Jolla reveals Meego-based Sailfish OS for the first time
Not much has been explained about the OS itself, but at least the company has taken the time to put a short video together, highlighting some of the key concepts of the platform. According to Jolla, one of the main virtues of Sailfish will be the seamless multitasking between truly running apps, the ability to interact with mini versions of the apps directly from the homescreen (kind of like widgets), as well as effortless personalization.
The SDK of the new platform is now available and can be found using the appropriate link below. Apparently, Jolla intends to manage Sailfish as an open-source project, hoping to form a community of developers who would participate in the development of the OS.
Jolla has used the occasion to announce that its open to collaboration with many different chipset vendors, with ST Ericsson's NovaThor SoC already supporting Sailfish. This actually comes to suggest that the first Sailfish devices may be designed to hit more affordable price-points. Unfortunately, there's still no information when the first devices using the operating system might hit the market.
You can find some more details in the press release below!
source: Jolla, SDK
Helsinki, Finland - Today at the Slush start-up event Jolla and Sailfish take significant steps forward and bring Sailfish Software Development Kit (SDK) for the community and showcases it effortless and innovative User Interface (UI) for the first time.
Sailfish OS already supports multiple chipset technologies that are being demonstrated today in Slush, and further support is continuously being built for all the major chipsets. Today Jolla is happy to announce that ST-Ericsson is ready to support Sailfish OS in its NovaThor platforms.
"We are pleased to add Sailfish OS to the mobile operating systems supported on our NovaThor ModAp platforms. Supporting Sailfish from its inception shows how flexibly ST-Ericsson's NovaThor platforms can adapt to different mobile OS'es and we look forward to seeing Sailfish powered devices in the market next year," said Peter Oaklander, Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing, ST-Ericsson.
"We warmly welcome ST-Ericsson onboard. It is great that this industry leader is partnering with us and Sailfish. ST-Ericsson's NovaThor platform combined with Sailfish OS will enable vendors to bring highly competitive mobile products to the market. We welcome other players in the mobile industry to join and contribute to this game changing movement. We also target to announce other chipset provider partnerships soon," said Marc Dillon, CEO of Jolla.
Sailfish Alliance is first and foremost a movement that will unite OEM and ODM manufacturers, chipset providers, operators, application developers and retailers. The key target is to bring innovation to a stagnating market and help mobile industry players to stay on the bleeding edge of the mobile OS development.
Sailfish SDK preview introduced to facilitate community work and application development
The Sailfish OS and UI are highly adaptable and will support smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, automotive and other device classes. Sailfish is a real opportunity for developers to participate in and build solutions with existing open source projects such as Qt, Mer Core, and the Linux kernel. The new OS will be built through community involvement and participation.
The Sailfish SDK consists of Mer Core's tools, Qt Creator, Jolla UI components, Sailfish UI framework and Sailfish handset application interfaces. The SDK encourages Sailfish friends to extend the tools to support development for their company's style. The SDK is the right choice for Sailfish Alliance partners for both contributing to the direction of the operating system and developing new and magical products.
The SDK is available and developed at www.sailfishos.org.
The Sailfish user interface, shown for the first time at Slush, has been designed with the most recent consumer needs in mind. With the most modern mobile UI Sailfish provides effortless multitasking.
Users are able to multitask instantly between truly running applications. Even more, users are able to interact with the running applications directly on the home view: ending a call, pausing a song - without needing to enter the application. This multitasking feature brings usability and speed-of-use to a totally new level, unseen in the mobile industry.
The UI features other innovations, the Pulley Menu enabling fast and effortless interaction; at-a-glance peeks at status information; effortless personalization of the device to match the user's style and mood.
For the UI demo, please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/jollaofficial.
1. No_Nonsense posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:07 0 0
"Not much has been explained about the OS itself" for this there's a demo at 3PM GMT.
6. MeoCao (unregistered) posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:28 5 1
Looks nice and polish, much better than BB10 anyway.
Hopefully there will be some ground breaking innovation from Jolla.
32. PhenomFaz posted on 21 Nov 2012, 11:34 0 0
yup hoping for more diversity than the existing OS and dead BB10....time for some competition to heat things up!
39. pikapowerize (banned) posted on 21 Nov 2012, 18:58 1 0
i dont really get why you all people say something horrible to BB10!!!!
i mean, to all company out there, RIM is the only one company that is making big effort to raise their company back! HP, Nokia their CEO is stupid! thats why somehow they deserve to be down coz of their CEO! while RIM, their CEO rocks!! He make he's best effort! he listen to the crackberry nation and thats why RIM and BlackBerry has loads of loyal fans!
but not saying jolla is bad.... since this is the real nokia and the true nokia! so im hoping to see them both!!!
2. No_Nonsense posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:12 0 0
"Unfortunately, there's still no information when the first devices using the operating system might hit the market." 2013, with the device being unveiled in December.
3. superdenz_215 posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:13 12 0
Now this is what we call a new competitor! Android app compatibility blended with the classy, fluid Meego-like UI? This one's a keeper! :)
7. Nathan_ingx posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:32 3 0
There's an Android bot at 0.49...the last frame!!
All in all, it's looking good. Being an open source OS makes it better...
4. jubbing posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:16 1 0
Meego with Android and a bit of Windows Phone is what it seems like it's become. I'd like to see the main demo later today.
8. MeoCao (unregistered) posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:34 8 2
It will be great if Nokia takes this route, Nokia can do much better.
10. darac posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:37 7 0
That SHOULD'VE been Nokia's plan B.
Now they can shove it.
11. darac posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:43 7 0
Actually it should've and could've been their A plan.
