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Jolla announces Intex as its first Sailfish OS licensing partner

Jolla today announced that the world’s first Sailfish OS licensing partner is Intex Technologies, currently thesecond largest smartphone maker of Indian origin. Jolla also introduced that Sailfish OS 2.0 is available on an optimised and scalable 4G LTE reference platform.

As part of Jolla’s BRICS country strategy, Jolla also announced the formation of Sailfish India, a regional mobile ecosystem for India together with leading Internet and online sales companies Times Internet and Snapdeal. The aim for Sailfish India is to develop a unique Indian mobile ecosystem, which will lead to greater differentiation in the market with more choices for consumers, higher user satisfaction and better revenues for local businesses. Further Sailfish India partners will be announced later.

The world’s first licensing partner to utilise the Sailfish OS 2.0 platform is Intex Technologies, second largest smartphone vendor of Indian origin, who will bring Sailfish OS based products to the market later in 2015.

With the release of Sailfish OS 2.0, the next generation version of its mobile operating system, Jolla is now set to license its OS to device vendors globally. To enable quick time-to-market for licensing partners, Jolla has developed a range of optimised Sailfish OS hardware platforms from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200/600/800 configurations, a highly scalable mobile processor family offering 4G LTE to everyone in all price ranges.

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Jolla introduces Sailfish OS 2.0; ready for licensing to OEMs and other Partners

Jolla, the mobile company from Finland, today announced that the independent mobile operating system Sailfish OS is now ready for licensing to OEMs and other partners. The next generation Sailfish OS scales from smartphones to tablets and introduces previously unseen software capabilities for partners to differentiate their product offerings. Jolla is also working with Intel to support the Intel® AtomTM x3 processor platform on Sailfish OS.

The independent Sailfish OS is soon reaching a major milestone as it is scaling from smartphones to tablets with the introduction of the Jolla Tablet. The first shipments of Jolla’s second Sailfish OS product are expected to start in Q2/2015. At this point, Sailfish OS is maturing to the next generation, ‘Sailfish OS 2.0’, and is introducing e.g. a new enhanced user interface, support for Intel architecture, and previously unseen software integration capabilities for partners.

Antti Saarnio, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Jolla comments: “The Sailfish OS roadmap has led the way from 2012 to this point: Sailfish OS is now ready for licensing to OEMs and other partners. It is scaling from smartphones to tablets, working on different chipsets and technical platforms, and the next generation user experience is simply hard to beat. Adding the unique software integration capabilities for partners, we feel that Sailfish OS is the perfect platform for OEMs, content owners, m-commerce companies, and others to build differentiated mobile products. We are also very happy to work with Intel in planning for the Intel Atom x3 processor support for Sailfish OS.”

Aicha Evans, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Communication and Devices Group comments: “Intel Atom x3 processor is Intel’s first integrated communications platform for tablets, phablets and smartphones, combining 64-bit multi-core Intel Atom application processors together with 3G or 4G LTE connectivity. We are excited to work with Jolla to bring their next Sailfish OS to Intel’s new integrated platform.” 

Approaching next generation ‘Sailfish OS 2.0’ for both smartphones and tablets 

Sailfish OS is an open source powered operating system, which is developed with a continuous integration model, with the aim to provide monthly software updates to all Sailfish OS users and development partners. When the Jolla Tablet is expected to hit the market in Q2/2015, Sailfish OS is maturing to the next generation, ‘Sailfish OS 2.0’.

The main elements for the next generation Sailfish OS will include:

  • Even stronger technical OS core and improved Android application compatibility
  • Support for Intel architecture, including the Intel Atom x3 processor
  • Best multitasking on the market for both smartphones and tablets
  • Improved user experience with an enhanced, even richer user interface
  • Strong privacy and personalization features
  • Many new UI/UX features, like enhanced notifications and events views, and even simpler swipe access to main functions
  • ‘Sailfish 2.0’ is designed to provide premium visibility in the UI for leading digital content providers and to enable OS level integration for mobile commerce

Open industry invitation to the Sailfish OS alliance 

With this announcement Jolla is inviting OEMs, ODMs, and leading internet, eCommerce, and content players to join the Sailfish OS alliance. By joining the alliance, partners will get a privileged license to Sailfish OS to build an own unique mobile offering, and to take full advantage of the flexibility and versatile features of Sailfish OS. Jolla also invites regional internet leaders especially from Russia, India, China and Japan, which are large enough markets and have strong interest to build their independent mobile ecosystems.

Jolla is currently working in close cooperation with leading software companies Tieto Corporation and The Qt Company to provide full-scale system integration and solution capabilities for partners in the development of Sailfish OS based mobile products.

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Jolla proposes its first Sailfish Tablet: Preview, Comparisons

Jolla design is all about functionality, minimalism and style. The first smartphone released earlier this year has already helped the company in getting some positive tractions. Jolla is now aiming at making the world’s first crowd-funded tablet. The proposed tablet is built around the same basic spec as Nokia’s N1, featuring a 7.9-inch display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, a quad-core Intel processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It’s not as thin and lacks the unibody aluminum case, but it’s also cheaper and can still run Android apps.

The front of the Jolla tablet will be dedicated to viewing what’s on screen, without any design distractions. Sailfish OS is all about logic, consistency and understanding intuitive movement. The Sailfish user interface has been designed with the most recent consumer needs in mind. With the most modern mobile UI Sailfish provides effortless multitasking. Users are able to multitask instantly between truly running applications. An integral part of Jolla’s Sailfish OS is the integration Android compatible application runtime that Jolla has developed in co-operation with Myriad AG, a leading provider of software and services to the mobile and TV industry.

