On September 23, 2014 , New Delhi– Jolla Ltd announced that the Jolla Smartphone is now available in India.
Finnish company Jolla Oy (or Jolla Ltd.), headquartered at Helsinki , is a designer or developer of various mobile devices and also their open Sailfish OS and MerCore open source projects has launched a new Smartphone.
Jolla went public on 6 July 2012, announcing its intention to develop new smartphones which utilized a gesture-oriented user interface. The Sailfish OS is a result of Mer and it includes a gesture-based user interface developed using the Qt, QML and HTML5, as did Nokia’s N9.
Jolla announced on 17 September 2013 that their phone will be capable of running most Android applications, though without direct access to the Google Play Store.
At the beginning of November 2013 it was launched but not fully operational as still under construction, so it is in advanced public beta testing, but not the full performance.
The company has entered into a partnership with Indian e-commerce web site Snapdeal to sell the device in India.
Sami Pienimaki, co-founder of Jolla,commented “India is the rising smartphone market of the world and we look forward to welcoming many new Jolla fans across the country”.
Jolla is also being positioned as a button-less phone and instead users gestures to navigate.
Features of Jolla smartphone:
Ample 4.5″ IPS qHD display with resolution of 540×960 pixels.
5-point multi-touch with Gorilla 2™Glass
8 megapixel AF camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera
16GB storage, 1GB RAM, MicroSD slot, uses a Micro-SIM
- Talktime and battery
9 / 10 hours (GSM / 3G approx.)
Sailfish OS compatible with Android™ apps
Height: 131 mm
Width: 68 mm
Thickness: 9.9 mm
Weight: 141 g
Qualcomm Dual Core 1.4GHz
Rs 16,500 ( approx. $269.87 )[updated rate as per 19 October 2014]
- Live multitasking
It is the only smartphone that shows all the running apps on one screen without having it to open or close them. We can trigger multitasking without switching apps.
- Android capability
Sailfish OS has an in-built capability to run android apps on Jolla. That is we can have both Sailfish apps and Android apps on Jolla phone.
- Gesture based
The smart and original Sailfish OS works with natural movements. Through swipes and shortcuts using just one hand, we can easily interact with all the running apps and services at the same time. And we don’t have to look far for the ‘home’ button, as it’s always under the thumb.
Apart from all these features, there are also a few drawbacks:
- Unfamiliar gestures
- Limited number of native apps
- Average performance
- Uncompetitive pricing
- The company will face tough competition from the likes of Chinese smartphone player Xiaomi, which is selling its flagship phone, Xiaomi Mi 3 at Rs 13,999.