July 4, 2014 By: Samantha
The Jolla phone has been out for a while now, and running Sailfish OS, it presents itself as a fresh and interesting alternative what we’ve all gotten used to over the years—albeit it has heritage in the more primitive MeeGo previously. Normally, those who are looking to give Sailfish a go would have to either get some hands on experience with the Jolla phone themselves or wait around for a port to their current device. But because both of these options may not be possible, it’s good to see that folks can now be able to experience a large part of the OS with the recently ported Sailfish launcher.
Ported by XDA Forum Member riyono, the Sailfish launcher is compatible with any device running Android 4.2 or newer, and seems to be mostly working as it should. The navigation of the launcher is exactly the same as what you would do on a Jolla phone, that is, swiping from the edges of the screen to access the app drawer, lock screen, and going back to the previous screen. Normally, there would be no navigation buttons at all, but because the port is still in its alpha phase, the Android navigation buttons still persist in the launcher.
The Sailfish launcher is definitely something worth trying out if you’ve been seriously considering purchasing a Jolla phone, or even if you’re simply curious about its unique user interface. So if you have a compatible Android device and want to give this a go, check out the original thread for more information.
December 31, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The end of 2013 is here, and it has been an exciting year in the mobile device world. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan combed through all the headlines, hardware releases, and device developments that happened this year and identified the Top Five Technology Trends for 2013.
Everything from expanded mobile OS offerings to great independant mobile device choices, the rapid expansion of wearable technology and Google Glass, and much more. So take a moment to check out today’s video and see the top 5 trends in the mobile industry this year. Let us know if we got it right or why we are dead wrong in the comments below!
December 1, 2013 By: Samantha
When the Jolla phone was announced back in May of 2013 along with Sailfish OS, plenty of us were genuinely interested in the Meego successor. This is probably due to its simplistic and customizable hardware, its ability to run Android apps, and our interest in how Jolla will do things differently. This is evident from the feedback received from the XDA community on the original article, with plenty of comments and discussions.
Fast forward half a year, and the Jolla phone was made available to the European market on the 27 of November, giving people the first taste of Sailfish OS. If you’ve been glancing your eyes towards the new OS with interest, but find yourself comfortable with your current Android device, there’s good news.
The company’s CEO Tomi Pienimäki recently stated in an interview that Jolla is planning to bring the Sailfish experience over to Android owners, and that the process will be quite easy, as indicated with:
“That is the plan. We are on device business and OS business. It is fairly easy to install the OS on Android devices”
As Pienimäki continues:
”There is no such culture in these parts of the world [Finland], but there are people that are installing new operating systems on their devices. In China it is mainstream. About half of the smartphone buyers are upgrading their older or cheaper devices with a better version of Android.”
“For us it is a possibility to distribute our operating system especially in China. There are websites that already distribute [OS] software and the Chinese customers are doing it ¬so we don’t have to teach them. We just have to get Sailfish to those websites – and to make sure that Sailfish will run on different kind of Android devices.”
One consideration when deciding to give Sailfish a whirl on your Android device is LTE compatibility. Although the Jolla phone has LTE components, Sailfish OS does not have LTE compatibility. However, development on LTE support is underway according to Jolla, which probably means by the time Sailfish does make its way over to Android, LTE will no longer be an issue.
Pienimäki did not provide any in depth details on a possible plan and distribution schedule, but we can infer that the plan is still in its early stages, much like Jolla and Sailfish themselves. Despite its infancy, it’ll be great to see this plan develop into actuality.
Are you looking forward to giving Sailfish a try? And if you have your own Jolla phone already, what are your thoughts and impressions? Share them with us below.
May 24, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
New Mobile Operating System Jolla Sailfish‘s flagship device has made its first appearance. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news are two articles about XDA-University courses teaching you how to port ClockworkMod recovery and crafting recovery-flashable packages.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK gave us a run down on Google I/O 2013, Kevin gave us a tour of AutomateIT, and TK released an app review of Profile Flow. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
May 22, 2013 By: Conan Troutman
Given the amount of coverage that Android receives around here, you could almost be forgiven for forgetting that other mobile operating systems do exist. They do, and one of the more recent platforms that is being eagerly anticipated by many that does in fact look promising is Sailfish OS. This OS is the work of a Finnish company called Jolla.
After Nokia’s decision to ditch the Meego operating system, which was developed in conjunction with Intel, in favor of Windows Phone devices; a number of employees decided that continuing to work with Meego and not Nokia was the way forward. This splinter group later became Jolla, and Sailfish OS is based heavily on the Mer Project, a key component of Meego.
Their eponymously named first and therefore flagship device was unveiled recently at the rather curiously titled “Jolla Loveday” event. It showed us not only the hardware that we can expect to see in stores at some point before the end of the year, but also what looks to be a spruced up version of the software itself with some changes to the user interface and a more polished look than anything seen previously.
The device itself looks a lot like an N9, as you might have expected, and why shouldn’t it? That was a fantastic looking device. It has no physical buttons (on the front at least), which can only mean that navigation will be performed by gestures on the device’s 4.5″ screen. This is no doubt similar to the gesture navigation featured in Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch mobile OS. Internally, the device will feature an as yet unspecified dual core processor, 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot available, an 8 MP rear facing camera, removable battery, and 4G capabilities. It’s also possible to give your device a little personality by making use of a feature which is being referred to as “The Other Half.” These are different coloured attachments for the rear of the device, which not only add a splash of color to the hardware, but will also reportedly affect the software and alter the theme of the UI to match the attachment. Now if you ask me, that’s pretty cool.
Did I mention that it also runs Android apps? Well it does, in addition to the native Sailfish apps that the company is striving to get developers working on. The device will also have an advantage on its competitors by being able to tap into the huge selection of already available Android applications.
Priced at around €399 (just over $500 give or take a few bucks), the device is not exactly a budget option. But once subsidized by networks, it may end up being an appealing option for quite a few people. For those who would consider buying off contract, pre-ordering will get you a €100 rebate. Whether this will turn out to be a serious Android competitor, the best of the rest, or just a total flop remains to be seen. However, this device has certainly grabbed my attention. Let us know what you think in the comments.