Jolla will reveal its MeeGo-based Sailfish OS on November 21
In fact, there have been some interesting developments around that Sailfish OS. It turns out that Jolla has founded a new Sailfish software alliance, the members of which are still undisclosed. However, this way, Jolla has managed to raise about $259 million that will go towards the development of the software. Now, on top of that Sailfish OS, which will include underlying MeeGo code, as well as additional features added by Jolla, the manufacturer will also add its own Jolla UI, which will be present in Jolla's smartphones. This way, customers will get a unique Jolla user experience with its phones.
Interestingly, the latest efforts of the developers have been thrown at "the scalability and user experience based on MeeGo in order to be able to support multiple different device categories," which hints that the company might have plans to use the OS for other devices like tablets.
The new OS and interface will be presented in Finland, at the Slush start-up conference, taking place on November 21-22. Perhaps the even more exciting news is that Jolla will actually unveil its pilot device by the end of this year, along with its release date. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the phone will be ready to go on sale for the Holiday season, but who knows, miracles happen every day.
Here's the full Jolla release:
Peter Vesterbacka, a founder of Slush: “Slush has grown up to be the biggest entrepreneurship event in Northern Europe. It’s great to see hot new startups like Jolla use Slush as the venue for their major announcements. New business creation and innovation is alive and kicking at Slush and in the region”.
Mikko Kuusi, CEO of Startup Sauna: “Jolla is a great example of what happens, when you combine the extreme technical talent found in Finland with the right attitude and ambition level of companies like Rovio.”
In addition, Jolla will be hosting a separate, in-depth session to showcase the user interface, and a press Q&A session. The Jolla user interface will be incorporated into the previously announced Sailfish alliance software. Jolla has been working on the scalability and user experience based on MeeGo in order to be able to support multiple different device categories. This development has now reached a point that Jolla can showcase the user interface, its differentiation from the existing mobile UI’s and its possibilities as part of the Sailfish alliance.
Jussi Hurmola, CEO of Jolla: “I’m thrilled to finally be able to show the user interface we have been working on, and it will be exciting to open the developer story with SDK and applications to the public.”
1. Medel (Posts: 84; Member since: 31 May 2011)
MeeGo and Maemo FTW! and the main OS of Nokia :D
2. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
I wish best luck for the guys working hard at Jolla...
Somewhere I read that Jolla can run Android apps almost good as native apps. It is considered that the OS will also support Tizen apps when it comes out. If this is true then wow! We would be having a truly versatile OS with bright future. And knowing the finns I'm sure they'd maintain good customer relations, while rectifying the mistakes Nokia made in the past.
3. akr91 (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
I think nokia is secretly helping jolla....coz they kow meego is awesome
4. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
I reckon their success will all rest on the desirability of their handsets... (and compatibility with the likes of Android apps, etc.)
If they come up with something original, different and funky, they're in with a chance...
They need to make a very big splash!
Good luck to them, always nice to see people innovate and bring in new ways of interacting with mobiles!
5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
They definitely have Nokia's blessing... May the force be with you...Jolla! :D
6. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Wishing you all the very best, Meego, Maemo and Jolla.....
7. Maddy (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)
MeeGo => you will definitely go for top spot one day...!!!!