The CEO is very busy with the up comings ready to be launched this year, but managed to take out some time of the tight schedule to answer some of the queries about their fresh start-up, Jolla, in an interview with jollatides.com.
The conversation started with a brief introduction to the company and then shifting to high gears. On asking of why the MeeGo platform didn’t succeed and the plans of the company to improve the ecosystem for a better future, the CEO appreciating the OS pointed out the benefits of new user interface, improved crossed-platform compatibility and scalability over different product categories. He also stated that due to lack of user experience, the product failed which would have otherwise been a great start in the market.
Talking about the shift he suffered going from Nokia, a partner with Microsoft (the monopolist) towards a Linux based independent open source development project, he appreciated the fact that Nokia developed MeeGo for N9 but now shares no common road with the Finnish company. However, he still thinks that the company will regain its lost status.
Though Jolla was not invited to the recent Nokia World 2012 event, the company has plans to launch their ecosystem, UI, product, partners etc. in joint events and has their eyes on the big shows like CES and MWC which is the right platform to showcase their big but hidden talent to the world. But first they will have to check the calendar dates to make arrangements accordingly.
In view of the rising competition in the smart phone market and constant pressure from Android and Apple, the CEO stated, “The smartphone market is very competitive, but it’s also changing so fast that we believe we can enter it through the changes. We are small, but it makes us also fast, and we are a new player so we can bring new things to the market.” Also, the company is not jealous of the success of another Linux-based open source OS, Android which is currently the leader in the market share but they have their eyes on where Android goes next. Right now they are providing an independent alternative and are inviting other brands to their Jolla devices.
Closing down the rumors of the patent war between Nokia and Jolla, the CEO stated, “I believe that we are in a very good position with MeeGo itself, and since we are making a new UX and not copying the existing ones, I think we will create our own IPR rather than license the existing.”
Later during the end of the conversation, he marked out that there is a possibility of other devices than smart phone in future including feature phones and tablet PCs, “The MeeGo based ecosystem is ready to support other product categories, and we are working with other companies to utilise MeeGo and Jolla software, but there is nothing to officially announce at the moment.”
The company is working with Joikusoft to do some groundbreaking stuff in the Local Area Network. Let’s see how much cracks we share with the release of the phone.