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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

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