Jolla smartphone, from ex-Nokia team, goes on sale today

 

Not everybody was happy when Nokia decided to abandon Meego and follow the Microsoft path, as a result a group of Nokia engineers created Jolla, a new company that would create smartphones based on Sailfish, Meego’s successor. Now their first smartphone is finally on the market.

The Jolla handset is launching today at an event organized by the Finnish carrier DNA. The device will only be available in Finland for the time being, but availability will be expanded to other countries in the future.

The Jolla smartphone features mid-range specs, including a dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD card, and a 4.5-inch with a 960x540 resolution. The unlocked device sells for €399.

Sailfish OS, is an upgraded and rebranded version of Meego that comes with some of its most important features including Swipe. The OS is also designed to feature true multitasking where apps remain alive in the background, but we’ll have to see how well this works once we get to test a Jolla handset. The team behind Sailfish has promised frequent OTA updates to constantly improve the OS.

All in all the Jolla alongside Sailfish look like interesting products, and they might have the potential to break into the market, but time will tell if Finland will have a new major phone manufacturer.

Source: V3Image via Jolla

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Why can't someone release a phone to the masses that can duel boot, like a PC. Give us the choice of OS to have on the phone.

Fighting operating systems?

Seriously though, how many consumers would really want such a feature? Storage is limited on phones, and most average users struggle as it is. This really, is not a needed feature at all. You double the costs associated with the device (Because now the OEM has to maintain and support two operating systems), introduce mass confusion, and introduce all sorts of potential coexistence issues that never were present before.

This isn't the PC world where you can plonk Windows on anything and it just works. There is no driver site you get drivers from, and all the various other things that allow this scenario to exist in the PC world (Partitioning for example) simply don't and really, don't need to on a mobile phone.

Diskpart on my Lumia so I can run Windows Phone and android at the same time, bloody hell, now that's stupid.

In the 90's, there was no Internet to get drivers, there was no internet to get support, and there were no decent drivers with Windows.

They wouldn't have to support two. "It's not different to now, what OS are you using? Oh, we don't support that, as per your terms and conditions."

Given these little phones are more powerful than the computers of the days of Win 3.1 95 and 98.

If business, tech, and anything really, thought like this, then we would still be on horses and carts. You don't give up before trying because you think it's going to be hard.

I wish Jolla every success in the world.

The talented engineers behind it have copious amounts of skills and knowledge that were the technical driving force behind Nokia's smartphone success (pre MS shill Elop rocking up and picking an OS that was 'different')

Being 'droid app compatible out of the box sets them off on an extremely good footing as they already have more apps available from day one than WP does after however many years.

A Jolla handset will definitely be my next mobile once my S3 has done it's service.

20legend said,
I wish Jolla every success in the world.

The talented engineers behind it have copious amounts of skills and knowledge that were the technical driving force behind Nokia's smartphone success (pre MS shill Elop rocking up and picking an OS that was 'different')

Being 'droid app compatible out of the box sets them off on an extremely good footing as they already have more apps available from day one than WP does after however many years.

A Jolla handset will definitely be my next mobile once my S3 has done it's service.

never good when your phone OS is good because it relies on another phone OS's amount of apps.. kinda sad

20legend said,
Being 'droid app compatible out of the box sets them off on an extremely good footing as they already have more apps available from day one than WP does after however many years.

Heard that on Blackberry OS 10. What happens to it?

Far too expensive. To gain any ground it needs to compete with lower priced smartphones first, then build upon a user base.

Or at least target a specific market properly. Either aim for the low end and make it cheap or aim for the high-end and make it desirable. Right now they've targeted the mid-end, made it expensive and from what I can see, it isn't all that desirable.

Kushan said,
Or at least target a specific market properly. Either aim for the low end and make it cheap or aim for the high-end and make it desirable. Right now they've targeted the mid-end, made it expensive and from what I can see, it isn't all that desirable.

This. With that price over here, I can get either Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Sony Xperia Z1 Ultra.

I really liked Meego and was sad to see it go, glad its back in another incarnation its very elegant...if they can get the prices down low this can be a good alternative for a girlfriend or mom who just wants to surf the net and consume a little media

It looks okay. The price is a bit high for a phone with those specs, but other than that it's mmmkay. It's different enough to get my attention. I hope it's compatible and powerful enough to run those Android apps. If not, well, it's gonna have to go through a thick brick wall in order to succeed.

edit: there's an official youtube video of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfAixpkzcBQ

sbasil said,
It looks okay. The price is a bit high for a phone with those specs, but other than that it's mmmkay. It's different enough to get my attention. I hope it's compatible and powerful enough to run those Android apps. If not, well, it's gonna have to go through a thick brick wall in order to succeed.

edit: there's an official youtube video of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfAixpkzcBQ


is that a hdd led blinking at the top?

Geranium_Z__NL said,
is that a hdd led blinking at the top?

I suspect it's just the proximity sensor on the device interfering with the camera they used - some cameras are quite sensitive to the infrared used by these sensors, and the infrared from the sensor appears in the recording...

A HDD LED is not *quite* useful on a phone

gonchuki said,

and the same UI as iOS 7...
Jolla UI was set way ahead of iOS7. it is iOS 7 which is basically copying from everyone else..

gonchuki said,

and the same UI as iOS 7...

You might want to look at screenshots of MeeGo from back in like 2011...

iOS7 has clearly taken some cues from it.

