Intex is planning to launch its first Sailfish OS 2.0 based smartphone in the last quarter of this year.
Domestic smartphone manufacturer Intex Technologies said on Thursday it will soon launch, exclusively on the e-commerce platform Snapdeal, phones that will run on the new Sailfish operating system 2.0 that is now used by Finland’s Jolla.
Although the name as well as detailed specs aren’t yet out, what is known is that the device is powered by a Snapdragon 600 SoC and supports 4G/ LTE.
Jolla which was founded in 2011 by ex-Nokia employees is the developer of Sailfish.
The Intex Aqua Fish Sailfish OS 2.0-based smartphone expected to be priced under Rs.10,000 on launch will come with a 4.7-inch HD display with a 720p resolution. Sailfish, which is based on Google’s mobile operating system, supports Android apps.
While Jolla Ltd is exclusively focused on software, the company is intending to create another business to carry on building hardware – with more details on that due by the end of the summer.
“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 see a lot of interest among Indian device vendors, digital media houses, and mobile operators, and they all are very keen to work with an alternative to the now dominating mobile operating systems.
“We are very excited to be the world’s first licensing partner for Sailfish OS”. Intex Technologies today joined hands with Jolla and thus became the first licensing partner for the operating system (OS).
Jolla is also focusing on a regional mobile ecosystem called Sailfish India with Intex and other partners (which are yet to be revealed).
The existing partners Times Internet and Snapdeal have already agreed to provide their content in Sailfish 2.0 which will also be a source of revenue for them. Sailfish is an independent OS based on MeeGo platform, developed by Nokia and Intel. “Further, Sailfish India partners will be announced later”. Intex is the second largest mobile manufacturer after Micromax in India.
“We believe that the way Sailfish OS is enabling services to be more prominently present in the user interface of the operating system offers both consumers and content owners great new advantages Especially when our services like Gaana.com and crizbuzz.com will be a part of their partner zone, a premium location in the OS”.