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Sailfish OS To Become Available For Download To Android Devices

Jolla, a Finland based company started by former Nokia employees, recently announced that its mobile operating system called Sailfish OS is now at version 1.0 and is ready for global distribution. What makes this OS attractive is that it is able to run Android applications. It will also soon become available for download to run on select Android devices.

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The first Jolla phone was available in a limited release late last year. It first ran on Sailfish OS beta and since then three major updates have been made. The fourth update is set for release this coming March after which commercial global distribution will begin.

According to Marc Dillon, Co-Founder and COO of Jolla “We’re very excited to announce this. We’ve been working hard together with our user community to make the user experience of the Jolla smartphone and Sailfish OS effortless and distinct. We believe that Jolla now offers a truly viable option for all smartphone users. Naturally we are not stopping here, as we continue to provide monthly software updates to Jolla devices and Sailfish OS.”

To expand its user base, the company is making Sailfish OS compatible with common Android devices. Right now the Sailfish community has made it possible to make Jolla OS run on devices such as the Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Sony Xperia. Work is also being done right now to bring the OS to Xiaomi models.

For those who would like to try out this new OS a Sailfish launcher has been developed which will soon become available for download from Jolla.com and the popular Android markets. This launcher simulates the Sailfish OS experience on an Android device.

Antti Saarnio, Chairman of the Board of Jolla, said that “We see this as a huge volume opportunity for Sailfish OS as there are close to a billion Android users globally. Many of them are looking for new user experiences to freshen up their existing devices. Last year in China alone, about 100 million devices were re-flashed after the purchase with a new operating system. This approach allows Sailfish OS to scale into volume fast without limitations. This is a scaling opportunity in a similar way as we have seen in the mobile gaming industry recently.”

The launcher is expected to be released in the first half of this year and will give users a feel of how the system works. This will then be followed shortly with the release of the full Sailfish OS for Android devices.

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Jolla’s Sailfish OS gets ported onto a Nexus 4

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The Jolla Sailfish OS has been successfully ported onto the Nexus 4 thanks to some handy work done by a developer. It was known in the past that the Sailfish OS is pretty versatile and Jolla has specified that it is compatible with Android hardware as well as software, so it was only a matter of time before someone got their hands onto the ROM and ported it to an Android smartphone.

The developer also uploaded a video to show us how Jolla works on a Nexus 4. Needless to say, it’s a fully functioning ROM and should be ready for public use as well. Check out the video below to learn the functioning of the Sailfish OS as seen on a Nexus 4. A third party Sailfish ROM for Android could be a saving grace for the platform as the handset isn’t available everywhere around the world. It is clear that Jolla is counting heavily on developers like this to popularize the platform and we should expect more third party ROMs to surface in the coming weeks.

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Jolla Is Now Shipping Across Europe To Those Who Pre-Ordered The Device

A new smartphone has entered the market which was launched last November 27 in Finland. The device which is simply called Jolla is designed and made by former employees of Nokia and uses a new operating system called Sailfish OS which is based on MeeGo. During its launch date only 450 devices were made available which went to those who pre-registered for the device.

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Today Jolla is shipping out to those who pre-ordered it with the bulk coming from Finland then followed by the UK and Germany. This device will become available worldwide at a price of €399 however the specific date has not been revealed yet.

Whenever a device running on a new ecosystem is released the initial consumers will want to know if apps are readily available that will run on it. The good news about Jolla is that it is able to install Android apps.

Jolla Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: Height 131 mm, Width 68 mm, Thickness 9.9 mm, Weight 141 g
  • Processor: Qualcomm Dual Core 1.4GHz
  • Network & Connectivity: GSM/3G/4G LTE (Works on 6 continents), WLAN802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.0 EDR HS, AGPS & GLONASS, USB2.0 HS, Standard 3.5mm 4-pin audio jack
  • Memory: 16GB storage, 1GB RAM, MicroSD slot
  • Display: 4.5″ IPS qHD (960×540) display, 5-point multi-touch with Gorilla 2 Glass
  • Camera: 8MP AF camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera
  • Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyro, E-compass, Ambient light
  • Power: User-replaceable battery (2100mAh, 3.8V, 7.98Wh)

The Sailfish OS of the device is based on the MeeGo platform, a Linux based system jointly developed by Intel and Nokia. The initial impressions of the Jolla smartphone is that it is a beautiful device that resembles two slabs of plastics joined together like a sandwich. The back portion of the device is called as “The Other Half” and is designed as an extendible platform. This part has several connectors built in such as power and data bus. The data bus can be used for future accessories like a QWERTY keyboard among others.

