Wednesday 18 May 2016

NOKIA smartphones! New company in Finland

NOKIA returning to mobile device markets via exclusive licence for IP and brand with HMD Global

Nokia, the "mothership" also behind Sailfish OS team Jolla Oy, have their smartphone brand held by Microsoft for a while more, but today Nokia announced a new IP and licencing agreement. New Finnish based company HMD Global is to make Nokia branded phones and tablets using Nokia patents and having Nokia member on board for ensuring quality, design and Nokia's consumer focused innovation.

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Russian company to use Sailfish OS components

Open Mobile Platform hiring developers 

Update, May 11, 2016: Jolla officially confirms licensing of Sailfish OS to a Russian company "Open Mobile Platform".

May 6, 2016, Innopolis, Tatarstan, Russia. New company "Открытая мобильная платформа" (Open Mobile Platform) is about to begin the development of domestic Russian operating system for mobile devices. The new mobile operating system is suggested to be based on components of Sailfish OS. The company is already hiring employees. Russia aims to reduce the use of foreign mobile operating systems from the current 95% to 75% by 2020, and to 50% by 2025. Android and iOS down?

Monday 9 May 2016

Sailfish OS Taalojärvi available for all

Sailfish OS Taalojärvi for Jolla Phone

On May 9, 2016 after a long wait of more than 6 months since the previous public release, Jolla today released a system update for Jolla Phone. Jolla Tablets got this update already a week ago. Early access testing phase took long while Jolla was hunting down a bug affecting to received phone calls. The bug has not yet confirmed to be fixed, but it's strongly suggested to be so.

Thursday 5 May 2016

Intex Aqua Fish smartphone specs

Intex releases entry-level smartphone with Sailfish OS in India 

On February 22, 2016, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, Intex introduced the 2nd official Sailfish OS smartphone ever to be released later in spring to the markets in India. Intex aims for a budget phone to begin with their own story on this OS.

On May 5, 2016: Launch has been delayed to the coming months. Intex Aqua Fish Full specs updated.

Tuesday 3 May 2016

[News] Jolla agrees debts, financing of $12M, new employees

Application for debt restructuring cancelled. Year 2016 secured with new financing. New employees being interviewed.

In autumn 2015 there were sad news: Employees laid off, debts on hold, file for debt restructuring. Jolla's 3rd death valley, pretty close to actual bankruptcy, was passed on December and now Jolla shares quite positive news.

This is a news analysis on Jolla's Press Release published on May 3, 2016, reflecting the latest news to those shared back in 2015. Sailfish OS seems to be having the sails up quite well right now. Will there be some wind too?

Thursday 14 April 2016

The last Jolla Tablet orders

and update on features and Sailfish OS releases 

Updated on April 20, 2016. On the unfortunate Jolla Tablet campaign, Jolla is currently sending new invitations. Earlier, an email sent to all Indiegogo contributors mentioned April 14, 2016 as the last day to finalize the order and April 16, 2016 as the last day to fill a refund form. Also a reminder on this was sent via email later. Currently, new invitations are sent to those who are ignoring the invitation, and new invitations are supposed to roll out weekly as long as none of them are ignored any more.

Additional to an important reminder, there's an interesting update: Support for biometric scanner for Sailfish OS is on the way.

Thursday 7 April 2016

Promise on Sailfish OS Turing Phone by TRI

...gone fishing in Salocon Valley

April 2016 launch of Turing Phone, specially encrypted smartphone, cover and speaker made of some "neverdonedinium" 2.5 times stronger than titanium. Promised by Turing Robotic Industries Corp. TRI has a deal with Jolla on using the Finnish mobile operating system Sailfish OS.

Updates: 8th postpone of shipping. Registering done. Jolla announces the license. Trademark abandoned. Production delayed. Link to video. (Follow up post also updated.)

Tuesday 29 March 2016

No Facebook Chat Jolla? Hello Diaspora*

D* chat integration to Sailfish OS Messages

Comparing Facebook and Diaspora* as social media platforms and guiding how to integrate D* chat on Sailfish OS. The guide applies to both official and unofficial (ported) Sailfish OS devices. Sorry Facebook, but without Sailfish OS support you might be dropped out in this growing community.

