First Jolla phone to come with a large catalog of apps and a locked kernel

First Jolla phone to come with a large catalog of apps and a locked kernel
Start-up Jolla Mobile's CEO, Jussi Hurmola, has been very talkative these days, revealing juicy details about the company's work, and today is no different, as we've learned that the first Jolla phone will come with a large catalog of applications and a locked kernel.

The locked kernel is something that doesn't surprise us much. After all, Hurmola has already said that Jolla's first handset will be designed with the mass consumer in mind, not the hardcore geek who'd flash ROMs. That kind of strategy seems very reasonable to us, since Jolla's still a small start-up that needs to reach an audience as broad as it can with its products.

Apparently, the CEO has recognized the fact that if a smartphone wants to be successful in today's landscape, it needs to have access to a large catalog of applications. He has announced that the first MeeGo-powered Jolla phone will come with its own app store that should house a large number of applications. Now, where they are going to get all those apps from is beyond us, because we can't imagine that there will be too many devs willing to spend much of their precious time developing for a brand new OS with zero market share. Microsoft is doing quite well, adding new titles to its catalog very quickly, but it's still just over the 100,000 mark, which is far behind what iOS and Android have. And we're talking about Microsoft here.

Of course, we don't really think that a mobile OS needs to have 500k + apps in order to be successful. More importantly, it needs to have the basics covered, which would include the most popular games, apps and services. The hundreds of Angry Birds clones can easily wait.

The first Jolla phone is expected to be announced later this year, although it's not certain if the manufacturer will be able to bring it to market in time for the Holiday season.

source: InternationalBusinessTimes via SlashGear



1. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

" The hundreds of Angry Birds clones can easily wait." Ray S, what do u mean by that, does iOs have angry birds clones or r u trying to talk about Android?

5. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Pretty sure he's just referring to the fact that ios and android both have loads of apps that effectively do the same thing as other apps, neither app store is perfect, and nobosdy has 500,000 apps on their phone..

11. Ray.S

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

That's correct.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Why not just leave the kernel open, and just have a switch called "Toggle advanced access" upon hitting which the user would get a screen telling him that if he\she proceeds - he\she will get full access, but the company is not responsible for any damage done to the phone in this case (this is irreversible of course)? That's what Apple could have done... Would have benefited them a whole whole whole whole lot.

3. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

so does the word "jolla" pronoucned british or spanish?

6. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

hhmm, same thoughts here.. it could be Jolla, Holla or Yolla.. but no matter what, i am excited to see what this OS will bring to the market..

8. tardolus

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Hey! "Jolla" is old finnish word for "light weighted boat" and word for white, sailing headdress. I think they want it to be pronoucned like they wrote it.

4. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I've said in a previous post, if they can have Meego play Android apps without the devs having to rewrite anything then it's like having 500k apps at their disposal.

7. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I am looking foward to seeing these handsets. I hope they make it stateside subsidized by carriers.

9. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

So the price of this handset, will it be reasonable for us carrier-free countries?

10. Shubham412302

Posts: 570; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

it will easily run Ubuntu and jb.....

12. Jeff_Pixelord

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2012

I hope this OS will stand as a tough competitor of Android and IOS. but i dnt think jolla would make it in the 1st time....

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