Jolla separates its software (Sailfish OS) and hardware businesses; Jolla Tablet could start shipping this month

Jolla separates its software (Sailfish OS) and hardware businesses; Jolla Tablet could start shipping this month
Finnish company Jolla today announced that it's splitting its software and hardware businesses. More exactly, Jolla Ltd. will concentrate only on developing and licensing Sailfish OS, while "after the summer" a brand new company will be established to take care of making and selling devices - including the Jolla Smartphone, the Jolla Tablet, and all future Jolla-branded hardware products.

Founded in 2011 by ex-Nokia employees, Jolla is now seeing "huge opportunities in the Sailfish OS licensing business" - which probably means that various other companies will soon launch devices running Sailfish. As you may know, Sailfish OS is based on MeeGo (a now extinct software platform developed by the Linux Foundation using source code from Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin).

The only Sailfish OS device that hit the market until now is the Jolla Smartphone. But the second one, the Jolla Tablet, is coming soon. Jolla raised $2.5 million via an Indiegogo campaign to launch the tablet around the world. Initially, the slate was supposed to be shipped starting June, but Jolla had to "switch to a new display" (a 7.9-inch panel with 1536 x 2048 pixels), and now the tablet is expected to start shipping in late July, or in August.


sources: Jolla, Press release (PDF) via PhoneScoop

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5 Comments

1. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Can't wait ! Just gotta love swipe based buttonless ui. That's the future imo.

2. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

i hope that when nokia return,it chooses jolla instead of android if at all it has to ditch wp

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

What's special about this Sailfish OS? The hardware depicted in the article looks like a joke compared to what's on the market (eg the Surface 3), but I'm curious what's special about the OS over Android/iOS...

5. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Check out their YouTube channel. They showcase a lot of the features there

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Wish them luck.

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