Newsletters
Business News for Technology Decision-Makers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Business Briefing Mobile Industry News Small Business Business Intelligence More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Mobile Industry News
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Nokia Castoff MeeGo Phone OS Re-Emerges as Jolla
Nokia Castoff MeeGo Phone OS Re-Emerges as Jolla's Sailfish

By Barry Levine
November 21, 2012 11:40AM

Bookmark and Share
Finnish start-up Jolla demonstrated the Sailfish OS running on Nokia's N9 MeeGo smartphone, and said that Sailfish-based products are expected in 2013, including a Jolla-branded smartphone in the first half of the year. ST-Ericsson will make the chipset, and Jolla announced a deal with Finland carrier DNA to carry forthcoming Sailfish products.
 

Related Topics

MeeGo
Nokia
Android
Nokia N9



Is there room in the market for another smartphone platform? Finnish company Jolla thinks so, announcing that it is readying release of a MeeGo-based operating system called Sailfish.

The company was started in 2011 by ex-Nokia employees who intended to continue work on the MeeGo OS, which had been abandoned when Nokia decided to adopt Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. Nokia has released one MeeGo-based phone, the N9.

Tile Icons, Android Apps

On Wednesday, Jolla showed a user interface for Sailfish at the Slush start-up conference in Helsinki, and posted a video on YouTube. The UI employs large icons, not unlike the live-data tiles, a style formerly called Metro, used in Windows Phone 8. The new OS, according to Jolla, features multitasking and allows users to control a file or function without entering the app, such as ending a call or pausing a song.

More important, Sailfish will be able to run Android-based applications, which could solve the chicken-and-egg problem of having access to a large library of apps from Day 1.

Jolla demonstrated the OS running on the N9, and said that Sailfish-based products are expected in 2013, including a Jolla-branded smartphone in the first half of the year. ST-Ericsson will make the chipset, and Jolla announced a deal with Finland carrier DNA to carry the forthcoming Sailfish products.

Jolla also showed a preview of the Sailfish Software Development Kit (SDK), which is based on Qt Creator, a cross-platform development environment also from Nokia. The SDK, now available for download, is designed for use on Mac, Windows and Linux computers.

'Enormous' Challenges

In a crowded market, part of Jolla's strategy is to provide its smartphones and OS to carriers, which can "deeply integrate their services" into the devices, as CEO Marc Dillon told news media.

While Android does that as well, one possible incentive for the carriers is that they could get more revenue from their services using Sailfish devices than from Android devices, whose users usually acquire third-party Android apps. In addition, Jolla could customize Sailfish into different OS's that are more carrier-branded and -specific than Android is.

Current Analysis' Avi Greengart said he didn't think there was room for another, broadly based mobile OS, although he acknowledged the possibility that one could potentially find a niche.

He noted that, even though Sailfish can run Android apps, the idea of having a branded, highly customized OS is already being done with Android itself by Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

"The challenges to establishing a smartphone platform and ecosystem these days are enormous," Greengart said, "as Microsoft and RIM know full well."

MeeGo is a Linux-based, open source software platform, intended for use not only on smartphones, but also netbooks, cars, smart TVs, and tablets. It was announced in 2010 by Nokia and Intel at a joint press conference, as a merger of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo projects.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Mobile Industry News
1.   Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Plans
2.   Asana Revamps Mobile App
3.   FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming
4.   Rhapsody Hits 2 Million Subscribers
5.   T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T Promo


advertisement
FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming
Overcharges are 'the perfect scam'.
Average Rating:
U.S. Firms Fish for Growth Overseas
Tech trendsetters are going abroad.
Average Rating:
Competition Spurs Ultra-Fast Internet
Gigabit broadband push is underway.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
New 'Backoff' Malware Slips Undetected into Retail Systems
'Malicious actors' are using a new variety of malware to access consumer payment data remotely through point-of-sale systems, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.
 
IBM Beefs Up Identity Intelligence Security Solutions
Big Blue is betting big on identity intelligence. IBM just acquired a private firm with security software to govern user access to apps and data across cloud and on-premise environments.
 
USB Security Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack PCs
Hackers can use the firmware that controls USB functions to take control of computers, say security experts. That means there may be a new class of attack for which there are no defenses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
BlackBerry Messenger Now Available on Windows Phone
BlackBerry's free Messenger chatting and voice app is out of beta and widely available for Windows Phone users, the company said. BBM offers secure messaging, Groups, Voice, Channels and more.
 
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Business
Home/Top News | Business Briefing | Mobile Industry News | Small Business | Business Intelligence | Innovation | E-Commerce | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.