It seems that smart phone business have evolved to point where even relatively small companies can start to make their own phones. This developments like:
- many people who know mobile phones are looking for new jobs (business of many mobile phone companies not going that well)
- architectural changes (application processor communicating with separate ready communication processor+rf module instead of one processor trying to do everything)
- there are many reference platforms for smartphones you can start your own designs
- there are ready operating systems you can use with small modifications on your products (Android being most successful in this but not the only one)
- there are companies that can design whole phone to you
- you can outsource all your manufacturing
So nowadays with relatively reasonable mount of R&D it is possible to make your own smartphone. This change has for example created very many new mobile phone manufacturers in China.
The situation that Nokia is going down fast with Windows Phone seems to have created place for some new mobile phone companies in Finland. Two new mobile phone companies have been started in Finland quite recently. Behind both of them there are people that have previously worked for Nokia.
Jolla is developing Meego based smarphones. Jolla has big plans in China: it wants to become an alternative to iOS and Android. The company aims to build the third smartphone ecosystem in China around Nokia’s rejected MeeGo operating system. The new version of Meego for that will be called Sailfish. Finnish Jolla Mobile wants to develop a better smartphone, which is now a lot of applications. Phone natively support HTML5 and Qt-based applications. The company’s secret weapon is that it can also run Android applications under Meego with ACL technology.
Finnish mobile phone company Jolla is going to present its new smartphone operating system “Sailfish” in Helsinki next month at Slush event in 21 to 22. November. “Our user interface is more modern than the Android and iPhone. They have remained static time point for five years, but can do better”.
The ex-Nokians are almost ready to reveal their MeeGo/Sailfish based smartphone. Jolla’s first Meego phone will be based on a reference circuit boards and integrated software platform. The 4G phone is on the way. For some more details my Meego blog article comments where I have posted many news related to Jolla.
Update: Jolla Sailfish “teaser” video
Another new smart phone start-up in Finland is Adaia. Adaia smart phone is aimed at outdoor enthusiasts. Adaia team got fed up wrapping our smartphones in a plastic bag or protective cover every time we went outside to have some fun. They asked: Was our lifestyle too harsh or smartphones too fragile? They began to suspect the latter. Then they decided to do something about it. They started to imagine what the perfect smartphone would be like: our smartphone should be shockproof, dustproof, waterproof down to 10 meters in seawater and able to gain MIL STD 810G certification. It should be able to connect even outside cellular network coverage, thus allowing satellite texting.
To realize the dream the Adaia company contacted several design companies to do it: BMW DesignworksUSA for industrial design and Elektrobit for what goes inside and makes the phone tick. Adaian phones should are expected to run Android operating system. Adaia so far have not revealed the release phones for sale or supply schedule.
Let’s wait to see what comes out of those companies in next few years.