Finnish startup Jolla formally announced the first smartphone running its open-source Sailfish OS, hoping to spark interest in a the fledgling platform as it seeks to compete with goliaths like Apple, Google, BlackBerry and Microsoft in the growing smartphone market.
Jolla has appointed Tomi Pienimäki as its new CEO as the Finnish startup approaches the commercial launch of its Sailfish mobile operating system.
BARCELONA, Spain--The chief executives from Ubuntu, Firefox and Jolla argued that the wireless industry is desperately in need of additional smartphone choices, and that Apple and Samsung's dominance of the market is in need of breaking.
This year will mark the launch of close to half a dozen new operating systems for smartphones. Which raises one main question: Why?
If Jolla can successfully identify pockets of demand and tightly manage its costs, it may create a sustainable niche. Should it be even moderately successful, Intel and Nokia will look back wistfully at what could have been.
Finnish startup Jolla publicly unveiled its forthcoming Sailfish mobile operating system at the Slush event in Helsinki, releasing the first version of its SDK and announcing deals with carrier DNA and chipset maker ST-Ericsson.
Jolla, the Finnish startup building the open-source Sailfish mobile operating system, is reshuffling its executive team, elevating COO Marc Dillon to CEO.
Jolla is slated to unveil its first smartphone based on Nokia's abandoned MeeGo platform next month, The Wall Street Journal reports. Additional details on the device, including Jolla's manufacturing partner, are unknown.
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Jolla revealed that its forthcoming smartphones based on Nokia's abandoned MeeGo smartphone platform will run applications optimized for Google's Android operating system.