For those who have never heard of Jolla before, it is the phoenix that rose out of the ashes of Nokia’s abandoned MeeGo based mobile operating system. A firm formed by ex-Nokia workers with a little help from Nokia itself, with an aim to resurrect the MeeGo based OS. As announced by Jolla earlier, the firm has managed to give the world a preview of what they have been working on. From what the small video demonstrates the new OS looks really stunning. Nothing unexpected their. So, the next thing would be to wait and see how exactly Sailfish mobile OS sails in terms of performance.
Sailfish is of course going to be open source and accordingly, Jolla has brought out the Sailfish Software Development Kit (SDK). This will be provided to anyone and everyone who is interested in developing the new platform. And significantly, Jolla is not restricting Sailfish to the already crowded mobile and tablet environment. The plan is to make Sailfish an universal OS that can be used by television sets, car infotainment systems and other devices. ST-Ericsson has already adopted Sailfish OS to be used by its NovaThor platforms.
“We are pleased to add Sailfish OS to the mobile operating systems supported on our NovaThor ModAp platforms. Supporting Sailfish from its inception shows how flexibly ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor platforms can adapt to different mobile OS’es and we look forward to seeing Sailfish powered devices in the market next year,” said Peter Oaklander, Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing, ST-Ericsson.
“We warmly welcome ST-Ericsson onboard. It is great that this industry leader is partnering with us and Sailfish. ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor platform combined with Sailfish OS will enable vendors to bring highly competitive mobile products to the market. We welcome other players in the mobile industry to join and contribute to this game changing movement. We also target to announce other chipset provider partnerships soon,” said Marc Dillon, CEO of Jolla.
As for the UI previewed in the short video, Sailfish looks like a cross between BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone. A tile based interface and a home screen that allows pinning of apps that are most often used. Jolla is also stressing on multitasking. Check out the UI preview video and leave your opinions about the new OS in the comments section.