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Jolla to launch Sailfish OS phones in India

Finnish company Jolla is set to launch its Sailfish OS phones in India via Snapdeal in the near future.

Jolla has decided to enter the Indian market at a time when another Finnish firm Nokia is set to cut down on its popular handsets in India. Few days ago, Microsoft, which has not acquired Nokia, announced that it will soon stop producing Nokia X, Asha and range of feature phones for India.

"Jolla will be available in India very soon" says the company on its Facebook page and on its official website too. In India the handsets will come exclusively via the online store Snapdeal.

Jolla handsets will run Sailfish mobile operating system. Jolla had launched its first handset in May last year. The phone has got a 4.5-inch screen and was powered by a dual-core processor. Other specs include 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G connectivity, 8 megapixel camera and a removable battery.

Jolla said that the new phone will run on the Nokia MeeGo based Sailfish operating system which uses a new cloud source user interface (gesture-oriented user interface) and are capable of running Android apps. It means that the users of this phone will be able to run Android apps on the handsets.

Sami Pienimki, Co-founder and CMO of Jolla says: "India is the rising smartphone market of the world and we look forward to welcoming many new Jolla fans across the country. We are super excited to be partnering with the market leader Snapdeal, who has extensive reach in the booming online commerce market of India. Through this position, we are confident to reach those interested in a true alternative to the mainstream players."

Kunal Bahl, Co-founder and CEO of Snapdeal added: "Jolla with its innovative Sailfish OS introduces an entirely new user experience to consumers. Jolla offers a unique smartphone experience both in terms of hardware and software."