It’s a week past the launch of Jolla’s Sailfish OS and we must say that the ‘coffee was as hot to be served as expected’. There is every reason to cheer for Jolla; from the way their journey started with abandoned MeeGo and how they collaborated with Tech giants across the world, to their first market launch. While some consider it to be a tough competitor for Android and Apple, we are not currently debating on any such topic. But we want to make you sure that if you have Jolla in your mind to be your next purchase, go for it.
1. Open it is! Come in
That’s what Jolla officials ask every developer who wants to contribute to the existing model. What it means is a community based OS that is susceptible to changes by the users of Jolla. Suppose you created a heavy duty truck. But then one of your friends found some faults and improved its load handling capacity. Then, another friend of yours modified it even further with the same capacity and better mileage. That’s how Jolla works. Just anybody can contribute for himself and the world to use. On papers, Android is also an open source code platform but single handedly controlled by Google. That’s where Jolla takes the game.
2. User ‘Friendly’ Interface
What we had seen till now was a horizontally swappable touch screen. But Jolla has introduced horizontal cum vertical swipe touch with Sailfish. This 2-Dimensional navigation is faster, smarter and a new look to the trend. Also, the home screen can be customized depending upon user’s mood with features like Ambiance, Pulley Menu, etc.
4. Collaboration with Tech Giants
Before going to Slush, Jolla had already bagged a 200Million Euro alliance with some partners in Hong Kong, China. They have already cleared their plans to focus largely on the ‘big dynamic market’ in China. Moreover, with the launch of Sailfish at the Slush event, they had another surprise for the fans collaborating with ST-Ericsson for the launch of their devices next year running on Sailfish. So, Jolla has a big support in the market to start their journey and distribute themselves among the hearts of people.
3. Multitasking at its Best
With Sailfish, Jolla has brought in a no. of new multitasking options. What the engineers at Jolla have done is minimize the no. of interactions with the interface and the device will automatically be faster and easier to use. For example, suppose you have a song playing in the media player and you want to stop it to make a call. For that, you need to open the media player first and then stop the song. But with Jolla, you can stop the song from the home screen using the “Live tiles” concept which allows interacting with the apps without opening them actually.
Sailfish has been built to support any specific business models and therefore can be run on almost any hardware, as the company illustrated at the Slush event. It can be modified according to the requirements opposite to Android or iOS which are more rigid and lack any such flexibility.
5. Third Party Services
Though Jolla’s Sailfish is heavily focused on Mobile devices, the Mer core based OS does pack the positives of the abandoned and supports and can be readily used for Netbooks, Tablets, TV, Smartphones and other embedded systems.
7. “Evergreen” App Store
Thanks to the Application Control Layer on the front, Jolla users can march into the Google’s Play Store and download just any app as easily as a loyal user to Android. This is a huge back-up for Jolla as they already have a built-in empire for the stay of their citizens. Also, with a huge outside contribution expected from third party developers, Jolla’s own apps will soon making it to the stores adding to the collection.