The UI also features many new innovations, such as the Pulley Menu enabling fast and effortless interaction, at-a-glance peeks at status information, and effortless personalization of the device to match the user’s style and mood.  The start-up wizard guides you to select the applications a user actually wants. That way, you will also only get updates for what you actually use.

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Recently, Jolla also announced an agreement to license positioning services and map technology from HERE, a Nokia business, to be used in Sailfish OS. This will provide users with up-to-date map data and rich location information, such as restaurants and hotels, from over 190 countries around the world. Enabling fast and accurate retrieval of positioning information anywhere in the world, these services are essential for any mobile maps experience. A global map and location content offering also brings Jolla one step closer to achieving a fully equipped mobile operating system. The mapping asset is an integral part of Jolla’s complete user experience.

Sailfish OS integrates HERE’s mapping and positioning technology alongside thousands of Android applications provided by Yandex.Store, an appstore for Android. Currently featuring over 85,000 apps in 17 categories, Yandex.Store offers the best and most popular apps – from social networking and communication apps like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Skype, Viber and WeChat to games like Angry Birds. Yandex.Store will provide in-app purchase opportunities and is available on smartphones and tablets in 37 languages.

Technical Comparison:

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The Jolla Tablet is currently available in the following countries and regions in this campaign: EU, Norway, Switzerland, United States, India, China, Hong Kong, and Russia.

Jolla is currently running a campaign on Indiegogo to help fund and distribute the Tablet. They have priced the tablet at $189 for the first 1,000 backers and $199 for the next 1,000. In total, the company is seeking $380,000 in funding, though it says the goal is to get interested users participating in the development at an early stage. The first batch of Jolla Tablets will be shipped out to the earliest backers in the second quarter of 2015.

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Jolla Phone releases in India exclusively on Snapdeal.com

The Jolla Smartphone running Sailfish OS was released today in India and is going to be exclusively available in India for INR 16499 on Snapdeal.com. Jolla is a Finnish smartphone running its independent operating system, Sailfish OS. Based on Meego, an open source operating system formerly developed by Nokia among others, the Jolla smartphone offers a distinct user experience, unlike any of the competition. Other than its button-less design and gesture-based UI, Sailfish also lets you run Android apps on it.

The Jolla Smartphone:

The phone is 131mm tall and 9.9 mm thick. It also has a solid feature set, including a powerful dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of mass memory (expandable with microSD), ample 4.5″ qHD display, 5 point multi-touch with Gorilla 2 Glass. 8 MP AF camera with LED Flash and a 2MP front facing camera. The phone also has a support for User-replaceable battery, and that’s impressive.  I personally, love this.

User Experience:

The Sailfish user interface has been designed with the most recent consumer needs in mind. With the most modern mobile UI Sailfish provides effortless multitasking. Users are able to multitask instantly between truly running applications. Even more, users will be able to interact with the running applications directly on the home view: ending a call, pausing a song – without needing to enter the application. This multitasking feature brings usability and speed-of-use to a totally new level, unseen in the mobile industry.

Sailfish OS works with your natural movements to give you the best in-hand phone experience. Via swipes and shortcuts using just one hand, you can easily interact with all your running apps and services at the same time. And you do not have to look far for the ‘home’ button, as it’s always under your thumb.

An integral part of Jolla’s Sailfish OS is the integration Android compatible application runtime that Jolla has developed in co-operation with Myriad AG, a leading provider of software and services to the mobile and TV industry.

The Jolla smartphone supports Android applications as well as intuitive Sailfish OS apps, which makes Jolla an easy choice for smartphone consumers.

The UI also features many new innovations, such as the Pulley Menu enabling fast and effortless interaction, at-a-glance peeks at status information, and effortless personalization of the device to match the user’s style and mood.  The start-up wizard guides you to select the applications a user actually wants. That way, you will also only get updates for what you actually use.

Recently, Jolla announced an agreement to license positioning services and map technology from HERE, a Nokia business, to be used in Sailfish OS. This will provide users with up-to-date map data and rich location information, such as restaurants and hotels, from over 190 countries around the world. Enabling fast and accurate retrieval of positioning information anywhere in the world, these services are essential for any mobile maps experience. A global map and location content offering also brings Jolla one step closer to achieving a fully equipped mobile operating system. The mapping asset is an integral part of Jolla’s complete user experience.

Sailfish OS integrates HERE’s mapping and positioning technology alongside thousands of Android applications provided by Yandex.Store, an appstore for Android. Currently featuring over 85,000 apps in 17 categories, Yandex.Store offers the best and most popular apps – from social networking and communication apps like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Skype, Viber and WeChat to games like Angry Birds. Yandex.Store will provide in-app purchase opportunities and is available on smartphones and tablets in 37 languages.

The Other Half:

The phone also gives you option to choose different back-panel covers; as Jolla calls it, The Other Half covers. It is manufactured from ultra-durable and scratch resistant polycarbonate, it’s more than just a fresh coat of paint. Each color option packs a unique ambience with custom sounds, wallpapers and more. Your Jolla automatically detects The Other Half and instantly adapts the look and feel of your phone with wireless NFC technology.

Developer Support:

Jolla strongly believes and understands that the community is the heart of the idea generation, technology development and distribution and is committed to supporting community involvement and participation within Sailfish.

The Sailfish OS and UI are highly adaptable and will support smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, automotive and other device classes. Sailfish is a real opportunity for developers to participate in and build solutions with existing open source projects such as Qt, Mer Core, and the Linux kernel. The new OS will be built through community involvement and participation. The Sailfish SDK consists of Mer Core’s tools, Qt Creator, Jolla UI components, Sailfish UI framework and Sailfish handset application interfaces. The SDK encourages Sailfish friends to extend the tools to support development for their company’s style. The SDK is available and developed at www.sailfishos.org.