Friday, May 24, 2013

Jolla announces first Sailfish-based smartphone

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Jolla, the Finnish company, has launched a brand new phone with a brand new smartphone OS. The OS is linux based, The UI looks fresh and on the top of everything, it supports running android apps.

The birth of the new OS dates back to the moment when Nokia shelved their flagship device N9 with Meego operating system. It is said, some of the developers, who were deprived by the lack of support of Nokia towards Meego and more towards windows mobile OS, started a small community, worked hard and the result is Sailfish OS and a new device named Jolla. 

The original configuration announced in the official site is 
  • Original Jolla design with ample 4.5” Estrade display
  • Dual core and 4G*
  • 16GB storage + microSD
  • 8MP AF camera
  • User-replaceable battery
  • The Other Half
  • Easy-to-use, gesture based Sailfish OS
  • Android™ app compatible
  • 399€ - target to ship by the end of 2013

The LTE-smartphone -- which is just called Jolla, for now -- is powered by a dual-core processor and has an 8-megapixel camera. It also has 16GB of integrated storage which can be expanded using an SD card.

The smartphone has been designed to look like two thin slabs that have been bonded together, and users can change the color of the back one with different snap-on covers.
However, what's important here isn't the hardware, but the company's reason for existing, the Sailfish operating system, which Jolla hopes will lure users away from competing platforms. To help boost the availability of apps, the OS will be able to run Android applications.
The Jolla will start shipping during the fourth quarter and cost €399 (US$510) including taxes in the EU. It can be preordered on Jolla's website.
The market for smartphone operating systems will get a lot more crowded this year, as the respective backers of Firefox OS, Ubuntu and Tizen are also expected to launch their first phones. The only thing Jolla has got going for it is its small size, which means it doesn't have to sell many devices to survive, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research director at IDC.
All of the new operating systems will have a very hard time even making a dent in Android and iOS' dominance. Firefox OS and Tizen are expected to have a share of less than 5 percent in five years, according to IDC, which isn't even tracking Ubuntu and Sailfish.

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