Sunday 20 March 2016

[guide] Install Sailfish OS on Fairphone 2

Olivier Hebert, CTO at Fairphone.
Antti Saarnio, Chairman of the Board at Jolla. 
Updated on Marc 26, 2017 

Your Fairphone 2 can now run Sailfish OS, gesture based mobile operating system by Jolla, Finland. Unofficial version was made available by Sailfish OS porter Matti Lehtimäki. 

In the official side I had another interview with Fairphone. Below these news, there's a guide using fastboot method which is now outdated. Installing guide is up to date at merwiki.

Thursday 3 March 2016

[follow up] Promise on Sailfish OS in Salocon Valley

...with questionable information in the Finnish press. Updated on April 19, 2016

Earlier, we shared a warning to our readers to keep some distance with any possible upcoming financing campaigns for a promised new Sailfish OS Turing Phone to be manufactured in Salo, Finland (image). The local newspapers are positive on TRI's future plans, but some of the national ones have found reasons for skeptic posts too.

Wednesday 24 February 2016

[news] #MWC16 around the world with Sailfish OS

Summary: Sailfish OS around the world

February 24, 2016, Jolla Press event, Porta Fira Hotel, Barcelona, Spain. Jolla shared expansion plans both in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Let's see where's Sailfish OS is hot right now.

Friday 19 February 2016

Jolla Tablet refunds being processed

Jolla starts to issue refunds starting from pre-order customers

Those who ordered Jolla Tablet via Jolla Shop in autumn 2015 can expect a full refund in 2-3 weeks. To those who bough a perk via Indiegogo earlier, Juhani Lassila, Head of Communications at Jolla shares that the process continues on its all parts.

Thursday 18 February 2016

Sony XPeria towards Linux buildroot enabling also #SailfishOS

Sony calls in Kernel developers to support Linux  

Additional to Linux IoT solutions, these awesome steps Sony is taking will also enable building Sailfish OS for Sony XPeria models in much larger scale than already done. In the best case all the models will run on a same Linux kernel. The builds are of course not limited to Sailfish OS only, for example AOSP based mobile operating systems will benefit too.

Saturday 13 February 2016

MWC16 Jolla Sailfish OS Intex Aqua Fish

Jolla at Mobile World Congress 2016 

Event of the year on mobile markets, MWC16 Barcelona, Spain takes place on February 22nd - 25th 2016. Jolla is present 4th time in a row with the latest news on Sailfish OS and its journey towards new devices and countries. After a pretty bad last year, expectations for a better one are high.

Monday 1 February 2016

Jolla Tablets in China

Jolla tried to deliver more tablets, now sold by others on Taobao  

After Jolla's financial situation was partially resolved in December 2015 they did their best to deliver more slates to the Jolla Tablet campaign participants on Indiegogo. Jolla got 540 more, missed 400 slates already sold to others, and had to promise almost 10 000 backers a refund in two portions. Juhani Lassila from Jolla was very transparent on the China situation when I asked about it.

Small community giveaway

Win Jolla battery and two The Other Half covers

UPDATE, February 17th, 2016:
The prize has arrived to the winner, congrats!

Giveaway! Sailfish OS community sailor Miles decided not to fix his Jolla's broken display, but instead he's happy to help another sailor having a poor battery or too few TOH's. How nice of him!

Sunday 31 January 2016

[news story] Sailfish OS on Fairphone 2 - a community driven project

European flagship phone with European operating system combines ethics and ideologies in the mobile industry  

Update, January 31, 2016: Some related news from FOSDEM2016 added

An interview based story on how a Dutch mobile phone Fairphone 2 gets a Finnish operating system Sailfish OS via great community involvement. Two communities wanted this to succeed. Two companies wanted that too. And it did. Jolla and Fairphone shares their comments below as well, both of them supporting this unofficial project.

Tuesday 19 January 2016

System update 2.0.1 Taalojärvi available for test users

January 19, 2016: Sailfish OS Taalojärvi (Early access)

April 28, 2016: Sailfish OS Taalojärvi (Early Access)

Jolla has released their next Sailfish OS system update to the users signed into the Early Access program. The Early Access group is testing the release before it's shared for everybody.

Friday 8 January 2016

Intex launches Sailfish OS smartphone at MWC16

Intex Aqua Fish launch confirmed

Announced first time on July 2015 at MWC15 Shanghai, to be introduced on February 2016 at MWC16 Barcelona, Spain, annd to be launched to the markets in India later at spring. Intex Aqua Fish is a new smartphone model by Intex (India) running Sailfish OS mobile operating system by Jolla (Finland).