Jolla, the Finnish developer of an Android alternative, has signed Intex Technologies as the first licensee for its Sailfish OS. Intex also plans to announce Sailfish-based products later in this year. The two companies are also working on building an ecosystem for Indian users, including by integrating Snapdeal, a top Indian online marketplace, and Times Internet, a content portal, in a prominent location in the user interface of the operating system.
Intex is the second largest Indian smartphone vendor after Micromax, according to data from IDC for the fourth quarter of 2014.
The aim for Sailfish India is to develop a unique Indian mobile ecosystem, which will lead to greater differentiation in the market with more choices for consumers, higher user satisfaction and better revenues for local businesses. Further Sailfish India partners will be announced later, Jolla said.
Indians are obsessed with devices and gadgets. An alternative OS not just for Android but for iOs too, it’ll result in more tempting options and more interesting devices. India deserves its own regional mobile ecosystem, an open platform, which supports local Indian services and businesses.
Are you bored of Android? Excited for a new operating system?