Jolla Announces A New Smartphone Powered By The Sailfish OS

Posted May 20, 2013

Finland based mobile company Jolla has announced their first smartphone.  We first wrote about Jolla in July 2012 when a group of former Nokia engineers decided to develop MeeGo-based devices.  The first smartphone made by Jolla was developed by Jolla and is based on the Sailfish OS.  The device sports a 4.5-inch screen, a dual-core processor, 16GB of internal memory, and 4G LTE connectivity.  It also has an 8-megapixel camera.  The operating system has a home screen that shows notifications for application updates, calendars, call activity, Facebook photos, and more.

One of the unique features in Jolla’s smartphone device is known as the “Other Half.”  When users switch out the backplate, the device responds.  ?Attach the Other Half and your Jolla becomes alive and unique. Magically, the software changes to match your selected colour and design. Your Ambience. Your Jolla,? said Jolla.

Jolla said that the smartphone will be compliant with Android apps, despite using a different operating system.  Jolla did not indicate how many Android apps will be supported or how they will work.  But likely all of those details will be revealed soon.

The Jolla smartphone will be available in a select group of European countries at a price of $500 first.  Jolla will roll out the device more widely to other countries down-the-line.