Will Jolla launch a phone very soon?

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The user inteface of the original version of MeeGo

ZDNet has done another interview with Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola. We can find a few interesting things there. First is that they are expanding fast. They were interviewing 38 potential hires and plans to have 100 Finnish staff by the end of 2012. They are also going to open an office in China.

Another great part is that the user interface is ready to roll according to Jussi Hurmola. Will we see a launch soon?

The user interface (UI) for its Jolla device is ready to roll, according to Hurmola: “Our UI is ready now, we haven’t released it yet, we will save it for the product launch and the platform is getting up now so the project looks pretty nice.”

They won’t reveal the release date yet, but we will hopefully see a launch soon.

Read the full article here.

 

Video interview with Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola

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Another interview has been done with Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola. Here is the description of the video:

Jussi Hurmola, the CEO of Jolla, explains how they will differentiate from the existing players in the smart phone market. Jolla is a Finnish startup in the smart phone space, consisting of ex-Nokia employees. They are planning to release a device based on the MeeGo operative system during 2012.

Interesting thoughts on Jolla Mobile

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The blogger Vesku has written a very interesting blog post on Jolla Mobile discussing what problems they might run in to.

Based on the information Jolla has published, they are going to continue the work started in MeeGo and are going to utilize Mer -core as basis for their operating system and Qt/QML as UI toolkit. They are also contributing back to the Mer -project. This is an excellent starting point. I think we demonstrated in the Nemo Mobile, that even with a relatively small team you can develop modern phone software using these technologies and existing open source components.

Head over to there and read the whole story.

http://veskuh.blogspot.fi/2012/07/thoughts-on-jolla.html

Nokia Bridge – To help ex-employees with their startups

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Nokia struggles financially at the moment and has reduced the staff with 40,000 in the last two years. In response they started a scheme called Nokia Bridge to help ex-employees whit their new start-up businesses. Jolla Mobile is one of the new businesses that benefit from the program.

With 40,000 layoffs announced in the last two years, Nokia has lost technical talent hand over fist. In response, it’s set up a number of centres in Europe, India and the US to help those faced with redundancy to find a new job, either inside or outside the company.

The scheme, known as Bridge, was introduced in April 2011 and offers an entrepreneurial stream. For those with a new business idea in need of backing, the programme can lead to start-up funding and exposure to angel investors, venture capitalists and other entrepreneurs.

ZDNet have a very interesting article on the subject. Click here to read the full article.

Jolla signs deal to bring future MeeGo handsets to Chinese retailer D.Phone

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Jolla Mobile just took a huge step forward. They signed a Sales and Distribution agreement with D.Phone Group, the largest mobile phones retail chain in China. Read the full press release here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jolla Ltd. and China’s Largest Smartphone Retail Chain D.Phone Sign Product Sales Agreement

Jolla Ltd., a rising Finnish smartphone product company, has signed a Sales and Distribution agreement with D.Phone Group, the largest mobile phones retail chain in China. Together the companies have a shared target to reach significant sales volumes in China’s 150 million smartphone market. The agreement is such that D.Phone will start sales and distribution of Jolla smartphones in China, utilising D.Phone’s vast network of over 2000 retail stores to reach the Chinese consumers.

Mr. Donghai Liu, Founder and CEO of D.Phone Group: “We see great potential for Jolla as a new player in the Chinese smartphone market with Jolla’s fresh and unique user experience. Together with Jolla our aim is to reach significant sales volumes.”

Dr. Antti Saarnio, Chairman of Jolla Ltd.: “China has the largest and most rapidly expanding smartphone market in the world. This agreement with D.Phone is a major step in Jolla’s journey towards becoming a significant player in the global smartphone market”

Jolla Ltd. is an independent Finland based smartphone product company that will
reveal its first product later this year. Jolla was founded in 2011 by a team of former Nokia mobile industry professionals. The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland and has an R&D office in Tampere, Finland.

D.Phone is China’s largest chain retailer of mobile phones and accessories with extensive nationwide retail coverage of over 2,000 outlets across the country. D.Phone is a strategic partner with China Mobile, China Telecom and China
Unicom.

Sincerely,

Mr. Donghai Liu Dr. Antti Saarnio
Founder and CEO Chairman of the Board
D.Phone Group Jolla Ltd.

Further inquiries:
press@jollamobile.com
press@dixintong.com