As promised, Jolla, the start-up that promised to bring the brilliant swipe UI of MeeGo Harmattan seen in the Nokia N9 to life has finally given the first glimpse of its new OS that will be known as SailFish. The company, which was founded by ex-Nokia employees, also gave the demo to Finland’s MTV3 on a device that resembled the old Nokia N950, which was one of the early developer centric devices for the Maemo OS that eventually became MeeGo. Also Read - Nokia Clarity, Comfort, Micro, Go Earbuds Series with ANC launched: Price, features
Looking at the demo one definitely gets to see the MeeGo swipe UI hertage come to life, but as many N9 loyalists hoped, it is not a carbon copy of the user interface that Nokia decided to kill of in the favor of Windows Phone. Also Read - Nokia C30 budget phone launched with price under Rs 10,000: Check specs, price
Like MeeGo, one of the biggest features of the SailFish UI is multitasking. Actually, the home screen itself acts like a multitasking menu of sorts and when one is an app the user can just swipe away to land back in the homescreen where it acts like a large interactive widget. When one thinks of it, this is not very different from what BlackBerry is doing with its cascading UI on BB 10. Also Read - Nokia XR20 rugged 5G phone launched: Check specs, price, India launch details
Apart from this, below the interactive widgets, one finds the app drawer, so the user does not have to dive into an entirely new menu. As far as UI customization goes there is an automatic theme generator called ‘Ambience’ that creates a custom look and feel based on a photo, which is automatically analyzed. Notifications can also be accessed easily by swiping upwards.
Jolla claims that Android apps will also be compatible via the Myriad Alien Dalvik software unaltered or with minimal changes. However, we have heard this before when RIM launched the PlayBook and it did not end well, especially when it came to the user experience.
As of now Jolla is partnering with ST-Ericsson for the chipsets and has also inked a deal with Finnish carrier DNA that will carry smartphones running on the new OS on its network. Jolla is targeting a Q2 2013 launch for a Sailfish OS based smartphone. Check out the first teaser video of the Jolla OS below.