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Jolla Mobile Set To Launch Its Sailfish OS Today, Signs Deal with Finnish Telco 74

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New submitter zzats writes "The Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Jolla, started by ex-Nokia Meego engineers, is showing it's Linux-based Sailfish OS for the public for the first time today. The first keynote speech aired at 9:15 GMT, with an UI-focused presentation starting later, 15:00 GMT. In addition to using the OS on their own devices, Jolla is planning to license it to third party manufacturers. The company has previously stated their initial focus for creating an ecosystem is in the Chinese market." sfcrazy adds: "Jolla has signed a deal with Finland's 3rd largest mobile operator DNA to market the MeeGo based smartphones in the Finnish market."
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Jolla Mobile Set To Launch Its Sailfish OS Today, Signs Deal with Finnish Telco

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  • by tuppe666 (904118) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @10:46AM (#42054923)

    ...is awesome looking. Having only part bought into Microsoft marketing of a third smartphone OS [no its not an ecosystem]. This is the the first time. I have been sold on an OS on first impressions. I'm not overwhelmed with the swipe-down menu...or self customising...but the lock-screen; Multitasking widgets? both great looking and functional features.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @10:58AM (#42055101)

    And it's closed source... What a great way to alienate 99% of your prospective early adopters.

  • by recoiledsnake (879048) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @12:12PM (#42056087)

    This is the first OS I've seen that has made sense; I could see myself buying. It could be a great product, potentially an even more open OS in the market; Android compatibility; multitasking done right

    Isn't Android compatibility a death sentence for an OS because of Google's blackmail of the Android OEMs?

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/09/google-blocked-acers-rival-phone-to-prevent-android-fragmentation/ [arstechnica.com]

    I am curious which OEM(s) Jolla lined up. It can't be any of Samsung, HTC, Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, LG, Sony, Motorola(cough), Huwaei, Toshiba, Dell, ZTE etc.

    What major OEM is left to make the phones? Nokia? (har har) Apple? (Yeah right.) RIM?

    Any other no-name OEM or even self manufacturing is going to cripple the adoption of Jolla making it stillborn in this competitive market. Other problems are lack of access to Google's Android apps and the Play Store, but they're not insurmountable, maybe they can get Amazon to share it's app store which has a decent collection of apps. So much for Android being open when even MS doesn't (probably cannot due to antitrust) block OEMs from shipping Linux machines with WINE preinstalled.

  • by aaaaaaargh! (1150173) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @01:00PM (#42056867)

    That's just what I was looking for! Now if I want to write a cross-platform application I not only need to develop for OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7 and Windows 8/Metro, GNU/Linux and the mobile OSes iOS, Android, and Windows RT, I also should develop my apps for ChromeOS, FirefoxOS, WebOS, and last but not least "Jolla."

    Let me guess...additionally the makers of these operating systems have no particular reason to ease interoperability and also want me to put my applications on their personal app store, each with different guidelines, fees, etc., right? Hey, that really sounds like a developer's dream! So many job opportunities for making boring and tedious GUI gluecode translations!

    Sorry for the rant, but someone had to say it...

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