yet, a Reddit post states the business has entered administration.The company entered into the world in 2015, claiming because it didn’t have legacy devices to support as well as a smaller workforce, the team would be able to offer high-end devices at budget prices.Unfortunately this attempt to shake the status quo has seemingly amounted to nothing.“Wileyfox Europe Limited is in Administration,” the post reads.“Andrew Andronikou and Andrew Hosking are appointed joint administrators and act jointly and severely without personal liability.”
Smartphone maker Wileyfox has entered administration, the British equivalent of American bankruptcy.Where the company will go from here remains unclear, as not much information is available.According to a Reddit-verified Wileyfox employee, the British upstart smartphone manufacturer has entered administration, the British equivalent of American bankruptcy.Like with bankruptcy proceedings, administration involves government officials stepping in to help insolvent companies deal with paying off their debts by liquidating assets.It is not yet clear what this means for Wileyfox as a company, nor what it will mean for owners of its devices, like the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus.It is not unheard of for a company to enter into bankruptcy and stay afloat, but judging from Wileyfox’s size and its sales troubles, this does not seem like it will end well.
Wileyfox was a UK smartphone challenger, but it’s now entered administration after struggling to crack the Android marketBritish smartphone manufacturer Wileyfox has entered administration, becoming the latest casualty of intense competition in the Android market.The company debuted in 2015 with two sub-£200 handsets powered by the Android-based Cyanogen mobile operating system called the Swift and Storm.These were followed by a third handset called the Spark in 2016 and the Wileyfox Swift 2 in 2017.Central to Wileyfox’s appeal was quality for an affordable price, but the Android space is dominated by household names like Samsung and Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei, making it difficult to carve out any meaningful share.“Wileyfox Europe Limited is in Administration,” confirmed a community spokesperson on Reddit.
Wileyfox, the UK firm that looked to take on the heavyweights of the Android phone market, has entered administration.The company was formed by August 2015 as a British-made alternative to identikit Android devices, with its initial Swift and Storm smartphones (which admittedly ran on the Cyanogen operating system) offering decent hardware at a relatively low price.However since switching to its own build of Android for following releases, the company had struggled to attract a strong customer base.The news was revealed by the company's verified Reddit community, where user Wileyfox-Jack revealed that the firm had filed for administration, but could not provide many other details."Wileyfox Europe Limited is in Administration," he said, "Andrew Andronikou and Andrew Hosking are appointed joint administrators and act jointly and severely without personal liability.""I will try to answer what questions I can that you ask but I don't have many nor can I provide many answers."
Funding from Russia dries up, staff chopped, buyer soughtUK budget smartphone maker Wileyfox has called in the administrative receiver Quantuma, The Register can confirm.The administrator was appointed late on Monday and spent yesterday at Wileyfox's premises.Quantuma told us it had reduced Wileyfox's costs to the "bare minimum", which involved laying off 20 staff, and was exploring options that included a potential trade sale.Wileyfox employed around 30 staff in the UK as well as some European sales reps, the administrator said."We have got a chain reaction from the bank, the fund has been frozen so facilities of the holding company impacted the continuation of trading... in terms of distributing monies outside of Russia, that tap was proverbially turned off."
British smartphone maker Wileyfox is dead.A company employee took to their verified Reddit account to make the announcement on February 6, stating that the firm had gone into administration.Writing on Reddit, user Wileyfox-Jack said "Wileyfox Europe Limited is in Administration.Andrew Andronikou and Andrew Hosking are appointed joint administrators and act jointly and severely without personal liability."Wileyfox launched in August 2015, and TechRadar was there to witness the introduction of the exciting new brand, offering well-built, 4G enabled smartphones at affordable price points.Over the years it had a mix of success and failure with its smartphone range, but ultimately it appears its low cost, low margins approach wasn't enough to keep it afloat.
Two smartphone startups went under this week with public notifications released almost simultaneously.The other company that’s gone under is Wileyfox, a company with a slightly more complicated – and interesting – bit of history.It wasn’t long after the launch of these devices that Cyanogen became their own company and LineageOS replaced their OS (in December of 2016) as the open source base alternative.Wileyfox updated their devices to LineageOS soon thereafter.That contained a promotional newsfeed in the same vein as Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phone lineup.Ironically today, the same day this article is set to be released, Amazon did away with the lockscreen ads on their Prime Exclusive phones altogether, and Wileyfox confirmed that they were going out of business.
One of the biggest reasons why US consumers still flock to carriers for their phones is because the upfront price is often too heavy to bear.Some OEMs have setup their own device installment plans in response but Amazon but a unique twist to that.With its Prime Exclusive phones, you pay a lower one-time fee in exchange for always seeing targeted ads on your lockscreen.Now UK phone maker Wileyfox is offering something similar in its new Add-X Range but with a unique twist of its own.The basics of the new range is that you pay almost 40% less the full price of a Wileyfox Android phone but agree to see lockscreen ads on your device.Wileyfox its only handles showing what on the lock screen but offloads the actual shopping experience to its partner retailers.
So if you could get a chunk of change knocked off your next phone, what would you be prepared to put up with?How about adverts on the lock screen?British phone manufacturer Wileyfox has introduced Add-X, a scheme to knock up to 42 per cent off the price of the actually pretty decent Swift 2 and Spark phones.In return, offers and adverts tailored to your age and gender appear on the lock screen.The scheme drops the price of the Swift 2 from £190 to £120, and brings the Spark+ down to just £70.When they appear, you swipe right to unlock your phone as normal or swipe left to see more from the advertiser.