New phone from Jolla next month!

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Jolla have worked very hard the last couple of months. They struck a deal with Chinas biggest smartphone retail chain, and now they have raised €200 million from a variety of telecommunications-industry players to be able to launch their new phone. And according to The Wall Street Journal that is going to happen next month! We can expect a very interesting autumn this year.

You can read the full article here.

The guys over at jollatides.com have done yet another interview with Jussi Hurmola. There are some interesting new points in the interview. They are going to work with other companies to bring more devices with different form factors with MeeGo and Jolla software to the market.

Read the full interview here.

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.