Sep 19th, 2013

Remember when we first talked about Jolla? It’s an ambitious new smartphone project by a group of folks whose passion it was to make an open and liberating experience.

Jolla’s biggest promise was Android compatibility within the phone’s Meego-based Sailfish OS, which would be the ability to run Android apps within a runtime (similar to how Blackberry 10 allows developers to easily port Android apps with very, very little work involved). They also promised unique functionality in “other-half,” which would change the OS’s look and feel based on the color of the smart cover you have attached to it.

Well, Jolla has recently announced that Android compatibility has been achieved. What does this mean? Well, pretty much the same as it meant for Blackberry — developers will be able to get their apps ported over to Sailfish OS with a simple shake of a leg. There won’t be Google Play Store support, of course, but if the device catches on with enough people they might be able to build up a sizable app market in no time.

With that, Jolla also announced the specs they’re looking to shove inside their first smartphone. We’ve been looking for these for a quite a bit, so let’s dive right in:

  • Easy-to-use, gesture-based Sailfish OS
  • Android app compatible
  • “Other-half” expandability with changeable smart covers
  • 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 4.5-inch 960 x 540 display
  • 8MP rear camera; 2MP front camera
  • 2,100 mAh battery

They say their goal is to ship by the end of 2013, though they don’t sound entirely confident that they can reach said goal. Regardless, we’ll definitely be looking to keep our eye on Jolla to see how this phone – and the Sailfish OS as a whole — shapes up. If you aren’t already hip to the Jolla movement and want to learn more, don’t hesitate to hit the big play button on the video embedded above.

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