Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th May 2013 11:29 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The day has finally come! Jolla has finally announced the launch device for its Sailfish operating system - and by god this is a looker. It's decidedly different from other phones out there, but it has good specifications and carries a relatively reasonably price tag - EUR 399, and it's up for pre-order today, shipping in the fourth quarter of this year.
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RE: Decidedly different?
by AnXa on Mon 20th May 2013 22:12 UTC in reply to "Decidedly different?"
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Biggest few combinations of things in my opinion...

No buttons required to control the UI. SailfishOS is gesture based like the Meego/Harmattan. So far the only phone that has done anything similar is the only Meego/Harmattan in Nokia N9. All the iPhones, Androids, etc. rely on a button or many buttons to control the UI. Sailfish like Meego before it, makes it really seamingless experience.

True multitasking and native C++/Qt applications. If you start a video, swipe it to the background, it continues to playback the content and updates the task icon in task switcher.

The Jolla device's "The Other Half" is kind of a neat exchangable colour cover with some intelligence to it. A cover that can feature colour art of your favourite band in its exterior.

And when you stick it to your device, changes the the theme of your device with the colours and art of the band's latest album, and automatically gives free access to said album from some online music store for streaming or download purposes, or starts downloading the album to your device immediately.

"The Other Half" can be a kind of physical object which is a container for a digital consert ticket for the consert of the artist, or it could contain accesses to digital or physical places (say a secure website url).

Apparently some of the things planned for the future "Other Halfs" include things like additional hardware modifications and such features. Like making the device support additional PA features, larger and stronger flash, or other additional camera stuff.

...At least this is what guys of Jolla explained in their event about "The Other Half" as I understood it.

Edited 2013-05-20 22:14 UTC

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