We live in a world dominated by Android and iOS. Blackberry is effectively no more, though they’re trying to fight the good fight. So I was surprised and relatively interested when I learned about a new smartphone player called Jolla.
Jolla runs on its own operating system called Sailfish – it’s derived from Nokia’s retired MeeGo platform – and is said to be Android app compliant – this should help with launch apps when the Jolla phone arrives at the end of this year.
Spec wise, we’re looking at a 4.5-inch “HD” display (resolution TBD), a dual-core processor, an 8MP camera, 16GB of on board storage expandable by microSD card slot, and LTE/4G connectivity. The Sailfish OS is gesture controlled, so much like the Blackberry Z10 don’t expect a home button as found on competing devices, such as the iPhone.
Users will be able to choose between a few “chassis” colors, or phone backings on launch, where upon the phone’s OS is said to adapt accordingly. In the future, Jolla plans to release additional chassis options that will go beyond color options, and in fact include different hardware components and possibly serve as a platform for artists to launch albums, though this latter feature seems like a stretch in today’s mostly Spotify/iTunes driven world.
The Jolla phone is expected to cost €399 (US $512.26) and will arrive sometime in Q4 of this year.