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Cool features of Android rival Sailfish

Multitasking first

Multitasking first

Instead of the home screen filled with widgets and apps that you see in Android and iOS, Sailfish gives you the list of running apps first. The multitasking menu looks much like the one we have seen in BlackBerry 10 OS, with small square windows for each app. Below the list of running apps on the first screen are four apps, Dialler, Messaging, Browser and Camera.

Sailfish OS, a rival to the popular Android and iOS by former Nokia engineers, has entered the mobile operating system arena with the new Jolla phone.

Unlike the two most popular mobile OSs in the world — iOS and Android — Sailfish is based on the now-defunct Nokia MeeGo operating system and is a gesture-based software that does not rely on hardware keys to navigate the device. 

With the first Sailfish smartphone in the market already, here are six cool features of the new OS worth knowing.

 
Multitasking first

Instead of the home screen filled with widgets and apps that you see in Android and iOS, Sailfish gives you the list of running apps first. The multitasking menu looks much like the one we have seen in BlackBerry 10 OS, with small square windows for each app. Below the list of running apps on the first screen are four apps, Dialler, Messaging, Browser and Camera.
 
Gestures in multitasking

The multitasking menu of Sailfish OS is more advanced than the ones seen in rivals. You can not only see the running apps and a screenshot of the last task they were performing but can also execute specific actions without even opening them.

For example, you can pause/start or switch music tracks in the media player from the multitasking menu by swiping to the right or left on

 
Supports Android apps

Swiping up from the multitasking menu gives you the app drawer, similar to the one seen in Android and iOS. You can not only download apps from the Sailfish store, but also any Android app from third-party Google Play apps.
 
Swipe away

Just like iOS 7, Sailfish uses gestures to return to a previous screen. For example, if you open the web browser and check several articles on the same tab, you can go back to the older articles by swiping from left to right.

Accessing notifications in Sailfish is also similar to what we have seen in iOS 7. You just need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Notifications Menu. However, unlike other operating systems, you can return to notifications by just swiping from left to right instead of starting from the home screen again.

To access Options in any menu, you just need to swipe down from the top of the screen. Keep dragging the screen down to scroll between various options in any particular app

 
Customizable hardware

The first Sailfish-powered Jolla comes with removable back covers, much like the ones we have seen in Nokia Lumia handsets. However, the Jolla back covers (officially called The Other Half) are capable of changing the colour scheme, wallpaper, fonts and profiles in the whole smartphone .
 Facebook everywhere
Facebook everywhere

Sailfish has deeply integrated Facebook into services like messaging and photos. So you can open Facebook pictures in the phone’s photo gallery and like them or comment on them without even opening the social networking website’s app. Similarly, you can chat using Facebook Messenger directly from the default SMS app.
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