UPDATE of the 19/07 : some tweets provides some information and clarification about the developer mode and the SDK.
UPDATE of the 18/07 : a tweet confirm that Jolla will bring an app store
UPDATE of the 16/07 : a second inverview of Jussi Hurmola brought some fresh information.
I will blog a lot about Jolla these time, but first, and because of all the buzz Jolla created, I feel that it is important to have a summary of what was announced officially and what to expect. There will be no leak and no rumours in this article.
About the company
- Jolla was created in 10/2011
- It currently have about 50 employees, and are hiring about 5 people per week and they will be over 100 at the end of the year
- They think that they have to grow. There is no place for a small company in the mobile world.
- They don’t want to compete with Apple, Google or MSNokia, but want to create an alternative
- They secured 10 millions euros for their first products
- They will release one smartphone in 2012, as well as a developer friendly device, that will have a developer friendly mode and a modified version of this device that will be developer friendly.
- All Jolla phones will have a developer mode
About their products
- They are using Jolla OS, an OS that continues on the legacy of Meego
- Jolla OS is based on Mer Core
- On top of Mer, they will use Qt (either 4 or 5) as their graphical toolkit
- They will provide Qt Components
- They will not ship Nokia swipe UI, but will build their own
- They want user to use the UI and not the reverse
- They love multitask, application & data integration, like on the N9
- They will have an app store
About their partnerships
- They have a partnership with D.Phone, the largest Chinese phone retail chain
- Applications seems to be deployed through the Qt SDK
- They love open source
- Jolla is Finnish for a small sailboat (to escape a burning platform)
- They won’t support Nokia N9(50) since it is a Nokia product
- Jolla Facebook
- Interview of Jussi Hurmola
- Second interview of Jussi Hurmola
- Tweet about the app store
- Tweet about the developer mode
- Tweet about the SDK