The #Nexus #Sailish is expected to be the smaller of the two Nexus phones rumored to be launching this year. We’ve stumbled across some hardware specs of this device, and a new benchmark listing is now detailing most of these features, some of which was already known to us.
To start things off, this GFXBench listing mentions that the handset will have a 5-inch 1080p display, which is practically the same as the LG Nexus 5X. In terms of processing power, the device is said to be sporting a 2.1 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC. This leads us to believe that the chipset will probably remain common between the two Nexus phones.
The rest of the hardware specs includes 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera and a yet unreleased version of Android, which is likely Android Nougat. The specs sheet does look pretty attractive, although it’s still to be seen if any of this will actually be seen on the device.
Not more than two months ago, the Jolla Tablet went up on Indiegogo as a crowd funded tablet meant for the masses. Having long surpassed their initial goal, the makers have now announced a slightly modified version of the tablet, also on Indiegogo. This tablet will set you back by $249 and will start shipping out by May.
So what’s exactly different with this tablet? Well for starters, it comes with 64GB of internal storage now, up from 32GB. There’s a microSD card slot in there as well, which will let you add cards of up to 128GB. Further, the battery on the device has been changed to a 4,450 mAh unit which is slightly more powerful than the 4,300 mAh unit on the first model.
There’s a combo available as well which consists of the Jolla Tablet and the Jolla phone for $449although it won’t ship outside of Europe. Even though the tablet is priced at $249 here, Jolla says that the price will be increased to $300 when sold outside Indiegogo. Users who have pledged support for the first iteration of the tablet can upgrade to this variant with a few extra bucks.
Jolla released its Sailfish OS running smartphone not too long ago. However, the smartphone hasn’t picked up pace the way it was supposed to. And as the company prepares for a wider rollout of the smartphone, the development team has come up with a clever idea to give Android users a chance to try out Jolla OS with the new Jolla Launcher app.
As you guessed by now, this is a custom launcher app and resembles the Sailfish OS as you would expect, but it is programmed to work with Android and its apps. This is an alpha version of the launcher, which means it won’t be free from glitches. So testers will have to specify every little issue known to them so that the team can sort it out as soon as possible.
Sailfish OS is a variation of the now extinct MeeGo OS which was developed by a bunch of ex-Nokia employees. While actual devices might take some time to reach our hands, it’s good to know that Jolla wants users to get a feel of its new OS with a dedicated launcher for Android. You can find all the required details from the source link below.
The Jolla smartphone specifications include the Linux-based Sailfish operating system, live multitasking, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 1 GB of RAM, and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.4GHz. Adding to the list is a 4.5-inch qHD multi-touch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, as well as protection by Gorilla Glass 2. It also comes with a microSIM card slot, support for GSM, 3G, and 4G LTE in a still-unrevealed limited list of countries and operators, an 8 MP primary camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, and a 2 MP secondary camera. It offers The Other Half expandability with smart covers and extension interfaces for power in/out, wireless NFC, and 12C data connectivity. As Jolla Mobile announced recently, the device is compatible with Android apps, but will not arrive with Google Play.
Jolla Mobile may continue revealing more details little by little until the device is launched. However, it is now becoming clear that Jolla is not interested in impressing consumers with a flashy set of specifications that will rival the flagship smartphone offerings of more popular manufacturers. Rather, it appears that the Finland-based company’s focus is truly on its operating system and its “easy-to-use, gesture-based” features.
The Jolla smartphone is due for release before the year ends. Currently, interested consumers may pre-order the device for the price of 400 Euros on Jolla’s website.
Online, the device has gotten mixed reactions. Some are excited about the operating system that provides an alternative to the more established names. Others also underscore that its Android app compatibility gives Jolla and Sailfish OS an advantage over the other operating systems that attempt to challenge Android and iOS. Meanwhile, others have expressed their skepticism over the list of specifications, particularly the qHD resolution of the display. What’s your take on the Jolla smartphone?
The specifications of the Jolla smartphone have been revealed on the company’s Facebook page, several months after the device had been officially announced.
For its display, the Jolla smartphone will pack a 4.5-inch qHD Jolla Estrade display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. This detail disappointed some who had been hoping for a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution. As for the size, it is considerably smaller than many of the 5-inch devices today. For comparison, however, it has a size similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, which has a slightly smaller display panel measuring 4.3 inches.
