Finland based Jolla Mobile has officially announced android app compatibility and technical specifications for their first smartphone.
For the uninitiated Jolla is a smartphone project started by a group of ex Nokia employees working on Nokia N9’s Meego OS and who wanted to create a phone experience that is truly open and liberating. The phone will be based on the same Meego based Sailfish OS, but will have support for android apps though a runtime. As such, like the Blackberry 10 OS, the developers can easily port the apps to the OS without much sweating. Though there won’t be a Play Store support, but if enough people get on the bandwagon, a market place can be made quite easily.
Apart from this, the phone will be gesture controlled, that is being touted as easy to use and intuitive. They also promise a unique functionality like the OS’s look and feel changing based on the colour of the backcover being used.
The full hardware specs of the phone are as follows:
- 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 1GB of RAM 16GB of internal storage
- 4.5-inch “Estrade” 960 x 540 display
- 8MP rear camera
- 2MP front camera
- 2,100 mAh battery
The phone is currently priced at $540 for pre order and shipping is expected to begin by the end of this year.