Friday 20 June 2014

Jolla launcher for Android starts with public testing

Ready by June, said Jolla at Mobile World Congress

We are proud to tell that we’ve reached a new milestone in the development of bringing the Sailfish OS experience to Android devices. The product will be officially called the ‘Jolla Launcher’, and our invitation based Alpha phase testing will start next week.
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Android 4.3 or higher required

Initially, the Jolla Launcher is designed to give Android device owners the opportunity to try out the smooth Sailfish OS experience in a simple and risk-free way. As a launcher, it is designed to work on top of your Android OS, providing you the effortless gesture-based swipe user interface and highlights of the essential tools that make Sailfish OS stand out from the competition.

How to join the testing?

The Alpha testing phase is targeted mainly for Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 devices. The Jolla Launcher Alpha can also be installed on many other devices running Android 4.3 or later.

We are now calling our community members to sign up for the Alpha testing group. If you’re interested to join, this is what you should do:

Send an email to from your Google account
Include the following information: your name, and which device(s) your using
Wait to receive the Google Play installation link and further instructions
Note that your email address is only used for the purposes of i) registering you to the Community Alpha, ii) keeping you informed of the progress of the testing. We will remove the email address from our database after the end of the Community Alpha.

Please do this no later than June 27, 2014.

Requirements for signing up:

You have a Nexus 4 (or 5) device, or some other device which runs Android 4.3 or later
You have a Google account
You're willing to give feedback and report issues via
Jolla Launcher is planned to go to the next phase after some thorough testing and possible tweaking, after which we will launch it to wider audiences. Stay tuned for further announcements!

Updated: 20 June 2014 at 13:35