The device will also arrive with a 1.4 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Meanwhile, the storage capacity is 16GB, which may be further expanded by a microSD card. RAM is a full GB. Its cameras are an 8 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, plus a 2 MP front-facing camera. Earlier, Jolla said that the smartphone will not come with a dedicated physical camera button. However, the volume up key may function as a shutter button. Moreover, the device is powered by a user-replaceable 2100 mAh battery (3.8V, 7.98Wh). There is also something called “The Other Half” expandability with smart covers. It had been earlier said that the color options would include light blue, white, green, and orange. Lastly, the device features Jolla Mobile’s Sailfish OS. The list of specifications is more detailed that the one that Jolla published a few days ago, or what was revealed in May.
The announcement comes several days after Jolla issued a press release regarding the Jolla smartphone’s compatibility with Android apps. It clarified today, however, that despite the compatibility, the smartphone will not have Google Play. Some apps which will be compatible with Sailfish are Instagram, Whatsapp, Spotify, and Whatsapp.
As of the moment, pre-ordering for the Jolla smartphone is already open. It is priced at 399 Euros. Jolla hopes to ship the devices by the end of the year.
Jolla Mobile has issued a press release regarding the Sailfish and Android compatibility today. This means that apps made for Android can now run on the Sailfish operating system without the need for additional modifications to be made. Sailfish has also stated that it is communicating with the various Android app stores to make the downloading of apps on Sailfish OS-based devices easy and seamless. Some apps that will directly run on Sailfish, according to Jolla Mobile, include Instagram, Whatsapp, Spotify, and WeChat.
The Finland-based company expects that the Sailfish and Android compatibility will mean growth for its operating system, as it will allow Sailfish users to take advantage of the multitude of Android apps available. Jolla Mobile, in particular, has its eyes on the European and Asian market. Such markets, Jolla believes, show plenty of potential for Sailfish OS to grow. In fact, the company revealed that it is already in talks with mobile device vendors from such regions. Jolla Mobile says that due to the recent Microsoft-Nokia announcement, it was able to gain a stronger foothold in the operating system wars. In response the positive feedback it had received, Jolla Mobile is opening a new batch of devices for pre-order, specifically for Finnish consumers. It would be recalled that the company opened the first Sailfish OS phones for pre-order back in May. During that time, it had been already revealed that the Jolla phones would support Android apps. Jolla Mobile is one of the newer operating systems that are attempting to challenge the dominance of Android and iOS. The other contenders currently include Tizen, Firefox OS, and Ubuntu Mobile. In case you’re interested in a device with a different OS that is nonetheless compatible with Android apps, Jolla’s offering features a 4.5-inch display, a dual core CPU, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, an 8 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, support for LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB 2.0, GPS, and a user-removable and replaceable battery. The device reportedly recognizes the unit attached to it and changes the operating system’s visual theme accordingly. Available colors include light blue, white, green, and orange. Interested in the mobile device operating system competition? Be sure to check out Robin’s article on the Android-iPhone duopoly here.
Jolla is prepping for the launch of its new smartphone with its new Sailfish OS. Jolla is hoping that its offering will allow it to break the Android-iPhone duopoly. And it is not the only one. CNET wrote that 2013 appears to be the year of the alternative smartphone OS, with Tizen, Ubuntu Touch, and Firefox OS throwing their hats in the ring. That may be true, and if so, 2014 is the year you will see mobile operating systems dropping dead like flies.
History shows us that there is room for two operating systems, but only two.
If you look at the history of desktop operating systems, as a guide for predicting the fate of mobile operating systems, outside of Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone, the future is bleak. Historically, the market seems to have only tolerated two operating systems. AROS, BeOS, BSD, Chrome OS, Inferno, JNode, KolibriOS, ReactOS, and a gaggle of Linux based operating systems have failed to make a significant dent. Microsoft’s Windows at one time controlled over 90% of desktop operating systems, and Apple, though having a much lower market share, remained profitable for the past fifteen years. Losses in Microsoft’s Windows market share, pretty much translate into gains for Apple’s Mac OS X.
The Android-iPhone Duopoly
If we use desktop operating system history to predict the outcome of the mobile wars, there is little room for Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10, both established players in the mobile field. Where does this leave Tizen, Firefox OS, Ubuntu OS and Jolla’s Sailfish?
