Jolla’s MeeGo-based ‘Sailfish’ to debut in hardware next month?

Jolla’s MeeGo-based ‘Sailfish’ to debut in hardware next month?We first heard of Jolla back in July, a team of MeeGo-loving former Nokia employees keen to breathe new life into the operating system.

It’s only been a few months, but already we’re hearing that Jolla’s efforts might bear fruit as early as next month. Is that a banana in Jan’s pocket?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Jolla has raised €200 million “from a variety of players”, and that new hardware will be unveiled in November.

We’re told that Jolla’s brand of MeeGo will go under the name “Sailfish”, but otherwise details are unknown. Bah.

The sailfish, incidentally, is thought to be the fastest fish in the sea. What are you trying to say, Jolla?

Sailfish will reportedly be distributed for free to OEMs, though Jolla will make a few bucks by licensing certain software features and intellectual property rights.

"There has been a lot of interest in what we're doing and it has been a busy few months," purrs Jolla’s Chief Exec, Jussi Hurmola.

For those new to the politics of smartphones, MeeGo was originally introduced by Nokia and Intel in 2010, and after much faffing there was but one MeeGo-based Nokia smartphone, namely the N9.

The Finns, led by new CEO and former Microsoft guy Stephen Elop, ultimately turned their backs on MeeGo in favour of Microsoft’s Windows Phone. And we all know how that story goes. Ahem.

Read more about: Nokia N9MeeGo

Add a comment

Pondlife  Oct. 3, 2012 at 18:09

Sailfish, sailfish, I quite like that tbh

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2012 at 18:37

The N9 does not run MeeGo, actually...

SpeedyG  Oct. 3, 2012 at 19:22

^ Symbian^3 with MeeGo skin (I think?)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2012 at 19:47

^ Symbian^3 with MeeGo skin (I think?)
MaeMo, not Symbian ;) But true, the UI overlay is MeeGo "Harmattan"

SpeedyG  Oct. 3, 2012 at 20:06

So the N9's ancestry can hark back to the experimental but the old fiddler's dream back in the day with the Nokia N900?

Aah, those were the Nokia days...

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2012 at 20:47

Yep... many similarities once you dig deep ;) Of course, the N9 is much much faster and smoother. The N900 was ahead of its time - it could've been the bomb with newer hardware - screen, processor etc. But what device can easily run full desktop Debian? Amazing to use full Firefox on the 900. Incredibly fast.

Pondlife  Oct. 4, 2012 at 00:26

So who might the oems be?

Stelph  Oct. 4, 2012 at 07:28

Not sure where I read it, but was amused to read that "jolla" means dingy in Finnish ( like something you would get into to get off a burning platform) and obviously sailfish continues the nautical theme.

Just a poke at Elop with the naming convention or is it a crafty "life raft" for Nokia should WP8 sink without a trace (just buy and bring Jolla back in house)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 4, 2012 at 08:58

So who might the oems be?

ZTE or Huawei - I forgot which....and some vague 'others'

Pondlife  Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:44

HP? ;)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 4, 2012 at 13:32

really? LOL with webOS overlay :D

SpeedyG  Oct. 4, 2012 at 19:25

Symbian + Maemo + WebOs? Sounds Super A Meego...


Pondlife  Oct. 4, 2012 at 21:41

Just read that HP are seeking over 50 webos developers..

And now just read their CEO says no plans for hp smartphones in 2013..


You don't need an account to comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.