MWC 2015: Jolla announces Sailfish OS 2.0

By Kul Bhushan | Published on 02 Mar 2015
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  • The Sailfish OS 2.0 comes with support for Intel architecture, stronger and personalisation feaures.

MWC 2015: Jolla announces Sailfish OS 2.0

Jolla has announced its next generation OS – Sailfish version 2.0, which comes with a slew of new features and improvements. The Finnish company also announced Sailfish OS is now ready for licencing to OEMs and other partners. It further revealed Jolla working with Intel to support the Intel Atom x3 processor platform on Sailfish OS.

Main elements of the next gen Sailfish OS are :

Even stronger technical OS core and improved Android application compatibility

Support for Intel architecture, including the Intel Atom x3 processor

Best multitasking on the market for both smartphones and tablets

Improved user experience with an enhanced, even richer user interface

Strong privacy and personalization features

Many new UI/UX features, like enhanced notifications and events views, and even simpler swipe access to main functions

‘Sailfish 2.0’ is designed to provide premium visibility in the UI for leading digital content providers and to enable OS level integration for mobile commerce

Jolla has also sought regional internet leaders especially from Russia, India, China and Japan, which the company deems as "large enough markets and have strong interest to build their independent mobile ecosystems"

“The Sailfish OS roadmap has led the way from 2012 to this point: Sailfish OS is now ready for licensing to OEMs and other partners. It is scaling from smartphones to tablets, working on different chipsets and technical platforms, and the next generation user experience is simply hard to beat. Adding the unique software integration capabilities for partners, we feel that Sailfish OS is the perfect platform for OEMs, content owners, m-commerce companies, and others to build differentiated mobile products. We are also very happy to work with Intel in planning for the Intel Atom x3 processor support for Sailfish OS," says Antti Saarnio, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Jolla.

Jolla recently announced closure of a Series B funding round after a successful crowdfunding campaign for an open source tablet running Sailfish OS. After the B round, the company has so far raised 34 million Euro financing.

The Finnish company has also announced ‘Sailfish Secure’, an open and secure mobile phone platform.

The Sailfish Secure project is based on the premise that currently there are no European alternatives for secure mobile communication to Android or other US based operating systems. Jolla hopes this will help deliver an an alternative solution to Android.

Antti Saarnio, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Jolla comments: “It is evident that the world needs a secure, transparent and open mobile solution alternative, which is not controlled by any country or major industry player. Together with leading security expert SSH Communications Security we are aiming to create an open European mobile solution running on Sailfish OS. We are also inviting other industry players to join the initiative.”

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