As for Android, as the hardware capable of running Android phones become cheaper with each year, Android will become more accessible to a larger base of consumers. Eric Schmidt has talked about US$20 smartphones in the past and Android 4.3, Kye Lime Pie, is rumoured to improve performance in lower cost devices. This would close the door to new entrants even for extremely low end cost devices like the market that the Firefox OS is targeting.
Outside Android and the iPhone, you have Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10. Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 are already “successful” third and fourth operating systems hovering somewhere at 3% of all new phones sold.
The Windows Phone 8 mobile phone market share in mobile, is as big as the combined market share of all other operating systems in the desktop arena. This is a rather modest market share when you consider everything. Microsoft has deep pockets and has been willing to spend. It had a core of Windows Mobile users who were prime targets for migration to the new operating system, the Microsoft Office trump card, and strong HTC and Nokia backing too boot.
BlackBerry also holds a market share similar in size to Windows’ market share. It has an impressive worldwide marketing campaign to push its new BlackBerry 10 platform and a base of loyal users to migrate to its new platform. Sales are below expectations.
Between these four operating systems, the mobile operating system market is already much more diverse than the desktop market has been in the past two decades. Why should we expect the mobile operating system market to become more diverse? I actually would not be surprised to see the field of four major players to be reduced to three in two years time.
No one really wants more choice.
Carriers really do not want to have to support a whole bunch of operating systems. If carriers could have their way, they would only offer one phone running one operating system. App Developers would really prefer to just develop one version of an App. Except for Samsung, with Bada, and now Tizen, manufacturers really would like to only have one smartphone operating system to build for.
Even when you go down to the consumer level, the vast majority really do not want each phone to be a new learning experience. Those unhappy with Android go to iOS, and vice versa. Actually, unhappy Android users can try other Android phones from different manufacturers, as different versions of Android offer different experiences. The group of consumers that does not like Android AND the iPhone, is probably rather small. So where will the demand for the host of new mobile operating systems come from?
Other operating systems, will have to rely more on just being different. Anyone who wants to break the Android-iPhone duopoly will have to develop new hardware which needs new software. Until then, Android and the iPhone will rule.
If the first question on your mind when you started this article is “What is Jolla?”, that really pretty much captures everything in a nutshell. Jolla and its Sailfish will be of interest to the tech community, who will extol its benefits. Some of us will be reading articles about it with interest as we watch the new offering sail into the sunset. The rest of the world will not even know it ever existed.
Nokia’s promising looking MeeGo platform was ditched once and for all when the Finns got too focused on Windows Phone 7, thanks largely to the entry of Stephen Elop. The MeeGo platform was an evolution of Maemo which featured on handsets like the N900. The last known MeeGo handset was the Nokia N9 and the N950 (developer version). Sadly, the device saw very limited sales and that was because the smartphone wasn’t launched in the UK, U.S or major Asian countries, because Nokia was looking to launch the Lumia 800 right about then. But whoever managed to get their hands on the device were instant fans of the smartphone and the all touch UI. And since the development for the platform stopped, a few ex-Nokia developers decided to form their own company called Jolla which would rejuvenate the platform with a new OS called Sailfish. Very little has been known about the OS, except for a few scanty images, but now the folks at Engadget have managed to get some hands on time with the smartphone and it certainly looks promising. The fact that the OS is shown off on a Nokia N950 should hardly come as a surprise as these developers have been working with this smartphone for quite a while now.
The platform comes with support for true multitasking which shows us a small preview of the minimized app on the homescreen. Several of the platform’s features were shown off in the video, right from multi-tasking to deep customization, the Sailfish OS can handle it all. The OS has been designed in a way that the certain parts of the user interface changes according to the wallpaper you set, now that’s a neat touch. Shortcuts on the lockscreen can be arranged nicely as well. It’s obviously a work in progress, so not everything is perfect just yet. Most of the features remind heavily of MeeGo, especially the all swipe gestures. There’s no doubt that the gang has some creativity and it would go a long way in shaping the future for the OS.
The folks at Jolla have made the Sailfish SDK public so that the developers can have a brief look at the OS and pass on suggestions if any. Plenty of these features have been displayed in the hands on video, so make sure you catch that. All in all, it’s good to see ex-Nokia employees quick to act and bring an OS to the fore. Although it’s still in its developmental stages, it won’t take long to attract users. However, we fear if projects like these will remain merely as an experiment as there’s hardly any room for a new platform to make way into the market. Those who were impressed by the Nokia N9 and the MeeGo Harmattan OS, would certainly take a liking to Jolla’s new offering.