As soon as it was announced that Jolla is taking on the MeeGo project ahead under the bridge program of Nokia, there were speculations as well as expectations for the success. And with the company ready to announce their first smartphone device later this year, the progress can be assumed to be in the right direction. Also, for their first device, the Finnish start-up has completed its Linux-based OS, codenamed Sailfish and will be launched this November according to the latest reports.
The new OS will continue as an open source platform unlike Tizen and though Jolla will be the leading developer for the Sailfish ecosystem, yet everyone will be free to individually develop and integrate services and applications freely to the operating system. This will result in a broader and more user friendly ecosystem.
According to Jussi, the driving factor of the OS will be wide support for multiple form factors, including tablets, televisions, smartphones, and will allow partners – OEMs and operators, to shape key parts of the platform rather than simply being confined to applications. According to him, Sailfish will strike a better balance between control and freedom than either Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android has managed.
With Nokia Lumia 920 planned to have a launch in the end of the year and Samsung and iPhone 5 already doing a great business, it seems to be the wrong time for Jolla to debut in the market. But with the start-up already succeeding to build an alliance worth €200million, there must have been something interesting that attracted the investors. So, all we can do is just wait for something ‘real’ to arrive and then comment on the post-results.