Jolla, that group of ex-Nokia employees working on an ex-Nokia smartphone OS (MeeGo, which is now “Mer” – and on the foundations of Mer Jolla built their “Sailfish OS”), have finally announced their first piece of hardware1, which will ship “at the end of this year”.2 It’s nothing too funky, hardware wise, but Jolla is about software, anyway.
Ubuntu just announced that it will be on smartphones soon, too. While there have been many players announcing to enter the (very) mobile space with their own OS (in 2013, Samsung is believed to bring Tizen to market, Mozilla’s Firefox OS will launch (at least in Brazil) and Jolla will release their first Sailfish OS phone), Ubuntu is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and quite popular.
Being an Ubuntu user on my notebook, I am really excited, especially after I have seen Mark Shuttleworth’s announcement video.
As an Android Linux kernel is all that is said to be needed to run the new QML-powered Ubuntu mobile OS, porting it to your Android smartphone should be as easy as with Firefox OS, but most likely a lot more tempting than the latter (which is tempting, too).
That’s all I have to say for now, head over to the link above and watch the announcement or just get your Galaxy Nexus ready.. ;-)
Engadget have a nice hands on video, that makes the whole thing a lot more believable (MPEG4 video for those on desktops without flash)
The Verge have another hands-on (this time with out the “benevolent dictator”)
Only recently, being again (after using my Palm Pre Plus for one day again) tired of Android, I checked Nokia N9 prices again. Still too expensive for my liking, but there seemed to be no hope for the Nokia MeeGo device.
Yesterday, this changed. Jolla, a finish company being run by former Nokia employees, has announced to build some devices based on MeeGo. As you are likely to an attentive person, you will imidiately ask yourself: Now, what will they build on? MeeGo Harmattan, that was a MeeGo compliant Maemo? MeeGo, that is now Tizen, after having been merged with LiMo? Or MeeGo, that is now Mer? Well, it turns out that they will build on the last one, on Mer, and thus Qt.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to tell right now. As Qt and MeeGo/Mer are certainly pretty mature already, I do really hope for some (hardware) announcements pretty soon. Because without Hardware, nothing much will emerge of JollaMobile – it will be just another OpenWebOS (yeah, it will be very different, but also a dead end).
I wish the Jolla guys all the best. As these are the guys that made the N9 happen, they can build a disruptive product. And that’s really needed.