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.
The video for the keynote is here:
A shorter hands-on preview here:
And a coverage of the Jolal part of the meeting, plus interview here:
Basically, my next smartphone will be running Sailfish. Provided Angry Birds Star Wars and Bad Piggies will be available ;-).