Jolla provides a video tour of its upcoming Sailfish OS

Jolla provides a video tour of its upcoming Sailfish OS
There is a lot of excitement building for Jolla’s MeeGo based Sailfish operating system. Last month we got to see a promotional video of what Sailfish would have in store for us. Now we get to see things running in real time.

Immediately, you will see elements that are familiar with MeeGo when it made its sole appearance with the Nokia N9. Sailfish builds on MeeGo quite effectively, and from the looks of what we get to see in the video below, there will be a lot of appeal.  The user experience is very gesture centric, and many native apps respond to gesture commands even when those apps are represented as a card on the home screen. Unlike the N9, the screens are accessed vertically, rather than horizontally. The horizontal gestures allow you to exit an app (from left to right) or place it in the background (right to left).

One neat feature is accessing menu options within an app. To do that, instead of pushing a menu button on the screen, simply swipe a gesture downward and the available menu options are presented. Another feature that is reminiscent of what we have seen with BlackBerry 10, is the ability to “peek” at notifications by partially swiping in from the right side of the screen. Then there is a “depth indicator” which gives you a way to quickly see how deep into an application you are.

The apps we see in action are fairly representative of what we will see on the final build of the OS. Of course, we do not get to see much except for part of the contacts app, photos and home screens. It is enough however to get a little more excited about Sailfish’s debut hopefully sometime in the first quarter 2013.

source: Engadget



1. wendygarett unregistered

I almost confused and I thought this is the another bb10 lol :s

2. wendygarett unregistered

Slide to edit and delete the contact? Wtf!!! What if I want to slide to edit but accidentally to delete the contact? Redo the platform please... Otherwise no apps dev love for you...

15. Aeires unregistered

I'm sure there's a confirmation step to avoid problems like that.

17. wendygarett unregistered

One hand user like me will surely accidentally did that :)

35. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Yes u ll. Because u r the dumbest person in phonearena's comments.

21. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

I dunno why you are so confused?? I just loved that UI concept!

3. MeoCao unregistered

So far I'm very disappointed with Jolla. Sailfish is now a proprietary and they still fail to make a case why some1 should support Sailfish. Sailfish offers only some cosmetic differences from Android and short on features. The work at Jolla is painfully slow. Jolla needs help to survive and Nokia can be a perfect match.

12. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

In this war of giants Jolla is really small. And so far I'm glad to see what they have achieved. Though I'm skeptical as well. Only cosmetic changes? You never know what's running behind, man from looking at UI. I love the new concepts. As you might have noticed the demo phone they are using is Nokia N950 (Not too sure) which is running some old TI chip maybe. Still the OS looks pretty fluid to me. There are some hiccups, but far too less. Load android on this and see how bad it'll start to lag. The 'True' multitasking is huge plus. And just mentioning, True multitasking isn't easy on hardware, it can painfully slow the overall performance. If they achieve good performance with true multitasking, they're all good for a break! Their initial phone will run maybe a Snapdragon MSM8960 or pro, to be optimistic. Everything will just get a lot better at end!

14. MeoCao unregistered

I know that Sailfish will target low end market just as WP7 now and that's why it can run on low specs. (I don't think WP8 can run as smooth on low specs as WP7) But then that's disapointing as Sailfish does not offer anything new to the industry.

19. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

These days we all keep crying that we want something 'New'. Everything's already covered up pretty much by present OSes. So what new? They try their best, make some improvements. We still cry that this isn't innovation. This is analogous to inventions done in back centuries and in present. Back then all we need was a coil, a magnet and an iron rod to make an invention. Today that concept is long gone. Huge groups of people invent something complex. Imagine what if patent system existed back then. Imagine if electricity, telephone conversations, even simple pulley system was patented... Sole purpose of saying this is, we need to refresh concept of 'New'.

20. MeoCao unregistered

It's OK to have patents, it's only wrong that people abuse patents. a patent has effect for about 15 years, utility patents : 10 years so pulleys patents must have been expired by now, no worries. Sailfish needs some big innovation to survive, look at how MS has lots of troubles without innovation. Why do you think people should choose Sailfish over other OSes?

36. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Android apps support + better performance on same hardware + modern UI. Much better choice than Android, for both users and manufacturers.

22. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Why do you think that sailfish os is somewhat similar to android?? Any proof from the video?? And, Right, that Jolla needs help to survive in the market but one should remeber that they are still beginners with a small name. They aren't Google or Microsoft. Sailfish OS realle needs some internation coverage and popularity. Actually I was amazed to see the UI smoothness on the developer phone which only had a single core TI processor(that too of some old varient) Good luck Jolla!!

42. MeoCao unregistered

What innovation do you see from Sailfish? b-c Sailfish is new it must have big innovation to stand out and survive.

43. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Thre are few UI elements or features that we haven't seen before on any platform.. To name a few- --> The ambience concept ((Customizing the colour of UI elements (including fonts and menus) to match the content of the picture))... --> Push feature for back / notifications... --> intuitive hand gestures... --> Sailfish OS also supports true multitasking (remeber that android too doesn't support tru multitasking)

44. MeoCao unregistered

I don't think Sailfish can support multitasking and be smooth on low specs (from the video it can not run a single simple task let alone true multitasking). And I don't know why you say Android does not have true multitasking? All new UI elements of Sailfish are little nice at best and cumbersome (requiring change of habits) at worst. Sailfish need some innovation of Android notification center caliber and not those small things are not enough.

46. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

....??? nokia n950 hardware Chipset TI OMAP 3630 CPU 1 GHz Cortex-A8 GPU PowerVR SGX530 did you see lag, stutter, lock ups, freeze, random restart? this is the epitome of low specs... i swear you might be one of the most ill informed or blatantly biased person here

47. MeoCao unregistered

no lags? LMAO The man is very careful and makes a single slow gesture at a time, then he waits and makes another 1. We still can see lags especially when launching apps. And all that is w/o any multitasking partial or not.

48. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

i feel that you are one of those persons that would deny your mother if she says [insert product here] is better than android.... you dont get paid by google... you dont own google stock... every other company besides google crashing and burning would not benefit you in any way shape size or form jeez... just enjoy tech and have fun with life... accept the fact that not everybody shares your undying devotion to android

49. MeoCao unregistered

And you a the rudest pig ever I met.

50. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

hahahahahahaha first time for everything I guess... are you a girl? only girls call people pigs... unless i'm a cop... wait... am i...? nope... too bad

4. tryingHARD

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

more of bb10. nice to see some new OSes. i never used android! and never will! always an iOS user, but i will try these and BB10.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Thats not a BB10!

23. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

And I've never used iOS and never will! Always an Android user(since froyo)


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

BB 10 looks like the N9/N950.....looks like they copied the design!

9. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

its not bb10!!! theres a nokia logo on the top

7. SportDriver

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I like it. It is something new, but i do not know if there will be enaugh apps.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

There will be enough apps, Sailfish will support Android apps :) You can run Android apps on it!

18. SportDriver

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Are you sure about that ? Becuse if this would hava PLAY store ported on it from Android i am ready to buy it.

24. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

But, will Google allow them to use PLAY STORE?? It's against the google's AOSP policy.. (Can you please provide a link to any any article or matter where its stated that JOLLA wwill use android apps??)

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