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jeudi 23 mai 2013

Video of the new Jolla handset

Here is a nice and thorough video of the new Jolla device by Jolla's chief designer Martin Schüle.

There is a nice size comparison between Jolla, the Nokia N9, and an Iphone 4 among other things.

The Sailfish OS gets cooler and smoother, with full Facebook integration and lots of goodies.

Nothing revealed on the Other Half (the removable and hardware-customizable back of the device), though.

Courtesy of KickNetwork.

Happy computing

Nixman

lundi 20 mai 2013

First Jolla device preorders opened

Today, the 20th of May, Jolla unveiled its first, very reasonably-priced (under 400 €, VAT included!) and modular device.

Here are the specs:

- 4.5 '' display

- dual core,

- 4G,

- 16 GB expandable through micro SD,

- 8 MP camera,

- user replaceable battery,

- "the other half" which is an expansion module (maybe with QWERTY keyboad?),

- Saifish gesture-based  OS,

- android (TM) compatibility

You may preorder here and be part of the movement, like me!:

https://join.jolla.com/en

Happy computing

Nixman

jeudi 18 avril 2013

First Jolla Sailfish phone to be announced in May

According to finnish economic journal Taloussanomat Jolla will be announcing their first Sailfish smartphone in May.

It will be possible to preorder the phone startin in the second half of May.

The early birds will receive "some goodies the others won't get", promises Antti Saarnio from Jolla.

So get your credit card ready :-)

Happy computing,

Nixman

mardi 26 février 2013

Sailfish SDK is out!

The day has finally arrived!

The much-awaited Sailfish SDK is out in alpha release at https://sailfishos.org/

Currently available for Linux 32 and 64 bit only, but ports to other popular OS's will follow.

Happy computing

Nixman

dimanche 6 janvier 2013

First well filmed Sailfish OS demo

Hello, everyone,

The buzz around Sailfish and Jolla is growing...

Engadget has released a good quality demo of the sailfish OS here. It's the first well filmed demo (no shaking camera and chittering on the background) that I've been able to spot since the launch at Slush. Over 500 comments, so there is definitely interest in some truly open (OS AND ecosystem, unlike Android) multitasking player in the mobile scene.

And Forbes magazine has mentioned Jola as a major contender in the future of mobile over here.

Can't wait for the release of the first real Jolla handset!

Happy computing till then.

Nixman

dimanche 23 décembre 2012

Jolla Unlike ringtone available for download!

If you were like me and loved the theme tune, "Unlike", the first Jolla videos featured, here are some great news for you:

Jolla has made it available as a ringtone here. Rings nicely on my phone, too, now.

Now, all I hope for till the first Jolla smartphone comes out, is that they make some of their "Unlike the Ordinary" T-shirts available for sale, so that we can help spread the word around!

Happy computing till then,

Nixman

mercredi 19 décembre 2012

Trying out Sailfish Mer SDK

For all of those too impatient to wait for a full Sailfish OS binary SDK release (due for Q1 2013), the Mer project has released a good documentation on how to build your own environment under VirtualBox.

And it's here:

https://wiki.merproject.org/wiki/Platform_SDK_on_VirtualBox

You will need a Linux box and some extra RAM, and you're ready to write some Qt apps for Jolla.

Nixman

mercredi 5 décembre 2012

Jolla's Sailfish SDK available soon, and port on Nokia N9 too!

The guys at Jolla seem to be right on schedule!

This just came in from Jolla's sailfishos.org Q&A page:

When will Sailfish SDK be available?

The version presented at Slush is a technical preview. After presenting it we are applying updates based on the feedback received by the community and we will make the binaries available in early Q1 2013. In the meantime you can follow the steps on the merproject.org page and build most of the SDK yourself.

It will be available for Windows, Linux, and OSX.
Can't wait to test!

Almost simultaneously the MeeGo hackers were announcing the port of Sailfish OS on the Nokia N9 on their facebook account in a very near future.

The road is paved with gold!

Nixman

mardi 27 novembre 2012

DNA is proud to be a forerunner on future Jolla phones

Last week Jolla announced a list of partnerships, including finnish operator DNA.

It seems that the deal is confirmed, and DNA is very proud to be a forerunner.

http://www.netapps.fi/jolladna/

You can subscribe to be the first ones to get info on Jolla phones availability.

