An article over at PocketLint has been published on why the “BIG 3″ should be worried about Jolla and their forthcoming Sailfish OS 2.0.
In this post, we take a look at some of the points they raise in the article and make further comment.
Open source with Linux smarts
The fact it’s open source is a huge draw. Remember when Android used to be open source? In spite of pretty basic hardware back then people still chose it over Apple’s slick iPhone interface. The same thing could happen again with Sailfish.
Sailfish OS can be modified by anyone any time they like. That means apps could technically be made to change the way the entire phone works rather than just working within a framework.
The open source software means Jolla promises that adding hardware modules is also. So an E Ink case that uses the phone’s software to display notifications can be made quite simply. Or if someone wants to replace a part that’s possible too, making this a prime OS for a modular phone. Watch out Google Project Ara.
Gesture controls and multitasking
Buttons are the past for Sailfish, using a swipe system in favour or clicks.
Multitasking is also a huge pull for the Sailfish OS. Sailfish apps can be changed while running at the same time. So if you want to pause music or a video without leaving the app you’re in that’s an option.
Google is trying to bring in button free phones, but turning a big ship like Android is a slow process. Young, agile Jolla on the other hand has been able to create a button free OS and hardware to boot right from the get-go. As a result it truly works.
The big phrase used by Jolla is “People Powered” owing to the crowd-funding nature of the company. Since the small start-up is able to adapt and change quickly, unlike more established names, it can adapt to suit its users. The result is a community where everyone not only support each other but have a voice to create change where they feels its needed.
PocketLint are a very reputable tech site and it’s super to see they have really captured the essence of what Jolla and Sailfish OS is about in this article. It’s also great to see Jolla getting the recognition they deserve for all their hard work. <3
As the article points out, the community continues to be one of THE key elements in Jolla’s success and I for one am looking forward to getting stuck back into making Sailfish OS an even bigger “people powered” boat that gathers enough wind to go toe-to-toe with the BIG guys!
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