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?