The Finland-based company Jolla announced earlier this year that it was planning to craft a new MeeGo-based OS and smartphone, and it looks like we'll soon get a peek at at least some of what it's been working on. The company has confirmed that it will show off its new Jolla user interface at the Slush conference in Finland, which takes place on November 21 and 22. The Jolla UI will be built into the Sailfish OS, which is based off MeeGo. Jolla expects to share details about its hardware and availability before Christmas rolls around.
Obviously there's a lot of mystery surrounding Jolla and both its upcoming software and the device(s) that it'll run on, but now we know that things will be come a bit more clear next month, which is good news for folks that've been waiting since July to learn more about Jolla's plans. It'll definitely be interesting to see what the company is cooking up, especially after the brief taste of MeeGo that we got with Nokia's N9. As usual, you can bet that we'll give you a shout once we learn more. Any of you interested in checking out Jolla and its MeeGo-based products?
Jolla Ltd. Sets the date to reveal the Jolla user interface and developer story
A date and place has been set to reveal the new Jolla smartphone user interface and deliver the Jolla developer story and SDK. Jolla Ltd. will demonstrate the Jolla user interface, based on the recently announced Sailfish alliance OS, at the Slush event in Helsinki, Finland on 21-22 November. Jolla is very excited to be able to share the user interface, and talk about the Jolla SDK and application ecosystem with the developers. Jolla will publish the device information, ID and expected availability before Christmas.
Peter Vesterbacka, a founder of Slush: “Slush has grown up to be the biggest entrepreneurship event in Northern Europe. It’s great to see hot new startups like Jolla use Slush as the venue for their major announcements. New business creation and innovation is alive and kicking at Slush and in the region”.
Mikko Kuusi, CEO of Startup Sauna: “Jolla is a great example of what happens, when you combine the extreme technical talent found in Finland with the right attitude and ambition level of companies like Rovio.”
In addition, Jolla will be hosting a separate, in-depth session to showcase the user interface, and a press Q&A session. The Jolla user interface will be incorporated into the previously announced Sailfish alliance software. Jolla has been working on the scalability and user experience based on MeeGo in order to be able to support multiple different device categories. This development has now reached a point that Jolla can showcase the user interface, its differentiation from the existing mobile UI’s and its possibilities as part of the Sailfish alliance.
Jussi Hurmola, CEO of Jolla: “I’m thrilled to finally be able to show the user interface we have been working on, and it will be exciting to open the developer story with SDK and applications to the public.”