Sailfish OS global distribution, Android install, and Angry Birds smart-cover coming after March update

Jolla announced that its mobileoperating system, Sailfish OS, has reached v1.0 and will be ready forglobal distribution soon. This means that, in the coming months,Jolla will follow up on its plans to introduce the OS as freedownloadable software for Android devices. Before this happens, though, theFinnish company will release a free Sailfish launcher. It will serveas an appetizer, of sorts, for the full Sailfish experience onAndroid devices. Last, but not least, Jolla announced newly-strickenpartnerships with F-Secure corp, Tieto Corporation, and fellow FinnsRovio.

Since launching the Jolla Sailfishsmartphone last November, the company has released three“significant” software updates and is readying a fourth updatefor the beginning of March. It will bring Sailfish OS to v1.0 andmake the software ready for global distribution. Jolla promises“improved performance, extended landscape support, visualimprovements, new camera functionalities, enhancements to the Jollastore, new general settings, and many more.” The Finns boasted thatthe Sailfish OS update cycle is “extremely fast”, thanks to itsopen development and open source software contribution model.

Jolla sees a “huge volumeopportunity” in bringing over Android users. The company'schairman, Antti Saarnio, points out that nearly 100 million users inChina alone installed a new OS (or ROM) on their devices last year.As Sailfish OS is compatible with commonly available Android hardwareplatforms and apps, it also caters to users that seek a newexperience or to re-discover an older Android device.

As for the new partnerships, the dealwith F-Secure will bring free, secure cloud storage to all Jollacustomers. The service will be intergrated with the operating system.With Tieto Corporation, Jolla will offer integration services to OEMsand ODMs willing to use Sailfish OS in their products. And withRovio, Jolla has cooked up an Angry Birds smart-cover. According toRovio’s CMO, Peter Vesterbacka, this is a ”new, fun way todelight the fans and to expand the Angry Birds experience in aninnovative way.” The cover will be available in the first half ofthis year.

source: Jolla

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1. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I expect a revised review of the Jolla phone.

2. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I agree. It was one of the most unprofessional reviews by this site. They complaint about EVERYTHING from the very beginning of the review. It was really biased. They must start fresh with it and upload a new review ASAP!

10. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

In my opinion as both an employee and a reader of PA, Nick's harshness was justified. 2 out of 10 seems outrageous, but this is a $685 (399 EUR) phone we're talking about. Pricing is critical to how we evaluate devices. Sailfish is priced as a high-tier smartphone, and is expected to perform accordingly. Which it does not, sadly. Jolla is essentially charging full price for a work-in-progress product, as evident by the frequent updates. We cannot recommend a flawed phone only because the company behind it has innovative ideas and community support, which gives it potential. Speaking of which, I'm optimistic about Jolla. It is ran by smart people and I believe it will redeem itself with a more polished offering.

11. Väliaikainen unregistered

In Finland 399 euros is a mid range device price. Everything here is more expensive.

3. Väliaikainen unregistered

I got banned because of thar review.... (ArtSim98) Welll I kinda agree my comments were a "bit" harsh lol.

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I thought you're only limited, not banned. Limited - Just ban you for a week from voting and commenting, no need to open a new account. Banned - You're banned, you need to open a new account.

7. Väliaikainen unregistered

Yeah I'm limited not banned :) Sould be back to normal on Sunday

4. Väliaikainen unregistered

Sony Xperia + Sailfish OS would be the most beautiful combination in the mobile world!

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Nokia hardware + Sailfish, too.

12. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

925 and 1020.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Jolla should release a Highend Phone, because SailFish is a great OS!

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

If they release the launcher, will we get the multitasking cards feature as well?

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