Jolla launches a group gadget program for its Sailfish cellular OS
Simply once you thought Finnish cellular OS maker Jolla had given up on making its personal cellular hardware, given its current financing troubles which led to it having to shutter a deliberate pill, it will get again within the recreation — albeit with a restricted run of 1,000 smartphones meant for builders and lovers of its platform to check the newest and beta releases of its Sailfish OS.
The group handset is referred to as Jolla C, and has been priced at €169 — with delivery restricted to Europe. All 1,000 handsets bought out yesterday, on the day this system was introduced to the Sailfish group. Jolla says it’s trying to see if it will possibly increase the dimensions of the initiative. Units are slated to ship to consumers in July.
Specs clever the 4G handset seems very similar to Indian OEM Intex’s Sailfish powered Aqua Fish smartphone with a 5-inch show, 2GB of RAM, a 1.3GHz Qualcomm processor and Sailfish 2.zero. Whereas the platform is suitable with Android apps, the Jolla C deliberately ships with none third social gathering content material — to supply the “purest” OS expertise.
For this developer-targeted gadget Jolla is abandoning The Different Half hardware function discovered on its debut smartphone — which had been an try and differentiate a handset by together with swappable again plates and an inner connector that would help powered add ons on the rear of the system, comparable to keyboards or e-ink screens.
The hardware is admittedly not the purpose right here although. This system is a transfer by Jolla to additional foster the Sailfish developer group to tug in power and concepts, as group supervisor James Noori notes in a weblog concerning the initiative: “With this program and the Jolla C system, we’re going to concentrate on the software program aspect of issues and encourage the group to develop extra for Sailfish OS itself.”
Jolla has been pushing an OS licensing enterprise technique in recent times, and has signed up OEMs in India and Africa to place out units operating Sailfish. It additionally has curiosity in Russian.
As a part of its group gadget program, which is slated to run till Might 2017, Jolla C consumers can be invited to reside on-line group periods. A restricted group of first registrants will even be invited to attend an Worldwide Sailfish Group Occasion, set to happen in Helsinki subsequent month.
Jolla introduced it had lastly closed a $12 million Collection C spherical earlier this month, having struggled to get the required funds on the again finish of final yr. The developer program does danger elevating a number of eyebrows about Sailfish lovers provided that Jolla needed to cancel its deliberate pill — and is operating an prolonged refund program for the overwhelming majority of pre-orderers who gained’t get the slate. A few of whom should wait till subsequent yr for his or her refund. But it’s now taking in additional pre-order cash from backers.
Responding so far and one other about the price of the Jolla C on its group discussion board, Jolla’s head of comms stated it had “very a lot” hoped to have the ability to give units free to builders however its monetary state of affairs “simply doesn’t permit this”. He added that Jolla has “set the worth as little as we might”, and isn’t making any revenue on the Jolla C.
“Utilizing the second a part of the pill refunds for this [i.e. to fund a free Jolla C developer device] does not likely work, since we have to finance our operations till the subsequent financing spherical on the finish of the yr — sadly that is the truth we reside in,” he provides.