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Jolla shows off MeeGo-based Sailfish OS, announces SDK for app developers

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday November 21, 2012.

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Jolla today unveiled its new Sailfish OS in a video demo, publicly debuting its MeeGo-based open source operating system that is set to debut in 2013. At the Slush start-up event in Helsinki, Jolla debuted Sailfish OS and said the user interface would work for tablets and smart TV's in addition to smartphones. It then announced that app developers can download a software development kit (SDK) to begin building apps that take advantage of the UI across devices. Development may be slow initially, but Jolla has plans to support Android apps in some capacity. Android apps will be compatible on Sailfish OS, though some adjustments may be necessary to ensure they run smoothly and can access all features.

Sailfish UI will launch at an unknown date in 2013. Jolla says that it already has carrier partners interested, but did not confirm which OEM or ODM will be the first partner to manufacturer the first Sailfish handset. The company also announced that the ST-Ericsson NovaThor system on a chip will support Sailfish devices. Jolla notes that works is being done to ensure compatibility with all major chipsets, but ST-Ericsson will be first to market.

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