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Jolla phone launched, it’s first Wayland powerd phone

Finnish developer Jolla has finally launched its first mobile phone at a launch event in Finland. The event was attended by press and some customers who had pre-ordered the phone. Jolla gave away 100 pieces to its pre-order customers and said they’d start shipping the rest of the phone’s pre-orders soon. Jolla has tied up with a major Finnish carrier DNA for its first-ever phone. Jolla Phone was announced by the company in May earlier this year, and was expected to launch sometime during year-end. The phone is priced at EUR 399.

Jolla Phone is powered by a Linux-based open-source operating system, Sailfish, that continues the legacy of MeeGo. During the rise of Android, MeeGo was another upcoming Linux-derived mobile OS jointly developed by Nokia and Intel, formed by the merging of Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo platforms. Unfortunately, only one Nokia phone, the N9, was ever released featuring MeeGo, and the project was later abandoned by Nokia in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS offering. MeeGo was forked by the community as Mer, and Sailfish directly inherits from it.

According to a report, this phone is Jolla’s gateway into the hot mobile market but its long-term plan is to licence its OS to other manufacturers. This sure is an ambitious and uphill task for the nascent company because the market is dominated by Android, another free and open-source operating system for mobile devices. Sailfish would have to offer that extra juice and be quite an attractive offering to woo manufacturers who are already cashing in good through Android. One selling point of Sailfish could be its claimed compatibility with Android apps, as is mentioned on the Jolla website–“Navigate effortlessly with the gesture-based user interface and load the phone with top Android apps.”

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An unboxing video for new Jolla phone is out. We reported Jolla’s initial technical specs a couple months back. Some more details have emerged:

  • 4.5″ IPS qHD (960×540) “Estrade” display
  • Qualcomm 1.4GHz Dual-core processor
  • GSM/3G/4G LTE connection
  • 16 GB of storage memory
  • microSD support
  • 8 MP AF camera
  • 2100mAh user-replaceable battery
  • “The Other Half”
  • Gesture-based Sailfish OS
  • Android applications compliant
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Buttonless display, gesture navigation
  • Device in English language version
  • Qt, QML, HTML5 (see: Sailfish OS architecture)

Anurag is an open-source evangelist, and affiliated with several Linux projects like OpenMandriva, Unity and Granular. He began his Linux journey with SuSE 9.1. He is passionate about sports (football, tennis, cricket) and loves to read books (fiction, sci-fi, classics). He is also an avid gamer, Steam being his latest obsession. He usually blogs on his homepage and twitter profile. Anurag works as a Senior Analyst (software engineering) at Accenture India, and is a regular contributor at Muktware.

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