Jolla reveals Meego-based Sailfish OS for the first time

Jolla reveals Meego-based Sailfish OS for the first time
Just as expected, at the Slush conference in Finland today, Jolla has introduced its Meego-powered Sailfish OS for the very first time. The new mobile operating system will be open-source, and will be designed for use in various kinds of devices like smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

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


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41 Comments

1. No_Nonsense unregistered

"Not much has been explained about the OS itself" for this there's a demo at 3PM GMT.

6. MeoCao unregistered

Looks nice and polish, much better than BB10 anyway. Hopefully there will be some ground breaking innovation from Jolla.

32. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yup hoping for more diversity than the existing OS and dead BB10....time for some competition to heat things up!

39. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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 unregistered

"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

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

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

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

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.

5. weirdfisher

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Nokia's Plan B

8. MeoCao unregistered

It will be great if Nokia takes this route, Nokia can do much better.

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

That SHOULD'VE been Nokia's plan B. Now they can shove it. Go Jolla!

11. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

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

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

then we have to stop buying Nokia's WP devices in order to make it their plan B ;) :P

20. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

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

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

And it's coming out in 2013.. years after Windows Phone. Years after any other OS. Well that'll be nice.

12. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

nokia is capable of putting this OS in their devices. if they want to. they probably will...

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh I hope this eventually rises up to a serious open source challenge to Android. Go Jolla!

14. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

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

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Looks like android with WP fonts and design language. Very beautiful! Hope it´s not laggy as first versions of android.

17. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

If that android peaking at 0.49 means anything (and it surely isn't there for nothing ), this OS will support android apps

22. No_Nonsense unregistered

It supports all Android apps.

25. rembo65

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Will I be able to put this on my N9??

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Probably.

38. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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.

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