After two years of endless working hours, 16 software updates, trying to make everything work together, making 2 differently classed products while working to gather the attention of manufacturers around the world, Jolla is finally ready, as a growing company, to license Sailfish OS out to OEMs and they started their licensing journey from India. Intex Technologies to be exact.
Sailfish OS Powered Devices
Intex Technologies is India’s second largest OEM producing a range of products including various and differently priced Android based smartphones. Today, in Shanghai at MWCS 2015, Jolla and Intex announced their first partnership program that will eventually include a wide spectrum of Sailfish OS powered devices shipping with Sailfish OS 2.0 which is optimized for a wide 4G LTE platform for the best possible connectivity options.
Devices will vary from a wide range of specifications based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family (200-600-800 to be exact) and as you might know, each of those three families have their own branches such as the Snapdragon 210, 610, 808 and finally the 810. At least from my understandings, there will potentially be quite a range of devices from OEMs as Sailfish OS 2.0 is optimized for the Snapdragon platform.
Sailfish OS 2.0
Sailfish OS has always been the spotlight on Jolla’s hard work as they have always said “Jolla is a software company” in which we can understand their current hardware devices are a proof of concept and a show platform/stage for Sailfish OS to shine.
Sailfish OS 2.0 is soon to be released within a few weeks for the current Jolla phone users as a software update over the air. And as usual, people who have opted in for the early access program will get it a tad bit earlier for testing purposes. If you want to sign yourself up for the early access program just click here.
Sailfish OS 2.0 will be available in our next software update through our normal release process. In a few weeks our early access customers will get a first try for it, and then quickly after, every Sailfish OS user will get to experience the new smooth user interface and all other new stuff it has in store. We can’t wait to release it!
(Taken from Jolla’s own blog post here)
With that said, we’re soon to expect the tablet in our hands as well, putting an end to the wait we have been dealing with since forever!
Although I’m as hyped about the OS 2.0 on my phone as I am for the tablet! Can’t wait to receive them both.
As part of Jolla’s BRICS country strategy, Jolla also announced the formation of Sailfish India, a regional mobile ecosystem for India together with leading Internet and online sales companies Times Internet and Snapdeal.
Sailfish India will be an independent Indian operating system that Jolla will work on closely with their new partners for their indian customers to have the best possible user experience in their own region.
At the same time, Jolla announced ‘Sailfish India’, a regional mobile ecosystem initiative with first partners including Intex Technologies; Times Internet, the largest digital network in India; and Snapdeal, India’s largest online marketplace. The aim for Sailfish India is to develop a unique Indian mobile ecosystem, which will lead to greater differentiation in the market with more choices for consumers, higher user satisfaction and better revenues for local businesses. Further Sailfish India partners will be announced later.
Sailfish OS 2.0: award winning new user interface
With the upcoming 16th software update, the Sailfish platform matures to Sailfish OS 2.0. The biggest software update to date introduces a totally new and visually refreshed user interface, which is fast and easy to use, enhancing the flow of the OS dramatically, and making the user interface designed for live multitasking even more effective than before. Sailfish OS 2.0 was first introduced on the Jolla Tablet prototype, which, even in an early phase, won an award for Best Tablet of MWC 2015.
Genuinely can’t wait to try the OS out again after such a long time on my phone! Last time I tried it was months back.
Hope for a better tomorrow in the world of mobile!