Liked the Jolla smartphone's UI, but not the phone? Don't worry, you can skin your Android easily with the Jolla launcher

Liked the Jolla smartphone's UI, but not the phone? Don't worry, you can skin your Android easily with the Jolla launcher
In a way, we quite liked what Jolla -- a team made-up of a number of ex MeeGo developers -- had in store with its first smartphone. The Jolla was different and quite unique. Unfortunately, the device consistently failed to make it through our review hurdles, ending up with one of the lowest scores we've ever given to a phone.

But that doesn't mean everything about the Jolla smartphone was bad. The interface, for example, was interesting, if not quite intuitive for first-time users. Obviously, this means that you'll either end up loving or hating it, but that's actually okay. The good news is, if you belong in the first group and have an Android device, you can side-load the Jolla Launcher apk easily and get to experience the gesture-based UI in as complete a form as can be reasonably expected on devices other than the Jolla smartphone itself.

The launcher requires Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and above, and we've tested it on several devices to ensure that it works normally. There are still some small kinks to be worked out, but overall, we were happy to see that the port was a well-executed one.



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  • Battery 2100 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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20 Comments

1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

that's the freakin' reason, why I'd love to switch to Android.

9. clirim

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

when you will realize that the launcher drains your battery faster you will not regret uninstalling it :)

17. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Android devices on average have better battery life anyway, so at least he's coming out ahead.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Is this based on actual use....or trolling..... Just curious because if it is on actual use settings in the app could make things better. Or an update away from better battery life. And sometimes it just does eat more battery.

20. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I mean I'm sure every reviewer is in the conspiracy of just saying that wp has for the most part subpar battery life.

13. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I'd like to switch to Jolla if they make better hardware.

15. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Considering they're mostly some ex-Nokia guys, I'd figure it's only a matter of time...

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

but how do you remove it -_-

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

nevermind...

16. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

uninstall it from the apps section in the settings...you can also (if you have android 4.4.x)go to settings, select "home", then you will get a list of the installed launchers and each one of them will have a trashcan icon on the right side, you can use them to uninstall the launchers that you don't like...if you have an app like es file explorer you can also delete the junk files(if any) that are left after uninstalling.

3. dirtyjersey856

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

#der_damo make the jump to Android...you won't be disappointed. Just get a good Android not a base model and you'll be happy. Grab a Nexus 5 for under 400. Sent via my rooted Note 3 running HyperDrive R.5 & Lean Kernel(at the moment! )

5. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

"In a way, we quite liked what Jolla -- a team made-up of a number of ex MeeGo developers -- had in store with its first smartphone." Lol. WTF!! ..but you gave it like a 2 out 10!!??

6. butteredjelly

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This is one thing that will always make me pick Android over everything else. No Android phone will ever be the same. With changing your lock screen, keyboard, launcher, icons, even ADDING functionality. And that's all built in. It's why Android is on top and always will be in my opinion.

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I see the screenshots come from a device running MIUI (the icons were the giveaway)

8. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Tried it, and it wasn't bad. Back to Nova! (Only because I'm a creature of habit, and as much as I like a different launcher or theme, I always come back to the same layout I've had since my G1...) Heads up though, Lookout will report the sideloaded APK as malware. I had to fight around that to get the app installed.

10. willywanta

Posts: 498; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

tried it. Sorry, i didn't like it. Not very intuitive

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Tried it, hated it, killed it.

12. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

The Jolla review was just ridiculous thing from PA. It is perfectly usable phone with a nifty UI.

14. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

True, PPI and camera were actually the worst things about it, and software annoyances are fixable, if they haven't been already fixed.

18. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

What did you expect from PA? You can't let a writer whose a android fanboy write a review of a new phone like jolla. Plus most of these guys hate nokia and MS so it could be that these are all ex Nokia people

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