Jolla shows Nokia how it's done, launches its first MeeGo phone as soon as next month
The good news is that the company seems to be acting quickly. A new article on the WSJ claims that Jolla is about to launch its very first smartphone (previously said to be a consumer-oriented product) as soon as next month! This is quite an achievement for such a small and young company. However, it's worth noting that the meaning of the word "launch" has kind of changed in recent years, and could now be used in the sense of both an actual release, or simply an announcement, so it could mean either of those. But this still doesn't change the fact that Jolla is moving quite fast. Those who have followed the company's progress probably remember that it already has deals with a number of partners, including China's largest phone retailer.
As far as the MeeGo experience on Jolla's phone goes, we shouldn't expect an interface similar to the one Nokia had in the N9, which is a good thing, we dare say. Jolla is going to have its own user experience, codenamed "Sailfish", but there is no information or images of it yet.
Interestingly, Jolla is also planning to license the Sailfish implementation of MeeGo to other companies including phone manufacturers. The software will reportedly be ready to be licensed sometime in spring of 2013.
We're looking forward to Jolla's announcement next month, and you can count on us to keep you up-to-date with all the details. Let's see if this small, but ambitious company has the potential to disrupt the status quo!
15. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I am actually looking forward to this...its always nice to see up-and-comers trying to get one-up on the big guys. And they always bring a breath of fresh air
FYI Nokia...that's really how its done...LOL
16. -box- (Posts: 3537; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I have a hunch that Nokia is helping Jolla "under the table".
17. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
Or that's Nokia's back-up plan in case WP fails to take off or MS kicks them in their a**. Nokia taking over Jolla/ a merger seems likely in 2013/2014, if Nokia manages to get itself some profit.
23. rishabh876 (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
if Nokia can sell and rent their own headquarter, then even this i possible to save money.
3. darktranquillity (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
Hey jolla, i heard that nokia hq is for sale.
4. Loubielou (Posts: 167; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Just hope this phone is So Succesful that its more demanding than Mr Elops Windows phones as these phones are now being to Over Valued an show to Nokia that Meego an also Symbian can be Succesful,Well done the Old Nokia Employees for keeping faith in Meego,just can"t wait to see what this phone will look like,will it be like the N9 or Not
6. Kostas_13 (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)
I personally believe that these ppl wouldnt have proceeded to such a task (form a company and produce an actual device within 3 months) if they did not see potential to the project.
And, remember, these ppl are software engineers! And not ANY software engineers, but x-Nokia employees (which means qualified and CAPABLE software engineers).
I will be expecting something extremely refined by next month! Fingers crossed!
8. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
Is it me or that guy looks like the maniac joker guy who shoot people outside the cinema?
13. Mittal (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
mayb he has just seen Elop pointing a gun at him!
18. Veigald (Posts: 222; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
"shows Nokia how it's done"... well, it's great that Jolla is able to get a phone out fast (if they indeed do so), but the author should remember that it's slightly easier to launch at your own pace when you control the full stack. Apple does that, Jolla does that, so they can launch whenever they are ready to do so.
The following WP8 phone launches should however be less painful, as the OS at that point already exists, so it's just a matter of building the handsets and launching it through existing carrier relationships.
19. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Yeah, the "anti-Nokia/Microsoft" Force is strong within some writers at Phone Arena....
I am all in on a Nokia WP8, but I am cheering for Jolla to take off. Would love to see a small company become successful, especially in such a huge, competitive ocean as mobile. MeeGo has a good following, a good start.
24. Bernoulli (Posts: 1335; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Omg!! Can't wait to see what comes up!!! Especially if it's true that jolla is going to legally let users get Android apps :)
26. downphoenix (Posts: 2134; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
This stands a better chance than WP8 so far, and we dont even know what it looks like, LOL.
28. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
dont talk stupid, wp8 stands a better chance as it has HTC samsung and Nokia bringing devices out
but i hope this succeeds too and not become a niche device only few know of
33. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
im really looking forward for MeeGo goodness!!! i just love the N9!!! that device is the most elegant phone ever made by nokia!
lumia are just the shadows coz N9 own the body!