05 October 2016
At the MWC 2016 event in Barcelona, The Finnish smartphone maker Jolla has announced its partnership with Indian smartphone maker Intex Technologies and unveiled a new smartphone named Aqua Fish. It is the world's first smartphone to run on licensed Sailfish OS.
Jolla hinted about licensing its open source operating system last month when it announced that it could not meet the target of manufacturing promised number of Jolla Tablets and has now stopped focusing on hardware part. As for the Intex Technologies, the Aqua Fish smartphone is the newest addition to its existing Aqua line of smartphones.
The Aqua Fish is focused towards the Indian market and is a part of Jolla's regional strategy, especially aimed at BRICS countries. While Jolla and Intex have not revealed much information about the smartphone, it seems to be a mid-ranger. It is said to be sporting a 5-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, and 4G LTE connectivity. The phone is expected to be priced at around Rs. 15,000 (about 215 euros) and will be available by the end of April 2016.
Jolla has also introduced a feature called Super Apps which consists of apps known for providing "premium locally relevant content." These apps will be accessible to user by simply swiping from the home screen. At the moment, the Aqua Fish smartphone has Times Internet's Gaana (a music streaming app) and Snadpeal (online shopping app) as the Super Apps.
Additionally, Jolla announced that it has partnered with mi-Fone for bringing Sailfish OS to African markets. The first such smartphone from mi-Fone will land in the African continent in Q2 2016 with apps tailored specifically for the African users.