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Russia wants to build its own smartphone OS

Russia wants to build its own smartphone OS

Russia doesn't want to depend on technology from Western countries like the US. To reduce its dependence on Western tech, Russia plans to build its own smartphone operating system to replace iOS and Android from Apple and Google. Russian minister of communications Nikolai Nikiforo recently announced plans to replace Apple and Google's operating systems with a new open-source OS based on Sailfish.

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OnePlus One can run Salifish OS, somewhat

OnePlus One can run Salifish OS, somewhat

The OnePlus One has been a remarkable smartphone, availability and issues in India notwithstanding. It has stayed true to its name of a being a flagship killer, at least for 2014's batch. But with 2015's roster already on their way, the smartphone might be showing its age. It doesn't mean, however, that it will no longer be useful. Somewhat like a Nexus, the OnePlus One could be taken to new and quite different heights, as this recent hack proves, showing the smartphone running Sailfish OS instead.

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MWC 2015 round-up; Samsung, HTC lead the way

MWC 2015 round-up; Samsung, HTC lead the way

Though we weren’t expecting a whole lot, Mobile World Congress was actually rather delightful this year. We got exactly what we came for, and even some additional surprises from top OEMs and others. There were some obvious highlights, like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but some other highlights like Jolla’s new tablet. HTC brought out their new smartphone for us to check out, but also slapped a fitness band on our wrist and VR headset on our face. But that wasn’t all! Here are some of our highlights from MWC 2015.

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Turns out, the Jolla Tablet is really onto something

Turns out, the Jolla Tablet is really onto something

Sometimes a few inches is all it takes to make a difference. Back when Jolla first started, a team of former Nokians taking MeeGo and spinning it into their own Sailfish OS, it became a smartphone curio. The simple UI and gesture-based navigation had promise, but compared to an iPhone, Android, or even Windows Phone device, it felt underwhelmingly simple. Now, the Finns are back with not only Sailfish 2.0, but a tablet for it to run on, and it turns out that makes for a great pairing.

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Jolla’s Sailfish OS reaches 2.0, embraces Intel, licensing

Jolla’s Sailfish OS reaches 2.0, embraces Intel, licensing

There comes a time when every child grows up and starts to leave home for his or her own adventures. For Jolla's own Sailfish OS, that time has come. In preparation for the upcoming launch of the successfully crowdfunded Jolla Tablet next quarter, the Finnish startup is announcing the next major version of Sailfish 2.0. While details on what's new for end users are still quite slim, the release is meant more to entice partners, particularly of the hardware kind, to join in on the fun.

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Jolla Tablet goes for a second round with 64 GB in tow

Jolla Tablet goes for a second round with 64 GB in tow

Some say "third time's a charm", but for the folks at Finnish startup Jolla, the second one might already be just as sweet. The Jolla Tablet is returning to Indiegogo again, but not exactly for a complete second crowdfunding campaign. It's more like an extension of the original highly successful one, but this time with another chance to pledge your allegiance if you haven't done so yet, and a chance to upgrade the internal memory from 32 to 64 GB. Of course, for a price.

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Jolla launcher for Android launches… with Angry Birds

Jolla launcher for Android launches… with Angry Birds

There's a new Jolla-based Android launcher in town, and it has Stella to thank. Not the Stella you're thinking of - the Stella Angry Bird from the Rovio-made game series. And before you freak out and say "I will never, ever use an Angry Birds-based anything on my Android", take a look a bit closer at this piece of work. It's surprisingly well done, and might just shock you into controlling your Android smartphone in a whole new way - a whole new way, that is, if you've never used Jolla's Sailfish OS before.

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Jolla tablet to run Sailfish 2.0 OS and quad-core Intel CPU

Jolla tablet to run Sailfish 2.0 OS and quad-core Intel CPU

Jolla has a new tablet in the works that aims to give tablet fans an alternative to iOS and Android units on the market today. The tablet will run Jolla's own Sailfish 2.0 operating system and will pack a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core Intel processor under the hood. That CPU will be matched with 2GB of RAM and internal storage is 32GB. Storage can be expanded with a SD card slot when needed.

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