Navigating the UI is a new experience and unlike that of the Android or iOS. Since he device has very few buttons you’ll mostly rely on gestures to peek at content and do push and pulls.

Getting Android apps on the device is easily done using Yandex’s Android App Store which is already pre-installed. Consumers will have access to around 85,000 apps which is already impressive. For those who are looking for the familiar Google Play Store then you may get it on your device as someone has figured out a way to do it.

Overall Jolla is a solid smartphone that looks very promising.

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Jolla wants Sailfish OS to find a home on Android devices

Jolla SailfishJolla officially launched its first Sailfish OS running smartphone a few days ago with the ability to run Android apps. With Android being one of the largest mobile platforms in the world, it’s no surprise that the team chose to bring Android compatibility with their OS. However, according to the CEO of Jolla, the team is looking for even deeper support with the Android platform. It is being said that Jolla wants Android smartphones to be able to sideload the Sailfish OS pretty much like a custom ROM, so that people can get a hint of what the Sailfish OS can do.

The company apparently has its eyes set on the Chinese market as well, which has a remarkable demand for new smartphones. However, while producing Sailfish OS smartphones in enough quantities could be pretty challenging, providing a ROM to flash on existing Android devices shouldn’t be a hard ask. In the end, Jolla wants to find a home on Android, which was clear since app compatibility was available from the start. Sideloading is still a fairly new concept to many Android users out there, so it will be crucial for the Jolla team to convince users that Sailfish OS is a viable option.

Source: Daily Mobile

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What Jolla’s Sailfish OS-powered phone means for the Android ecosystem

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Jolla has released its first batch of Sailfish OS-powered smartphones. What will this mean for Android?

Loyal Nokia fans cried foul when the Finnish mobile phone maker suddenly jumped on the Windows Phone bandwagon (if there is one, at all), thereby abandoning its own Symbian platform, which had powered Nokia smartphones for so long. According to then-CEO Stephen Elop, it was an effort to jump the burning platform, so to speak. It was brutally honest: Symbian — and even its evolved form MeeGo — was fast being overtaken by iOS and Android as mobile platforms.

Nokia has since moved on to become the leading brand in Windows Phone. While the platform’s market share is nothing to write home about, it is a contender for the so-called third ecosystem, in competition with the declining BlackBerry platform. It does matter that Nokia makes great hardware (as is in the tradition of Nokia), such that its mobile division has been acquired by Microsoft, and will be integrated into the Redmond firm.

Now some stalwarts of the old days obviously disagree, which is exemplified by Jolla, a startup company founded by a former Nokia employees, in the aim of continuing where the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 supposedly left off. The result is the Jolla phone, powered by the new Sailfish OS (likewise based on Symbian underpinnings), which touts efficient resource use in mobile and embedded devices, and further highlights a proprietary and real-time multi-tasking interface.

Perhaps the best thing about Sailfish OS is that it will be able to run Android applications!

Cross-platform support for Android apps is not exactly new. For instance, about 20 percent of BlackBerry 10 apps are actually repackaged Android apps. Additionally, BlackBerry has announced that an upcoming update to BB10 will include native support for Android applications. For app developers, this will mean one less platform to worry about. For users, this means wider availability of apps.

Perhaps the greater benefit here is for the owner of the platform. An application marketplace, after all, can make or break a platform. The first-generation iPhone was already a coveted device when it launched. But it was support for third-party apps and an app marketplace that catapulted iOS to prominence. It was the same with Android. Today, the size, profitability and quality of the two major platforms’ app marketplace are oft-compared. Apps seem to be the killer app, of the smartphone industry.

