Jolla gives a first glimpse of MeeGo-based Sailfish

Jolla gives a first glimpse of MeeGo-based Sailfish  It was back in July that we first heard of Finnish startup Jolla, a group of ex-Nokia employees keen to keep the MeeGo dream alive.

Fast-forward four months and they’re giving us a first glimpse at their MeeGo-based Sailfish operating system.

For starters, we have a 75-second promotional/marketing-style video over on YouTube, though it doesn’t give a great deal away in terms of how Sailfish actually works.

For that, we head over to – where else? – MTV3 Finland for a proper Jolla Sailfish hands-on.

We’re told that the status information (clock, signal strength, etc) doesn't take up space on the Sailfish homescreen, though it is “readily available” with a quick swipe.

Instead, the homescreen functions more like a multitasking menu. A swipe up reveals the application launcher, and open apps can subsequently be swiped onto the homescreen, where they behave like interactive widgets.

With the Contacts app, for example, it’s possible to swipe within the widget (left and right) to access features such as the dialer.

Similarly, with the Music app, it’s possible to play and pause music without having to open the full app.

Finally, a Sailfish feature called Ambience can create themes based on the colour scheme from a given picture. Lovely.

The eagle-eyed among you might’ve picked up on a little Android logo in the aforementioned Sailfish YouTube video. That’s because Android apps will be supported via Myriad’s Alien Dalvik software.

Still no official Sailfish release date, though Jolla has previously said that it hopes to see devices hit the market in early 2013.

What do you make of Sailfish so far? Death to Android, or dead in the water?

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:16

All about hardware and pricing... demoeing it on an N9 is one thing, delivering mas appeal another entirely

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:28

All about hardware and pricing... demoeing it on an N9 is one thing, delivering mas appeal another entirely
+1

sparrowwithmachinegun  Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:44

The OS looks great with true multitasking, the next "task" is to launch the first handsets quickly. Good battery life and build quality are at the top of my list.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:51

All about hardware and pricing... demoeing it on an N9 is one thing, delivering mas appeal another entirely
+1


Is that "+1" for my excellent spelling? :D oops

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:55

All about hardware and pricing... demoeing it on an N9 is one thing, delivering mas appeal another entirely
+1


Is that "+1" for my excellent spelling? :D oops

I decided not to mention it, I decided it was probably written on a phone. It was more the sentiment of what you were saying which I "+1".

Stelph  Nov. 21, 2012 at 15:22

Looks good, as mentioned above its really all about hardware and price points now. It would be great if they kept it simple (in the phone area) and aimed at all the major markets with only a couple of models. Top of the range smartphone, mid range smartphone, "dumb"phone and maybe something like a rugged phone or waterproof. I think Android has taught us that a large number of phones can cause difficulty with developers and consumer confusion

Imagine if Jolla really took off? Would it make Nokia look a bit silly having ditched a similar direction with the N9?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 21, 2012 at 15:51

hahaha...

Hope the ROM is leaked to try on my N9

Pondlife  Nov. 21, 2012 at 23:54

Most worrying thing so far is quoting st:tng Riker at their demo.
The unlike slogan and t-shirts aren't a highlight either.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 22, 2012 at 06:55

Hahahahaha

SpeedyG  Nov. 22, 2012 at 15:04

Just another Palm Pre wannabe. X)

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