For fonts sakes guys, it's just a minimal font that all the OSs are using to make em all similar. Just like Helvetica and Code Light.

This is almost as bad as the guy who wants donations/investment to outbid Microsoft for Nokia. Let it go guys. Its not about phones any more its about ecosystems and Meego never stood a chance.

the better twin said,
This is almost as bad as the guy who wants donations/investment to outbid Microsoft for Nokia. Let it go guys. Its not about phones any more its about ecosystems and Meego never stood a chance.

Sailfish runs Android apps, so I don't think the Ecosystem will be a problem for Jolla. I'm all for seeing this phone take off. Meego/Sailfish is a fantastic operating system, and in my opinion, better than Android. Even Neowin's reviews of the N900 stated how good the OS was. Dropping Meego wholesale was one of the poorest decisions that Elop made in his time "running" Nokia.

Majesticmerc said,

Dropping Meego wholesale was one of the poorest decisions that Elop made in his time "running" Nokia.

Yet probably one of the best for his running campaign for Microsoft CEO.

Just think. If Nokia hadn't shipped WP7 all those years ago, they'd still be waiting for MeeGo to be finished. Or should that be Finnished? One way or another they'd be out of business by now.

Majesticmerc said,

Sailfish runs Android apps, so I don't think the Ecosystem will be a problem for Jolla. I'm all for seeing this phone take off. Meego/Sailfish is a fantastic operating system, and in my opinion, better than Android. Even Neowin's reviews of the N900 stated how good the OS was. Dropping Meego wholesale was one of the poorest decisions that Elop made in his time "running" Nokia.

Blackberry phones also run android apps.. and has some really great features over android.. But has no ecosystem.. therefore failed OS

Lachlan said,

Blackberry phones also run android apps.. and has some really great features over android.. But has no ecosystem.. therefore failed OS


It's not because of the ecosystem, it's because stupid people behave like sheep and they all flock to a de-facto standard platform/brand in fear of being "left out".

Still wondering why most people buy Samsung when they want an Android phone? the answer is in the question itself, because "most people buy Samsung"... therefore it must be good, right? Average Joe doesn't know better to oust them because they overused PenTile screens while trying to sell them as better than IPS, bloated TouchWiz , region locking their latest devices, failed updates to 4.3... Average Joe just cares that his friends got a Samsung device and they don't want to be less than them.

gonchuki said,

It's not because of the ecosystem, it's because stupid people behave like sheep and they all flock to a de-facto standard platform/brand in fear of being "left out".

Still wondering why most people buy Samsung when they want an Android phone? the answer is in the question itself, because "most people buy Samsung"... therefore it must be good, right? Average Joe doesn't know better to oust them because they overused PenTile screens while trying to sell them as better than IPS, bloated TouchWiz , region locking their latest devices, failed updates to 4.3... Average Joe just cares that his friends got a Samsung device and they don't want to be less than them.


So how does releasing this phone helps? Peoples will still do what you said: going for Samsung.

Lachlan said,

Blackberry phones also run android apps.. and has some really great features over android.. But has no ecosystem.. therefore failed OS

RIM/Blackberry has an image problem, not an app problem. They're having trouble with adoption (a) because they're seen as "boring" due to their business focus, and (b) because they're putting out uncompetitive hardware. Why would people go for the Z10 when there are better Android and WP handsets out there?

If Jolla can create a decent smartphone, and they can get people to port apps to it (or offer to do it for them), I can see them being a decent option. They won't make top 3 handset/OS manufacturer, but they could do well.

I'm all for supporting it, I like the OS, and I like their underdog spirit.

Majesticmerc said,

. Dropping Meego wholesale was one of the poorest decisions that Elop made in his time "running" Nokia.

So you're saying, when he was hired to drop meego, and meego was losing money out the whazoo, buggy and lacked features and even the head dev said they wouldn't have a bug free version until 2015 much less a fully featured version. that was a poor decision ?... seems more like a saved the company reason. Symbian/Asha may have been dropped to fast, but I suspect if they hadn't the sales where already declining and they would just have had a major stockpile of not selling asha phones.

Lachlan said,

Blackberry phones also run android apps.. and has some really great features over android.. But has no ecosystem.. therefore failed OS

That's not quite true. You've obviously read that it runs them, but missed the bit where it runs them very poorly. Myself and a few mates have had the device, and they run like ****.

FarCry3r said,

So how does releasing this phone helps? Peoples will still do what you said: going for Samsung.

not saying that it helps, just that the stupid Average Joe doesn't care about ecosystems, just the "coolness" factor.

HawkMan said,

So you're saying, when he was hired to drop meego, and meego was losing money out the whazoo, buggy and lacked features and even the head dev said they wouldn't have a bug free version until 2015 much less a fully featured version. that was a poor decision ?... seems more like a saved the company reason. Symbian/Asha may have been dropped to fast, but I suspect if they hadn't the sales where already declining and they would just have had a major stockpile of not selling asha phones.

The development costs of Meego were expensive, but that's not to say it would have lost them money long term. The N9 sold very well (relatively speaking at least, unofficial figures say it outsold the Lumias in 2011), and it was already mostly bug free. Firmware updates removed the vast majority of issues by July 2012. The only reference I can find to 2015 for Meego is that Harmattan falls out of support that year (not that they've honoured it anyway). It was mostly feature complete on release of the N9, short a few minor improvements that were added in later updates.

The glowing reviews that the N9 got are an attestment to how good Meego as an OS could was.