Jolla Ltd., headquartered in Helsinki, is developing the open Sailfish OS based on MeeGo as well as mobile devices based on Sailfish. In addition to its R&D sites in Helsinki and Tampere, Jolla also has offices in Hong Kong and is establishing R&D operations in mainland China in order to lead the Sailfish alliance development and ecosystem.
Jolla and Sailfish have taken significant steps forward introducing the Sailfish Software Development Kit (SDK) and User Interface (UI). It brings the SDK to the Sailfish community and showcases its effortless and innovative UI for the first time.
Sailfish OS already supports multiple chipset technologies that are being demonstrated today in Slush, and further support is continuously being built for all the major chipsets.
Jolla today announced that ST-Ericsson is ready to support Sailfish OS in its NovaThor platforms.
“We warmly welcome ST-Ericsson onboard. It is great that this industry leader is partnering with us and Sailfish. ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor platform combined with Sailfish OS will enable vendors to bring highly competitive mobile products to the market. We welcome other players in the mobile industry to join and contribute to this game changing movement. We also target to announce other chipset provider partnerships soon,” said Marc Dillon, CEO of Jolla.
The Sailfish OS and UI are highly adaptable and will support smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, automotive and other device classes. Sailfish is a real opportunity for developers to participate in and build solutions with existing open source projects such as Qt, Mer Core, and the Linux kernel. The new OS will be built through community involvement and participation.
The Sailfish SDK consists of Mer Core’s tools, Qt Creator, Jolla UI components, Sailfish UI framework and Sailfish handset application interfaces. The SDK encourages Sailfish friends to extend the tools to support development for their company’s style. The SDK is the right choice for Sailfish Alliance partners whether they are contributing to the direction of the operating system while developing new and magical products.
The SDK is available and developed at www.sailfishos.org.
The Sailfish user interface has been designed with the most recent consumer needs in mind. With the most modern mobile UI Sailfish provides effortless multitasking.
Users are able to multitask instantly between truly running applications. Even more, users are able to interact with the running applications directly on the home view: ending a call, pausing a song – without needing to enter the application. This multitasking feature brings usability and speed-of-use to a totally new level, unseen in the mobile industry.
The UI features other innovations, the Pulley Menu enabling fast and effortless interaction; at-a-glance peeks at status information; effortless personalization of the device to match the user’s style and mood.
For the UI demo, please visit http://www.youtube.com/jollaofficial.