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

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

Jolla announced that its mobile operating system, Sailfish OS, has reached v1.0 and will be ready for global distribution soon. This means that, in the coming months, Jolla will follow up on its plans to introduce the OS as free downloadable software for Android devices. Before this happens, though, the Finnish company will release a free Sailfish launcher. It will serve as an appetizer, of sorts, for the full Sailfish experience on Android devices. Last, but not least, Jolla announced newly-stricken partnerships with F-Secure corp, Tieto Corporation, and fellow Finns Rovio.

Sailfish OS global distribution, Android install, and Angry Birds smart-cover coming after March update
Since launching the Jolla Sailfish smartphone last November, the company has released three “significant” software updates and is readying a fourth update for the beginning of March. It will bring Sailfish OS to v1.0 and make the software ready for global distribution. Jolla promises “improved performance, extended landscape support, visual improvements, new camera functionalities, enhancements to the Jolla store, new general settings, and many more.” The Finns boasted that the Sailfish OS update cycle is “extremely fast”, thanks to its open development and open source software contribution model.

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

Angry Birds smart-cover

Angry Birds smart-cover

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

source: Jolla

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posted on 21 Feb 2014, 07:04 16

1. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

I expect a revised review of the Jolla phone.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 07:44 10

2. Diego! (Posts: 677; Member since: 15 Jun 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!

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 13:59 1

10. luis.d (Posts: 354; Member since: 04 Dec 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.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 14:15

11. Väliaikainen (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 08:11 4

3. Väliaikainen (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 08:32 3

6. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 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.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 08:46 1

7. Väliaikainen (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 08:12 3

4. Väliaikainen (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 08:30 6

5. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Nokia hardware + Sailfish, too.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 22:10 1

12. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 173; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)

925 and 1020.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 08:48 2

8. SIGPRO (Posts: 1882; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 10:01

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

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

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