Nixman

dimanche 25 novembre 2012

New Sailfish demo videos out from Jolla

A few new Sailfish demos from Jolla are out

First the Sailfish SDK demo from Slush:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZrwYyN-vNVo

Very fast development indeed with this new Qt SDK. Some whiners will of course complain about the lack of an efl SDK...

The second one is in finnish only from Jolla's Senior designer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NtEbOGuxuig

There are some interesting comments from Jaakko Roppola about the philosophy of the Sailfish UI, that I've tried to translate as accurately possible:

"The UI has been built around simplicity and ease of use"

"No need to into the application and back off. You can just slide the application icon on the side to execute commands"

"What are the limits? - Basically the physical size (of the screen), and in some cases there is no need for interaction. For example the People application doesn't have any interaction"

"What about the multitasking and its limits? - There's a human limit. We don't want to make a second page with icons. When you have a certain number of applications open, the least used one will not be visible. It will still be running, but won't be visible on the home screen" (From what I've heard, it should be 9 application maximum on the home screen currently)

"You can close the application like this (by pressing them a few seconds and tapping the cross)"

"Is there a context menu? - Yes, and we can demonstrate our Ambiance application at the same time. You get the context menu for the application by swiping from top to bottom from anywhere on the screen. When I release it, it executes the function it has been asigned"

"There have been many questions about the Ambiance: is it not just some eye candy? No, it was just one of the targets we wanted to show. You have to think much further than adapting the colours of the phone to some picture you just find in the gallery."

"There is one thing we have been quite clear about when we've been discussing the UI between ourselves: we don't want any buttons everywhere on the screen. Rather, the navigation is by gestures only."

"For example, here , I can go digging very far in the hierarchy, and just swipe my way back to top. But I still see the hierarchy and just by one gesture I can go back to my home screen to check whether I have network, how much battery I've got left..."

"What about notifications? - If you're not using the phone, the notification will be on the home screeen, but if you're using an app, the notification for a call for example will pop up ,but it won't be persistent in the application window. It will be directly on the screen, and you won't have to search for an SMS somewhere in another application. Basically, everything must be very close anywhere, but everything must NOT be everywhere."


Here's a shorter demo in english by Jaakko:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c_BqnR_vAM

And a second short demo of multitasking in english:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHn3qp_E3_A&feature=related


And a third one with the quick glance feature:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLKN7QdGzWU&feature=related

The bottom line is: cool user-friendly interface that you can use single-handedly blindfolded. THAT seems to be the idea behind Sailfish OS UI. Ans it's truly open, not like the  Android ecosystem where Google's basically bullying everyone around.

Nixman

jeudi 22 novembre 2012

Jolla's Sailfish OS is out!

Jolla's Sailfish OS was announced yesterday at the nordic Slush startup event.


As the organizers of the event humorously pointed out, Finland in November certainly isn't California, but the startups have never been better. 

Simultaneously, the jolla.com and sailfishos.org websites were finally opened to the public.
Until now, Jolla had been quite secretive about the project, having only a twitter and a facebook account, plus some haphazard interviews with executives like Jussi Hurmola.
Seeing the superb result, a true multitask OS that can be operated single-handedly (no politically incorrect pun at Marc Dillon intended) with just a few swiping gestures, I can understand why these guys were busyier coding and making their product work, rather than putting up communication hype.
You could sense the tension, emotion of the moment, and a bit of a lack of polished PR preparation in the keynote.
That's all right guys, you really rock, far away from usual hype of contentless startups!
Not a single single technical glitch during the presentation, except for the sound guys at slush ;-). The demos just worked fluidly.

Several new partnerships were announced, in addition to the existing chinese D-Phone deal, amongst which:
DNA: A finnish mobile operator,
Myriad: for the Android compatibility layer,
ST-Ericsson: that will ensure OS compatibility with Sony-Ericsson smartphone hardware like the powerful NovaThor system-on-chips.

etc...

The video for the keynote is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdLUJZR078k&feature=plcp

A shorter hands-on preview here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c_BqnR_vAM&feature=plcp&list=PLQgR2jhO_J0y6zifH8KkevJoEYM9LOtkM

And a coverage of the Jolal part of the meeting, plus interview here:
http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/jolla-sailfish/

Basically, my next smartphone will be running Sailfish. Provided Angry Birds Star Wars and Bad Piggies will be available ;-).

Nixman