Jolla sees millions of Sailfish OS powered phones getting sold

Jolla sees millions of Sailfish OS powered phones getting sold
Finnish based Jolla  has started shipping its Jolla phone, powered by the open source Sailfish OS. The latter is based on Nokia's former MeeGo OS used on the Nokia N9. The Jolla phone is priced unlocked for €399 ($540 USD) and includes a 4.5 inch screen, a dual-core processor, 16GB in native storage, a microSD slot, an 8MP camera and exchangeable colored casings that you can change with your mood. Many consider it a reference device to show manufacturers what the OS can do and Jolla has an ambitious plan to offer ports on the back of the phone that will allow users to install accessories like a QWERTY keyboard.

Jolla has raised $258 million to get the project to the point it is at now, and has added Nokia's HERE maps to the software. Sailfish OS includes Yandex's Android app store which currently has 85,000 apps. The OS has been smartly designed to run Android apps. The gesture-based UI has yet to win everyone over. Marc Dillon, Jolla's software chief, says that there are only two "simple gestures," pushing in from the edge of the screen and pushing out from the center of the screen.

The first runs off the assembly line have already been sold out and the first 450 units were delivered to an event on Sunday in Helsinki. Thanks to the gesture controls, the device has no buttons, similar to the MeeGo powered Nokia N9. There were many fans of the Nokia model who felt that the OEM should have stuck with MeeGo instead of dropping it to focus on the Windows Phone powered Lumia line.

But that move gave Jolla the opportunity to start working on Sailfish OS and now that the Jolla phone has launched, next year it will be sold in Europe and Asia. And according to Jolla Chairman and CEO Antti Saarnio, between the Jolla phone and those produced by its partners, he sees millions of Sailfish OS models getting sold.


source: Bloomberg via FierceWireless

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29 Comments

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I think Nokia must use this OS as an alternative for WP. And i really like to try it on my Android device.

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

In a matter of months, Nokia will be done with using OS's..for they won't be making mobile phones any more.

10. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Correct, Nokia is purely exclusive to WP. WP isn't going nowhere, "stagnating" Jolla will be rising quick, due to open source, which is less strict than WP......

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Show us the numbers that prove that WP isn't moving forward, rather standing still, or digressing.. If you can prove that to me today I will convert to Android, and preach that I hate WP till eternity. http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-10-percent-across-europe-struggle-china-us

16. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Talking about sales, iP 5S is now top selling device here in Finland, along with two Samsungs. Apple and Samsung also have highest loyalty ratings. In former homeland of Nokia. But after all Nokia didn't have other chance and if they had changed the OS to Android, they propably would be like Sony (Ericsson).

18. taikucing unregistered

relax dude... you worship MS too much.

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No thanks.

27. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Nokia can continue making mobile phones at 2016, as restrictions ends by then. Nokia already has stated, that they will continue making "consumer devices" sooner or later.

11. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

sailfish os can indeed by used on an android device it just hasn't reach that state yet ! :)

22. Shubham412302

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

nokia n9 ui was great

2. GeekMovement unregistered

It would be awesome if Sailfish gets a lot of the Nokia exclusive apps like on its Lumia devices. I hope it comes to the states soon!

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Show Elop how its done Jolla. And if it should be a 3 horse race, this would be my third horse, not that unfinished os from MS.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

IOS a smart phone with dumbed down features.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I'll stick with a Lumia WP Device...

7. starkiller306

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

well they're only trying to convince rational buyers to buy the phone, not fanboys in love with one or the other os.

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well, of course.

19. taikucing unregistered

nobody cares

28. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

+920!

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Seeing and reality are two different things here.

8. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Just like iOs7....lags and stutters.

12. gsmarena.com unregistered

next to android.....

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This coming from the guy who says that WP lags, and stutters❔... Your opinion has no validity,, ever❕

20. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Well of course it doesn't, because you will sit there forever and watch it oh so elegently animate its eye candy until it is ready.

26. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

seriously dude this article has nothing to do with windows phone stop bring it here and ios 7 has nothing to do with it neither android yes since android will determine the success of sailfish or not !

17. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

am getting one, as my 2nd device for now..

23. taikucing unregistered

Jolla.. hundred times better than WP. Too bad Nokia doesn't use Jolla. Good hardware (Nokia) and bad OS (WP) don't mix

29. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

and then jolla bad hardware good os they complete each other :( !

24. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Good for them!! I hope their hard work pays off. Be interesting t see where they are by the end of 2015-ish. Mobile is a hard, fast moving, what have you updated me to lately-type of world, and the support, improvements, and new devices will be the main challenge for them.. Supply lines are already stretched thin and markets in a lot of areas already saturated. Hard to see Jolla keeping their heads above water, but it would be neat to see it.

25. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

They will definately succeed in Europe. Even 3rd world countries in asia will prefer open source Jolly over closed source devices.

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