Jolla has shown off its SailFish smartphone operating system for the first time in a pair of videos.
SailFish is heavily based on Nokia’s MeeGo OS, an open source platform that was abandoned by the Finnish company when it decided to concentrate on creating Windows mobile phones. Jolla, also based in Finland, was started by several ex-Nokia employees, and aims to bring SailFish out at some point in 2013.
The first video is a slick teaser for SailFish showing off a clean interface and app multitasking (there are four apps running on-screen), and interestingly there’s a glimpse of an Android logo in there. The suggestion is that SailFish will run some Android apps (SailFish, like Android, is based on Linux).
The second is a hands-on video that delves into the multitasking a little more, showing several apps running at once on a single screen, and the ability to interact with these apps without going into them directly. For instance, users will be able to play, pause and skip tracks from the music player’s small icon; there’ll be no need to go into the full app to do so.
The video shows the OS running on a Nokia N950, but Jolla has yet to reveal details of SailFish hardware.
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