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Jolla announces first Sailfish-based smartphone

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 20 May 2013 10:21 User comments (6)

Jolla announces first Sailfish-based smartphone Jolla, a Finnish mobile startup, has announced its first smartphone running the Sailfish OS.
Sailfish is developed by Jolla in cooperation with the Mer project (based on Intel's MeeGo). It sports a multi-tasking user interface that differentiates it from Android and iOS devices.

Today, Jolla announced its first mobile handset, "Other Half", and gave some limited spec details....
  • Jolla original design with ample 4.5" Estrade display
  • Dual core and 4G)
  • Keep it and share with 16GB + microSD
  • 8MP AF camera
  • User-replaceable battery
  • The Other Half
  • Gesture based Sailfish OS
  • Android app compliant
Shipping is targeted for the end of the year, and one will cost 399.

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6 user comments

120.5.2013 18:06

This is overpriced.

221.5.2013 12:23

Does "Android app compliant" mean it will play Android apps?

What's meant to be the advantage of Sailfish over Droid?



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324.5.2013 10:10

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Does "Android app compliant" mean it will play Android apps?

What's meant to be the advantage of Sailfish over Droid?


Seeing as he's requesting software developers to develop for Jolla, I doubt it will run Android apps.

And as you also said - what's the advantage of this over Android? In the limited details released, I can't see anything here that Android can't already do.

424.5.2013 16:15

Android IS a multi-tasking OS.

526.5.2013 7:25

Quote:
Android runtime
Sailfish OS includes the capability to run Android? applications through a third party solution. It is based on open source Android libraries, ensuring performance comparable to the native environment.

626.5.2013 7:31

Originally posted by xecuterbo:
Quote:
Android runtime
Sailfish OS includes the capability to run Android? applications through a third party solution. It is based on open source Android libraries, ensuring performance comparable to the native environment.

I still don't really see the point of this. People will need a reason to switch OS. If I want an OS to run Android Apps, I'll use Android. Rather than a third party solution on a different OS.
Even putting that aside, I still don't see what this offers that Android doesn't already offer. It says in the specs below that the multi-tasking interface differentiates itself from Android. How? Just because it looks different??

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