The benefits here are four-fold:

  • Platform owner: Android app support gives Jolla an easy access to an existing collection of apps, which means it does not have to convince developers to port their apps or develop applications from scratch.
  • Users: Jolla and Sailfish OS give users an additional choice for their smartphone needs. While Jolla is likely to be a niche device, device buyers have another potential brand outside of the usual choices (Apple, Samsung, Nokia, et al).
  • Developers: Android app support in Sailfish OS gives developers a bigger potential audience. This also means a bigger potential source of revenue, although developers would not be able to enjoy receiving premium or freemium payments via the Google Play Store. Jolla has partnered with Yandex for easy access to an Android app marketplace, however.
  • Android. The Android ecosystem, as a whole, benefits from this compatibility, which effectively turns Android apps into a de facto application platform across different platforms and OSes.

For Jolla to launch its operating system with full support for Android apps means it wants the convenience of being able to run both native Sailfish applications, while also gaining access to the hundreds of thousands of Android apps already available. This certainly is an advantage, because Jolla may not necessarily have the influence nor resources to launch its own full-scale marketplace. Why reinvent the wheel, after all?

Jolla is not alone, of course. There are other OSes that will highlight their support for Android apps, and some are actually forks of Android. These include the likes of Xiaomi, which itself has both a cult and popular following in China and elsewhere. Jolla would have to differentiate itself by giving some value added — in this case affordable mid-range devices that actually hold their own against flagship models from other companies.

Does Jolla and its Sailfish OS add value to Android as an ecosystem? Yes. The new platform improves on the general-purpose nature of Android apps. While Jolla is currently positioned as a niche player and may not necessarily have sales figures like Samsung, LG, HTC or Motorola, the value here is choice. As for device builders, it’s easy enough for a manufacturer to simply choose Android as their default go-to platform when building phones. Perhaps Sailfish OS may become a good alternative in the future, for either manufacturer or the end-user, much like how CyanogenMod is positioning itself as a viable replacement ROM for stock Android installations.

Jolla Smartphone Gets Officially Launched, Can Run Android Apps

When Nokia began losing its market share due to the strong growth of the Android and iOS platform the company began to let go of most of its employees. Some employees and executives who were affected by the layoffs decided to form their own company called Jolla with the aim of making a smartphone running on the Sailfish OS which is based on MeeGo. This was back in 2011.

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Today the company has finally launched its first Jolla smartphone into the market. Only 450 units were released during the launch on Wednesday evening with most of the units going to customers who have pre-ordered in advance. Co-founder Marc Dillon says that they are currently in the process of ramping up their production to meet the demand.

The device has a 4.5 inch display and has the noticeable influence of Nokia on its design. Unlike Nokia phones though, this model is based on the MeeGo open source platform which Nokia abandoned in 2011. It is also compatible with more than 85,000 Android apps which should be a plus factor for this device and should help it capture a much wider market share.

Dillon further said that “We are providing a world-class choice … that is an alternative for consumers [and] that can be very agile and powerful. For our operating system business we have a huge opportunity because there is currently one choice really available to every global mobile manufacturer and that’s Android.”

The device is currently being carried by Finnish telecoms company DNA with the company working on a similar deal with a UK operator.

Jolla Smartphone Technical Specifications

  • Price: 399€
  • Dimensions: Height 131 mm, Width 68 mm, Thickness 9.9 mm, Weight 141 g
  • Processor: Qualcomm Dual Core 1.4GHz
  • Network & connectivity: GSM/3G/4G LTE (Works on 6 continents), WLAN802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.0 EDR HS, AGPS & GLONASS, USB2.0 HS, Standard 3.5mm 4-pin audio jack, Micro SIM, Standard MicroUSB connectivity and charging, Extension interfaces for wireless NFC, power in/out and I2C data connectivity
  • Memory: 16GB storage, 1GB RAM, MicroSD slot
  • Display: Ample 4.5″ IPS qHD (960×540) display, 5-point multi-touch with Gorilla 2 Glass
  • Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyro, E-compass, Ambient light
  • Power: Talk & stand-by time (approx.): 9 / 10hrs (GSM/3G) & 500hrs, User-replaceable battery (2100mAh, 3.8V, 7.98Wh)

With the mobile industry being dominated by Android and iOS it’s a huge risk to introduce another platform in the market. That platform has to have unique features that make it stand out above the rest or else it will just fail.

Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics says that while Jolla is no iPhone or Samsung Galaxy killer it could find its niche in the smartphone industry. “At some point people will start looking for an alternative to Android and Apple so there might be an opportunity in this very cyclical market for Jolla to grab market share. But I think it will be two or three versions down the line before we really know whether Jolla or Sailfish is worthy of challenging Apple or Android or Microsoft.”

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More Jolla smartphone specifications published

Jolla smartphone specifications

More Jolla smartphone specifications have been officially revealed on the Jolla Mobile Facebook page. The list provides more details as compared to the set that the Sailfish OS creator published yesterday.

Jolla smartphone specifications
Jolla smartphone specifications

Jolla smartphone specifications

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?

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Sailfish and Android compatibility announced

Jolla and Android compatibility

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.

Jolla and Android compatibility
Jolla and Android compatibility

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.

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First Jolla and Sailfish OS Phone Available for Pre-Order; Features Android App support

Once upon a time, Finnish Nokia employees decided that they could start their own company to manufacture phones that could take on their employer’s and other brand phones in the market, and sure they have done it.  Jolla is the name of the company and also their new phone which will be entering the market soon.  The first details of the Jolla phone have surfaced and it will not be the ordinary Android smartphone we would expect – it comes with a mobile operating system called Sailfish OS.  If you would like to have this new smartphone, it is already up for pre-order.  The new Jolla phone may run a completely different operating system from the most popular smartphones in the market (Android) but it also is said to support Android apps.

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The Phone’ Specs

The Jolla Phone is a 4.5 inch device that is basically a typical modern smartphone introducing a whole new Linux-based mobile operating system.  It’s 4.5 inch Estrade display screen will be a ‘High Definition’, probably a 720p, but this is just a speculation.  The Jolla Phone is also said to be coming with an unspecified dual-core processor, 16 GB of internal storage space but with a microSD support, a rear 8 megapixels camera, 4G LTE network support and the battery will be removable and user-replaceable.

Jolla will offer various casing options as it may be coming with several cases or ‘The Other Half’.  The colors of the cases will apparently match the ‘theme’ of the handset, letting the user set up ‘the other half, exactly as they want it to be.

 

Sailfish OS

Sailfish OS is the newest mobile OS coming hot on the heels of Firefox OS and others expected to make a difference in a world dominated by Android.  This OS is however said to be ‘gesture based’ operating system and if it will actually effectively Android apps then it may just be interesting to find out what its future is.  It doesn’t however mean that users will be able to install Android apps right out of the Play Store, details on the support for Android apps are not clear yet.  The new Sailfish OS is specifically a mobile operating system unveiled during the 2010 Mobile World Congress based on the old ‘MeeGo’ platform.  The birth of Sailfish OS was triggered by the merge between Moblin (Intel’s) and Maemo (Nokia) but both companies ditched the new OS as Nokia decided to bet their future on Microsoft’s Windows phone OS while Intel went east to partner with Samsung in developing Tizen, another Linux-based mobile OS.

 

Price and Availability

The Jolla is a cleanly and uniquely designed smartphone and the way the company makes it sound, the device allows for a ton of deeper functionalities beyond just customizations features.  The phone is expected to be available sometime towards the end of 2013 and will be costing €399 (about $510).  The manufacturer promises that pre-orders to the European countries may start shipping at the end of the year depending on demand.  It probably will reach other markets outside Europe from early to mid-next year, but this may depend on how well the phone is received in Europe.

Sources: TechCruch and Engadget. View additional images on Android Authority.

 

Jolla’s Sailfish OS Gets the Hands-On Treatment

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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.

Source: Engadget
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