Jolla releases first "The Other Half" smart cover replacements with customized goodness built-in

Jolla releases first
Apart from the inherent appeal of its beautiful, gesture-based Sailfish OS, the Jolla team also marketed the ability of their first smartphone to shed off its rear cover at will and allow you to change the color of your Jolla phone. Dubbed "The Other Half", only a white back cover was available at launch, but this changes today, as Jolla has added an aloe-green and black color options to the mix. Each cover costs €29, or about $39.

Pricey as they might be, these are actually more than looks suggest. Thanks to an embedded NFC chip, the scratch-resistant other halves instantly change the user interface and experience when attached to the device itself. Jolla was actually quite ambitious before the phone was even launched, and talked of the possibility of producing the polycarbonate covers with things like a QWERTY-style physical keyboard built-in, or a giant, additional flash, but these first two models unfortunately do not deliver on that promise. Instead, attaching one of the covers will instantly change up things like your wallpaper and ringtone and system sounds. It may not sound like much, but we have to admit these are still looking very stylish, and we're liking where Jolla is heading for the time being. 

Lastly, the Finnish company has also released a dev kit for "The Other Half", which will hopefully spur creativity among the dedicated Sailfish developer community. This means that these covers can, in the future, apply different settings to the phone once they're attached, but only time show.


source: Jolla [1], [2]

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7 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

In love with the black theme

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Like a Batman.

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Not really a fan of superheroes in general. I just like black themes

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Jolla...love these guys.

4. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

How are Jolla guys doing in the cellphone market? I hope they can make some more phones in the upcoming months!

5. GeekMovement unregistered

Would be nice to see them hitting the states.

6. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

The design definitely looks great.

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