Remember MeeGo? The new OS developed by Nokia and Intel was ditched in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone and was almost forgotten by many. Nokia N9 (in picture below) was the only MeeGo running smartphone released in the market. The OS got some good reviews regarding is interface and the way it integrated social networking into itself. In spite of being abandoned by Nokia, some former employees of Nokia continued working on the OS and developed it further.
The group of ex-Nokia employees founded a startup called as Jolla which got some funding from investors. Jolla renamed MeeGo as Sailfish OS and released the first phone running on the OS. The new smartphone, also named as Jolla, is initially released in Finland and will be made available in 130 countries around the world soon.
The specifications list of Jolla look pretty normal. It has a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 960×540 pixels. The phone runs on a Snapdragon dual core processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM. There is a 16 GB of internal memory in the device which can be expanded further with a microSD card. A primary 8 megapixel shooter is mounted on the phone’s rear and a 2 megapixel front facing secondary camera is available for video chatting and calling. Jolla will be powered by a 2,100 mAh (replaceable) battery which can give a talk time of 10 hours and standby time of 500 hours. Jolla solved the problem of app availability by making Sailfish OS compliant with Android. This simply means that all the apps available for Android will also work for Sailfish. Going by Jolla’s official video, the software looks quite different from both Android and iOS.
The price of Jolla is €399 in Europe. With the once unassailable Nokia itself biting the dust and the fate of BlackBerry hanging in thin air, the fortunes of OS like Sailfish will not be clear for some more time. Sailfish will also face competition from the now resurgent Windows Phone, Firefox OS and the upcoming Tizen from Samsung. The spot for a third mobile platform is still vacant. Big question is: Can Sailfish OS take that much coveted seat.