Jolla might not be a household name in the society at the time but soon you will be comparing the name with the brands like Android, Samsung, Apple and Nokia. Actually, Jolla is an independent Finland based developer of smart phones who runs its own operating system, Jolla OS. The mobile company came into existence recently in the year 2011. It was the result of independent work of two ex-Nokia employees, Marck Dillon and Jussi Hurmol, who were working on the MeeGo project, which was collaboration between Nokia, Intel and Linux foundation. The companies decided to sustain the project for the time being as Nokia abandoned the partnership. Then, Samsung came as the new partner and a new collaboration project called Tizen was approached. The employees were not willing to leave their efforts go in vain and decided to establish a separate company who will cater to the MeeGo project and its requirements. In October, 2011, the company registered its name with Jussi Hurmol as the CEO.
With the headquarters in Ruoholahti, Helsinki, and R&D office in Tampere, the company is currently working under the leadership of Dr. Antii Saarnio as Chairman, Jussi Hurmola as CEO and Marck Dillon as COO. The total working staff consists of around 50 people with the recruitments still going on the Engineer/designer level.
Considering the declarations that Jolla is building a MeeGo ecosystem and that it will be launching an online app store featuring MeeGo as the software backup, it is quite expected that all the applications of the Jolla OS will be MeeGo compatible. Also, to offer a large no. of applications from the start to its users, the company has decided to use Application Compatibility layer that will allow using Android software and brings an entire app ecosystem to the device without any latencies or draining of device resources.
With international private partners and investors coming in for the support, the company has decided to design, develop and sell its smart phones based on Linux system with a new user interface. Also, as the Jolla Operating System is heavily based upon the MeeGo project, it will be containing the OS kernel core of Mer (the MeeGo fork and core OS distro aimed for vendors like Jolla), with Qt, QML and HTML5. The future plans of the company are well established with the fact that they need third party support, applications and ecosystem. That’s why they have decided to launch an online app store featuring MeeGo software as a backup. The company has also signed an agreement with the biggest Chinese retail chain, D. Phone Group to handle all the sales of the company in China’s 150 million smart phone market.