Jolla First Sailfish OS Smartphone Unveiled with Android Apps Compatibility, Coming End of 2013

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Jolla has recently unveiled its first smartphone, which will go on sale this year for €399 (Rs. 28270.74). The Finland based mobile startup Jolla's first smartphone runs on the Sailfish OS which has been developed in-house by the company.

The phone is expected to run on the company's MeeGo-derived Sailfish OS, it features a 4.5-inch display, a dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, LTE (in selected markets), removable back covers. The device has the internal storage capacity of 16GB which is expandable via microSD card. Reportedly it was said that by Jolla that the handset would be "compliant" with Android apps, although it's not sure how many apps will be supported, nor is it clear where users will download the apps from. Although report say that it's yet not clear at this stage whether it will directly support them or require developers to port them similar to how they work with BlackBerry 10. The phone will also feature 4G LTE connectivity.

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The phone as said befor runs the gesture-based Sailfish OS which is based on MeeGo which had earned acclaim when it launched on Nokia's N9 smartphone. However, Nokia abandoned MeeGo and chose Windows Phone as the future OS platform for its smartphones, following which a group of employees of Nokia's MeeGo unit left the company to start Jolla and work on their own smartphone.

Jolla targets to ship the smartphone by end of 2013 and has introduced a Kickstarter-like 'Movement' in which people can participate by pre-ordering the phone.

It was said that the company had not announced the name for the phone but reportedly, they were using the term "The Other Half," derived from the phone's removable back. The backside of the phone comes in different colors and one can change the cover and give the phone a different look.

Reportedly it was said that the number of countries where the phone would be shipped would be disclosed later. Reports suggested that the launch was limited to only few European countries, but Jolla added saying that it would expand its availability in the future. There's no firm word on a release date just yet, but the company says that it'll ship the smartphone by the end of this year.

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