Several Nokia employees recently (2011) “revolted” dissatisfied with the company’s decision to base its future development on the use of Windows OS and decided to start a new Jolla brand/company! Although Nokia smartphone users widely praise this operating system, one cannot turn a blind eye to financial analyzes and expert reports that say that this Finnish company, a former world leader in innovation and sales of devices, has been “sinking” for a long time (at least when profits in question). On the other hand, companies like Samsung, LG, or Apple make record earnings from quarter to quarter!
These days, the first announced phone model – Jolla, launched by the Sailfish Os system, has been released across Europe. This group of enthusiasts, former Nokia employees, set out to develop their own operating system. Sailfish OS, which is considered to be the evolutionary successor of the MeeGo platform, i.e. shows in which direction the MeeGo system (Nokia N9 and N950 models) would have developed if Nokia had continued to support it. According to the first available information, the first Jolla models were instantly grabbed!
The new beginning of the Jolla device will be “materialized” in the following way: The design of the phone is minimalist and such that it is characterized by the absence of any buttons on the front, while the monochrome of the back (which is interchangeable) is disturbed by the camera lens and the company logo. at the bottom of the case. The brain of the phone is a Qualcomm Dual-Core 1.4GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of memory space that is expandable via a MicroSD slot. The screen is 4.5 ”with a resolution of 960 * 540 pixels and is covered with Gorilla 2 glass.
The rear camera has a standard 8MP resolution with autofocus, while the front one for video calls is 2MP. It is important to note that the phone supports 4G technology and that its starting price is around 400 euros.
The very concept of how the system works differs in many ways from the concept that Nokia has adopted by adopting the Windows Phone platform. Precisely due to the lack of physical and touch buttons, the main feature of the Sailfish system is dragging your fingers across the screen when closing/opening applications, returning to previous menus, accessing additional options, and the like, something like the newer Blackberry 10 phones.
According to the information available so far, Jolla did not naively imagine her new beginning because she combined 2 very important things with her new OS, and there are sources that claim that the phone and the Sailfish system will support Android applications, i.e. the ability to run and install them with Google Play stores. This would give a huge wind in the back of the entire platform as it would eliminate the lack of any new player in this field, and that is – the lack of applications and developer support in the early period of the platform, which was most felt by Microsoft with Windows Phone platform and Blackberry with its latest version of the system.
It must be admitted that reading the story about this company and their products, the phone itself and the operating system seems very interesting and encouraging because from joining the race another player in addition to existing (Android, iOS, WindowsPhone) we as end users can whether we expect even better and more advanced products. Time will tell whether this new beginning of Jolla will bear fruit…