Not that we like the infinite abundance of launchers these days but apparently corporations are creeping up to make a presence in this segment, though.
Previously our own James played with Jolla launcher at MWC this year and, frankly, he ran into some troubles when he tried to force himself to utter – yaw! It feels like Sailfish OS but on Sony Z1. Conspicuously, the launcher was in its early development stage thus experiencing irresponsiveness is kinda forgivable, naturally.
Fast forward to yesterday, Jolla (the company) officially announced the Jolla launcher for devices like Nexus 4 and 5. Again, this launcher is in Alpha stage so it will probably cause some experience discomforts. It is yet to be a bug-free launcher but you guys have the chance to give Jolla some feedbacks so they can eliminate those glitches.
Seemingly though, Jolla wants to crawl on the android phones just to demonstrate parts of Sailfish OS to the users hoping to grab some interests to itself. In some ways that’squite a sneaky mechanism to attract the end user but as long as Google’s services are not scrapped, everything is just fine. Both corporates and consumers are happy and yeah, you just customized that plain Android. Cool stuff.
Jolla is no bigger than a startup. You can neither trade Jolla’s shares nor can hear any financial reports since it is a private company. Consequently, making a launcher which borrows the company’s name is the most available and efficient way to … um, advertise. Also, unlike Microsoft that endlessly pushes its own services with a censored Android on the Nokia X and the likes, Jolla can’t go with this option either. Ya know, Jolla doesn’t offer any services.
That’s not all …
Although the Post-Acquisition-Nokia will not make phones for some years (and maybe never) the Finnish giant’s still sticking with the mobile synergies. Oddly, however, in their minds, launchers sit in this category. Nokia’s first foray to the launchers world is called Z launcher.Yup, you read that right. Nokia is serious about that!
It doesn’t change much of the Android face,however. But what makes this launcher outstanding is that it learns about you over time and will automatically set some of your mostly used apps and contacts in the homescreen. This launcher turned out to be a way to simplify finding your wanted app in the ever expanding folders you’ve created in the app list. Like the Jolla launcher, The Z launcher is in pre-beta stage and it won’t work on your rooted-devices, geeks.
I think the Z launcher must be a research project from Nokia’s Advance Technology wing therefore we can expect launchers, at least, can get even smarter. You’re not the only one, Cortana.
With Nokia’s move, Jolla can touch the importance of Launchers as these apps can make Sailfish influx easier than what they thought.
– We’ll have more coverage on Jolla’s launcher as soon as we can get our hands on it!