The first on probably the only thing you will notice after taking a look at the Jolla Sailfish OS smartphones imagery is its similarity with the Nokia Lumia series. Be it the funky colors or the understated and classy UI. The similarity can be justified by the fact that this Sailfish OS is devised by ex-employees of Nokia. Jolla is an independent company formed by these former developers, who also developed the cult-favorite Meego operating system. There were a lot of sneak-peaks made for the first look of this OS. Finally, the Jolla Sailfish smartphones are about to step into the India market. While the phones are already available in Europe for $546 (roughly 32,900INR), there is no word about the pricing in India. “Verticality” in the UI
The UI of the phone has been made to look slightly different from what is currently available in the market. The UI is the Jolla Sailfish smartphone, as the developers explain, is all about “verticality”. The home screen of the phone features nine large rectangles which give the illusion of an elongated tic-tac-toe board. These tic-tac-toe rectangles can be filled up with up to nine of the currently open apps thereby letting the user to access any app instantly. Interestingly, a few actions can be performed right through this grid of open apps which makes the OS extremely speedy. The OS will be able to recognize gestures and the user can switch screens via these gestures. The company promises “seamless” transitions. The user can cancel the gestures to switch back to the home screens amidst using any application. Evidently, Jolla has avoided onscreen buttons like those present in an Android UI and has rather gone fore for a gesture based interface.
Gestures, Gestures and More Gestures
Jolla has kept things slightly different from mainstream. While there is always an option of tap-opening the apps, the user can click and drag the rectangles in order to reach a particular task. For instance, in order to create a new message, one just needs to drag the mail app from left or one can drag it from right to refresh the messages. Similarly, the phone app can be dragged from the left to open the dialer or it can be dragged from the right to unveil the contact list.
Swiping down from the top closes a currently running app while swiping down when on home screen, locks the phone. Also, swiping from the left or the right edge within any app reveals the home screen, while the same gesture on the home screen enables the user to change display and ringtone settings. This might sound a little tricky and too much of hand-moving but once you get used to all the gestures, this OS and its UI save a lot of time.
Sailfish OS will feature multitasking, something very similar to what you might have seen in the Blackberry 10. The user will be able to see and access all currently running apps in the form of a grid. The OS is claimed to be compatible with Android apps, all credits to the inbuilt Alien Dalvik layer from Myriad Group which is famous for making Android Apps run on Nokia N9.