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. Now the people who worked on MeeGo knew what they gave birth to deserved a second chance, so they left Nokia and formed a new company called “Jolla”. Jolla hasn’t really said much, other than that they plan to show something off before the end of the year.
Today Jolla is making several important announcements. First, they managed to secure 200 million Euros worth of funding. They don’t exactly say who funded them however. Here’s the exact quote from their press release:
“The 200M€ ecosystem financing will come in gradually from Jolla and as members join the alliance, which will include chipset vendors, OEM and ODM manufacturers, operators and retailers.”
That “alliance” Jolla is referring to are companies that will license Jolla’s operating system. That’s the second announcement, that Jolla is going to let other companies use their OS. So technically, if Samsung really wanted to, they could dump Google like a bad habit. Third, the OS that Jolla has been working on finally has a codename: Sailfish. It’s not the best name in the world, but whatever, what’s important is that Jolla has told The Wall Street Journal that they’re going to show off Sailfish next month!
How will this impact the Android ecosystem? That’s tough to say. Jolla is pitching Sailfish as the platform that China will use to prove to the world that they can do something other than slap Android on cheap smartphones. If Sailfish proves to be successful, then it could very well put Android in danger in what’s arguably going to be the most important country in the 21st century.