Jolla announces SailFish OS 2.0, India's Intex Technologies as first licensee
Jolla today announced that Indian company Intex Technologies will be it's first licensing customer. Earlier in July the Finnish smartphone start-up Jolla announced that it will focus on developing and licensing it's Mobile Operating System, SailFish. In the past the company also developed handsets for it's own OS.
The press release does not contain details about the value or the length of the deal. According to the bulleting Intex will be launching new products in 2015. The handsets will be running the new SailFish OS 2.0 Operating system, also announced today:
The company lists the following as key improvement areas in the next major releas of SailFish OS:
- Improved Android application compatibility
- Improved browser experience
- Smoother transitions throughout the OS
- Overall improved stability and performance
Read more about SailFish OS 2.0 from the company's blog: Next in the pipeline: ‘Sailfish OS 2.0’
This is the first step in the efforts for Jolla to license it's homebrew Operating System, based on the earlier developments of MeeGo / Maemo at Nokia during the 2005-2011. Jolla is targeting the so-called BRICS group of countries with SailFish.
The BRICS group, containing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, are currently in control of the Android Operating System from Google. Some governments, such as in Russia, have expressed interest in alternative to the American company's products.