Nicole visited the Jolla booth or hacking area at Mobile World Congress today where she was treated to some very cool looking accessories, chargers, covers and and cases that are happening at the ‘Jolla Labs’ table. It was also a chance to catch up with Jolla’s mobile OS, Sailfish OS, a Linux-based mobile OS developed by Jolla in conjunction with project Mer.
Jolla joins the growing rank of Android, iOS and Windows Phone alternatives being shown at MWC this week that now include Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch and Tizen. Jolla is essentially an independent design house from Finland that specializes in custom mobile devices. The company was founded in 2011 by Marc Dillon and four other ex-Nokia employees who were involved with creating Maemo, a Linux-based mobile OS that eventually became Moblin which was subsequently renamed MeeGo.
Sailfish OS can be considered a direct successor of MeeGo, alongside Tizen a mobile OS now developed by the Linux Foundation, Samsung and Intel. Like several of today’s mobile Oses, Sailfish uses gesture-oriented navigation, where swiping in different directions with your thumb alone can actually get you anywhere within the OS, this means the overall feel is clean and uncluttered. In terms of apps, Sailfish 1.0 is compatible with all Android 4.2 generation apps, so there’s absolutely thousands of compatible apps.
The Jolla Jolla phone featured in the video (above) is a 4.5″ Smartphone running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400. Using Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, the screen an is IPS LCD with a 540 x 960 resolution. It has 1GB of system memory and 16GB internal storage. Sailfish OS 1.0 is planned for release in early March of this year. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.