Jolla finally showed off Sailfish, their new operating system based on the MeeGo platform that Nokia decided to abandon. I was there to see them demo it for the first time, and I even talked to a few of the company's employees. So what do I think? Read on!
Jolla’s CEO steps down, will now focus on developing the Sailfish ecosystem
Nokia had a hit on their hands with the MeeGo powered N9, but Stephen Elop, the company's new CEO, decided that the Finnish handset maker was going to bet the future on Windows Phone instead. So what did the MeeGo team do? They left to start Jolla, a brand spanking new company that will unveil their new operating system, codenamed Sailfish, next month in Helsinki, Finland. The face of the company, Jussi Hurmola, is announcing today that he's decided to step down.
Jolla to demo user interface and release SDK on November 21
In a touch screen world the user interface is essential get it wrong and nothing else matters. A quick look around the smartphone industry will reveal several different approaches to touch based UIs. Windows 8 has it "modern UI", iOS has Cocoa Touch and Android, well, everything including has widgets, themes, skins and customized launchers. Now Jolla, the company that was formed to further develop MeeGo when Nokia jumped off its burning deck into the hands of Microsoft, is getting ready to reveals its UI and software development kit (SDK) at the Slush event in Helsinki, Finland on 21-22 November.
Jolla to license their OS, codenamed ‘Sailfish’, to device makers
Before switching to Windows Phone, Nokia was going to bet the future on a Linux based operating system that was being developed in-house called MeeGo. Anyone who has played with the Nokia N9, this writer included, will have no problem telling you with a straight face that the stupidest thing Stephen Elop did after becoming Nokia's CEO was killing the MeeGo OS.
Jolla Mobile nearly ready to release first MeeGo smartphone
This is a story about Jolla. It may sound like an infamous Linux distribution, but it's not. It's a Helsinki (Nokia ground zero!) based startup and it reminds us a little of Saygus. Jolla wants to use MeeGo, Nokia's orphaned ecosystem and deliver the world an Android-friendly smartphone.