Jolla OS is a mobile platform for smart phones designed, developed and manufactured by a new start-up company called Jolla OY. The company is the outcome of the works of two ex-Nokia employees, Marc Dillon and Jussi Hurmol and was established under the bridge program of Nokia due to irregularities that came into existence after the derailing of the MeeGo project. The company is planning to launch their first mobile device by the end of 2012.
It was the MeeGo project under development that suddenly Nokia’s CEO changed to Stephen Elop, and simultaneously the slow paced project was pushed to death. Nokia pulled out its hands of the collaboration and Samsung came in as the third partner to develop Tizen. Then the current CEO of the company decided to pull of the proceedings and started a new independent venture known as Jolla. The company decided to carry out the complete work on its own from designing to manufacturing and dealing with the investors. On 2012-08-16, the user interface was reported as ready to go when Jolla’s CEO Jussi Hurmola stated in an interview: “… Our UI is ready now, we haven’t released it yet, we will save it for the product launch and the platform is getting up now so the project looks pretty nice.”
The officials have just revealed the technical specifications of the OS. Here they are:
- A Mer based operating system core governed and managed in open unlike MeeGo and Tizen.
- Offers an in-house user interface designed by Jolla itself unlike the rumors which claimed Jolla to be importing the user interface from MeeGo as used in Nokia N9.
- Support for third party APIs i.e. Qt, EFL and HTML5.
- Designed primarily for vendors rather than end users e.g. including device vendors, hardware adopters and community distributions.
Jolla is reportedly building a MeeGo ecosystem and will be launching an online app store featuring MeeGo as the software backup. Therefore expectations are quite high that 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. Also, when asked about “support of the same QML components, paths, folders etc. than Nokia did for N9, so developers can repackage apps with ease”, Jolla answered that “use of QML including Harmattan components is encouraged”, but “the details of the SDK will be shown later”.
As the OS is ready and expected to go on floors with the launch of their first smart phone device, the user market is not relying completely on the product but has high expectations as a user choice. Also, as the company officials have already stated that their first launch will not be any kind of revolutionary product and concentrated on the consumer market, we can only hope for a good beginning rather than a disappointing end!