It looks far better than Windows phone.. actually even that little glimpse shows the most beautifully designed OS out there IMO
16. jubbing posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:58 0 0
Yea totally man, far better than Windows Phone because it 'looks' better.
Windows Phone is already taking off (as it seems according to sold out stock of the 920 everywhere), this will never become Nokia's Plan anything.
18. asseek posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:10 4 1
then we have to stop buying Nokia's WP devices in order to make it their plan B ;) :P
20. jubbing posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:27 0 3
This is technically based off Android as well, so if anything Android would be their Plan B. Not an unproven, late to the party OS, no matter how pretty it looks.
Let's not forget we have no idea how well it will work. If Nokia drop wp8, Microsoft will drop their funding.. and this OS by itself won't be enough to save them.
21. darac posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:28 0 1
Far better because it is the product that has true passion and knowledge behind it.
Complete opposite to Microsoft's forced half assed corporate philosophy.
It is made by best ex Nokia software engineers who had to leave the company because there were left with nothing to do!
And also far better for the little thing called android app support
24. jubbing posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:37 0 0
And it's coming out in 2013.. years after Windows Phone. Years after any other OS. Well that'll be nice.
12. dexter_jdr posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:03 3 0
nokia is capable of putting this OS in their devices. if they want to. they probably will...
28. -box- posted on 21 Nov 2012, 10:33 1 0
This is likely their plan B. Why else would they have helped Jolla get set up and developed so quickly? It may not be an open endorsement but someone inside Nokia is still giving MeeGo some love.
13. asseek posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:13 2 0
i hope it is, but instead of being a plan B, i wish Nokia didn't dumped this amazing OS in the first place, and made it their plan A
9. darac posted on 21 Nov 2012, 05:35 5 0
Oh I hope this eventually rises up to a serious open source challenge to Android.
14. aokde posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:23 2 0
now that jolla is competing, google will step their game up, and this way us users are most benefited :D go jolla go android :D
15. Ueliton posted on 21 Nov 2012, 06:24 2 0
Looks like android with WP fonts and design language. Very beautiful! Hope it´s not laggy as first versions of android.
17. redmd posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:03 0 0
go where actually? it's not yet here. looks nice though. it looks like an android skin. I wish they were a rebranded "Nokia" running on android. because apps are important.
19. darac posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:22 0 0
If that android peaking at 0.49 means anything (and it surely isn't there for nothing ), this OS will support android apps
23. Bernoulli posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:34 0 1
Finally another alternative to Android! :) lol I wonder what will become of Elop if Jolla sells more phones than nokia
29. -box- posted on 21 Nov 2012, 10:36 1 0
Jolla seems like Nokia's secret weapon that they are unofficially putting a lot of support behind. Why else has it done so well so quickly?
35. Bernoulli posted on 21 Nov 2012, 15:41 0 1
Eh because they got a grant of 260 million € and they are all ex nokia employees who know how to make phones? It's not like these guys are inexperienced, or that they formed the company out of college graduates :P
38. pikapowerize (banned) posted on 21 Nov 2012, 18:54 0 0
hoping....but no! jolla already said that they will not support N9 coz its not their product...but maybe hackers can do that...
remember project nitdroid? the N9 running android?
33. asseek posted on 21 Nov 2012, 14:22 0 0
no, as i read, Jolla will not support the N9, because it is a property of Nokia, so they don't have the right to make any change with the phone, unless i guess they come up with a deal with Nokia, either to buy the phone (if that even possible) or to be able support the N9.
Nokia has always been known with their support to all their phones, so they should let Jolla support the N9, and customers with N9 be able to update the OS to MeeGo Sailfish.
43. shadez10 posted on 25 Nov 2012, 04:30 0 0
yes you can... as stated on twitter you can install it on your N9 from developers... but not directly from jolla
26. allen83 posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:48 4 0
Go jolla! A true spirit of Nokia rises from the ashes! Stephen Elop just get out of Nokia!
34. asseek posted on 21 Nov 2012, 14:32 0 0
yea i wish they kick his a** out of Nokia, since he became the company's CEO, and Nokia is falling down, and he dumped the most OS capable of competing Android (am not bashing Android here), since both are open source OSes, and not limited for both the company, and the customers, Symbian was already going down, because they failed to keep up with the market needs.
27. dan86 posted on 21 Nov 2012, 09:13 0 2
Best thing is that apps compatibility of android apps. Windows mobile OS suffers the shortage of apps.
31. -box- posted on 21 Nov 2012, 10:39 3 0
Windows Mobile hasn't been around for years. Windows PHONE though...
And apps aren't everything. If the device can do a lot out of the box and the stuff you use is available online (as most stuff is), apps aren't that necessary. The only apps I have on my phone are games and a few productivity tools. Everything else is done via bookmarks (and LiveTiles) within IE
36. InspectorGadget80 posted on 21 Nov 2012, 17:54 0 0
The OS looks really really cool. I can't wait to see Jolla come out with their own HARDWARE to show NOKIA HOW TO MAKE A OS without them. Damn the skin looks PRETTY DAMN GOOD. I just hope they come out with a hardware phone by CES 13'. WAY TO GO JOLLA!!
37. pikapowerize (banned) posted on 21 Nov 2012, 18:52 0 0
very blackberry 10... but very good looking... this kind of concept is what people of crackberry nation wanted on BB10, true multitasking that is like a widget.... but wow... im glad that jolla got the idea! but RIM is listening to the crackberry nation so its not impossible if they do the same!
and yeah... i've been out for a while! :)
41. tumchaaditya posted on 22 Nov 2012, 02:11 0 0
What was the Android robot doing in the video?