Jolla will soon be launching its first smartphone in India through local e-retailer, Snapdeal, in order to expand its footprint in Asia after China.
The Finnish company, Jolla, was founded by ex-Nokia employees in 2011, after Nokia decided to go with Windows Phone on future smartphones. The company launched its first smartphone known, simply as "Jolla Phone", last year. The team had been actively developing the Maemo/Meego operating system while at Nokia and continued to work on the platform now known as "Sailfish OS" after establishing their own company. The Jolla Phone running on this Sailfish OS has been available in some European countries and China and recently received a price cut.
While we do not know if the smartphone will be a success yet, it is certain that the company does have plans to expand into emerging markets where smartphone penetration is still picking up. According to Jolla's Co-founder and CMO, Sami Pienimäk, "India is the rising smartphone market of the world and we look forward to welcoming many new Jolla fans across the country. Since late 2011 when we established the company Jolla, we have received a tremendous amount of interest from India to enter this great market." Sami also said that a lot of Indians have interest in smartphones coming from Finland, clearly indicating towards the popularity of Nokia in the country.
The exact details about the pricing and availability have not been provided by Jolla in its press release so it will be interesting to see how the company positions the Jolla Phone in a growing market dominated by inexpensive Android smartphones by local manufacturers.
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