Its Saturday which means it is time to read something related to Jolla and Sailfish OS. For our Weekend Read, we are going to feature this post from New York Times.
“I almost threw up when I heard the news,” said Mr. Dillon, an American engineer living in Finland, who was laid off after the company’s strategy shift. “Nokia did a lot of great things for a long time. We didn’t want to see this part of the story end.”
2011, who wouldn’t remember this year it was the time when Nokia announced that the Nokia N9 will be the first and last Smartphone running MeeGo in favor of Windows Phone. Nokia’s strategy is to create the third ecosystem and they are successful. To be honest I cried when I read the news.
The ambitions for Jolla — Finnish for dinghy — are twofold
“Everyone is looking for alternatives because few manufacturers are making money from Android,” said Stefano Mosconi, Jolla’s Italian co-founder and chief technology officer, at the company’s offices in central Helsinki, which previously housed a Nokia research lab. “We know we can’t ship 200 million handsets overnight. But phone makers need something new, and we can offer that.”
Why Sailfish OS can run Android Apps?
“If we didn’t have access to Android, no one would have bought our device,” said Mr. Mosconi of Jolla. “We can show people they can use the same apps available on other phones.”
Jolla sold less than 100,00 Jolla Phones
“While the cellphone start-up has sold fewer than 100,000 handsets worldwide since the model was released late last year, many in Helsinki’s technology community say Jolla’s operating system and device, which retails for around $550, show that Finland’s telecommunications industry can still compete on a global stage”
“A lot of people want them to succeed,” said Pekka Koponen, a former Nokia executive who now runs a technology advisory firm in Helsinki. “I want to believe there’s still innovation left in Finland.”