Jolla is looking for testers for its new Android launcher

This week, we saw a truly unexpected release from Nokia, as the former smartphone manufacturer released its own Android launcher, Z Launcher. Not to be outdone, this coming week we will see another Android launcher, this time released by Jolla, an ex-Nokia team.

Jolla was created after Nokia abandoned its efforts on MeeGo, focusing instead on Windows Phone. Jolla created a spiritual successor to MeeGo, Sailfish OS, and also created an accompanying handset

Now, Jolla is looking to bring the Sailfish OS experience to Android users. 'Jolla Launcher' will debut as an alpha build and bring the Sailfish OS experience to Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 owners. The launcher will have the trademark gesture-based interactions and will also include some of the tools that make Sailfish unique. Although the alpha will be a targeted release for those with a Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, the launcher can be installed on other Android handset devices running Android 4.3 or later.

If you’d like to become a part of the alpha, follow these steps and sign up no later than June 27, 2014.

  1. Send an email to jolla-launcher@jolla.com from your Google account
  2. Include the following information: your name, and which device(s) your using
  3. Wait to receive the Google Play installation link and further instructions

Source: Jolla | Image via Jolla 

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Sweet! Thanks for the info. Will be sending the email now! Loved all the videos I've seen so far.

Always wanted to see MeeGo. Great to see it has been developed further!

AsherGZ said,
You mean like Motorola...oh wait.

Uh yeah Motorola would be one, you think their investors complained about being paid out considerably more than their shares were worth? A Lot of people got rich from the Motorola split and acquisition

xankazo said,
Why are all these Nokia/Ex-Nokia developers so into Android launchers?

Regarding Jolla, I'd guess they are just giving Android users a taste of Sailfish.

Their OS can run Android apps too, so if people get familiar with their UI their chances of buying a sailfish phone increase.

Why is Neowin so slow with the news? This is over 2 days old. The limited number of testers needed are probably already claimed by now. This post is useless.

david said,
Why is Neowin so slow with the news? This is over 2 days old. The limited number of testers needed are probably already claimed by now. This post is useless.


dont like it? dont come here.

they cannot report all zero day news, immediately!
especially on the obscure alpha! for android! from a ex nokia team.

cannot keep up with every spin off every where. and now you with your complaining! aint helping.

i liked the news, because they will make it available to all android users!
but if you want to know the day it is available, maybe you should stick around on another sites.

david said,
Why is Neowin so slow with the news? This is over 2 days old. The limited number of testers needed are probably already claimed by now. This post is useless.

Also, as this seems to bother you a bit...you can always make a posting in the appropriate forum and post the article yourself. Or, you could send in a news tip. No site is on top of every news story.