Domestic manufacturer Intex will soon launch the first Sailfish OS 2.0 smartphone in India. Sailfish OS Version 1 saw several updates while running on Jolla Phone, but this is first time Jolla will release the Version 2.0 with several improvement, on a new smartphone.
For those unfamiliar with Sailfish OS, it is a linux based smartphone OS with extensive gesture features, which allows quick access to all frequently used features using on screen swipe gesture. Jolla, the company behind Sailfish OS, is a finland based startup with ex Nokia employees who are evolving Meego OS, which was earlier being developed by Nokia Intex Alliance but was later abandoned.
We don’t know much about the upcoming Intex smartphone, but rumors hint at 4.7 Inch HD display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage and 2300 mAh battery. Intex plans on launching it in October-november-december quarter of 2015.
Commenting on this association, Mr. Sanjay Kalirona, Head Mobile Business, Intex Technologies said, “We are very excited to be the world’s first licensing partner for Sailfish OS and look forward to utilizing the great user experience of the next generation Sailfish OS 2.0 in our products. Together with the Sailfish India ecosystem partners we believe that we can provide an exciting new choice for smartphone lovers in India and later globally as well. With an open platform like Sailfish OS we have a magnificent opportunity to offer great locally relevant premium content to our customers, all integrated directly into the smartphone’s operating system.”
Mr. Antti Saarnio, Executive Chairman of Jolla comments: “In our BRICS country strategy we have been proceeding fastest in India, which is one the most important markets in the future of mobile. We have seen a lot of interest among Indian mobile device manufacturers, digital media houses, and operators, and they are all very keen to work with an alternative to the currently dominating mobile operating systems. India needs and deserves its own regional mobile ecosystem, an open platform, which supports local Indian services and businesses.”