Jolla demonstrates MeeGo-based Sailfish OS for the first time (video)

Jolla, the Finnish startup with roots at Nokia, has shown off its MeeGo-based smartphone OS, Sailfish, to the public for the first time today.

At first glance it resembles a mash-up of MeeGo Harmattan and BlackBerry 10, with its big multitasking blocks and slide-from-the-side notification view. There are some innovative design feats, like the ability to swipe down from the top of a photo to align the entire phone’s “ambience” with that photo.

When inside an app, you can swipe it to the home screen, where it will live as a sort of an active tile until you interact with it again; the app drawer can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, much like in Harmattan, and one can easily check notifications by gesturing slightly from the right of the screen.

According to Jolla, it will run most Android applications unaltered, though they will not be native but inside Alien Dalvik, a custom Android runtime. The Finnish startup has partnered with DNA, the third-largest mobile operator in Finland, to offer the company’s yet-unnamed first device.

Check the break for a couple demo videos, and let us know what you think.

Source: The Verge