Two new mobile phone companies from Finland

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
  • etc…

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.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Marc Dillon at Twitter:
    Just opened the #Jolla Asia office, bringing a new chapter of Finnish design and engineering to the east. Onward sails!


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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Finnish telecom operator DNA is launching a new Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Jolla smartphones.

    The companies did not specify when the phones will be out.


  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jolla has released Sailfishin – directly supports Android

    Sailfish Jolla own OS mobile platform made its debut on Wednesday in Helsinki almost ecstatic spiritual style. In particular, the smooth multi-tasking platform designed to directly support Android applications. Possessing one of the first smart phones will be like by next summer.

    “We publish Jolla product by next summer, and we will communicate in the next year, during the first quarter,” Jolla, Sales and founding partner Sami Pienimäki told the computer and 3T interview with the magazine.

    On the basis of the user interface navigation Sailfishin reminds Meegoa, but it differs from that with improved multitasking support.

    “Android apk apps rotate in this environment directly. No conversion is not, but the operating system itself is able to drive them, “Sami Pienimäki confirmed.

    Small minister emphasized the importance Android compatibility, more multi-tasking and the Qt application development tools.


  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jolla’s CEO Marc Dillon presenting the SailfishOS for mobile devices at Slush in Helsinki

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Finnish smartphone platform and the developer phones Jolla confirmed last week that the Meego platform developed on the basis Sailfish platform able to run Android applications. Programs can not, at least at the moment downloaded from Google Play service.

    Jolla CEO Marc Dillon confirms 3T for that, at least in the early stages Google Play service is not bringing in Sailfish platform phones: “We find out a few options to share applications. We will also discuss the current service providers. ”

    Jolla compatibility with Android applications is based on the fact that they used the Java programming language applications.

    First Jolla phones is expected to start in the summer of 2013. Sailfish-platform application development environment (SDK) was released last week.


  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sailfish Main Page

    Application Developers / Build a Sailfish App

    It’s early days for building applications on Sailfish OS; at the moment you have to build your own copy of QtCreator and then work with the people in #mer and #nemomobile on IRC.

    We are using Qt with our Sailfish UI components and soon you will be able to download our QtCreator plugins that will automate this for you.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SDK Binaries

    We are improving based on the feedback we have got from the community and the SDK will be available for download in early Q1 2013. Stay tuned on these shores.


    Mer project is the core OS that serves as the base of Sailfish OS. It provides a functional core Linux stack that boots up to the screen but without a UI and HW adaptation. If you contribute to Mer you are actually contributing to Sailfish as well.


  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mer Platform SDK on VirtualBox

    The Mer VM SDK is intended for use with QtCreator, on non-linux machines and on machines where a chroot-based SDK is not desired.

    The Mer SDK uses Oracle’s VirtualBox as the virtualisation engine.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nokia’s defunct MeeGo finds new life as Sailfish

    A Finnish startup created by former Nokia executives is hoping to break through with their fledgling mobile operating system.

    Jolla hopes to resurrect MeeGo, which was once considered Nokia’s savior and next-generation platform before it was dumped for Windows Phone. The company, founded by former Nokia product engineers intimate with the development of MeeGo, brought back the community-driven successor as Sailfish late last month.

    There isn’t a better example of a David and Goliath story. Jolla is made up of a few dozen employees working out of a small office in a technology park housing many different businesses. Yet it seeks to make a dent in a market dominated by Apple and Google, with Microsoft and Research In Motion also elbowing each other for a piece of the smartphone pie.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CEO Marc Dillon prepares Finnish Jolla phone conquering the world. “I think the effect of the product,” says a huge inspiring leader Kauppalehti Option described in the interview.

    Jolla’s goal is – no more, no less – to challenge Android and iPhone.

    “You have to have the right product at the right time, and there are really good. If we have a great phone, it will sell for sure the end, “Dillon said in an interview

    60 people Jolla is tiny player in war of ecosystems

    There are are already signs of masses of interest.

    “When we announced the Sailfish-platform, video on Youtube was the first day of the half a million viewers.”


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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Smartphone with Sailfish OS coming soon to India

    Sailfish operating system, which is based on Nokia’s abandoned Meego operating system and claims to have great multitasking capability, will soon be introduced in India. A spokesperson of Zopo Mobile, a Chinese player which recently entered India, said to The Mobile Indian, “The company is working on a Sailfish operating system based handset and will soon introduce it in the market.” The operating system is said to provide better multitasking than existing smartphones.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jolla: We have five million fans

    The smartphone application development is too closed, and existing application stores business model is based on the manufacturer’s own position to protect. These are the existing Apple and Google dominated the smart phone market weaknesses, says Finnish Jolla CEO Marc Dillon.

    “It seems to me that we have in Finland for five million fans. There is still a very strong and enthusiastic MeeGo community.”

    Dillon gets excited and says that, if successful Jolla and Sailfish can bring Finnish mobile development companies a lot more work to do.

    “Before, you were able to go to any computer and did you get access to your files from anywhere. Smartphones of this was lost. We want to bring it back. ”
    Marc Dillon refers to the 1990s, and terminal-based machine time.

    “We want to offer a modern cloud-based environment where the user can select the best applications for several platforms selections.”

    “These so-called eco-systems are based on a number of players in a closed environment.”


  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Take the plunge! now open with Sailfish SDK alpha release.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The company’s managing director Marc Dillon, the first Jolla device seen in the rest of the year in Finland and in the Chinese market.

    - We are launching the first phone on the second half of this year in Finland and China. We aim at the Christmas market in Finland and the Chinese New Year market, Dillon says Taloussanomat.

    Jolla has distribution agreement in Finland with DNA and in China with D Phone.

    The company’s devices are designed in Finland and manufactured in China.

    - We will release the device and the details as soon as possible, probably in March or April.


  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jolla Wants To Build A Foursquare Phone, A Facebook Phone — Whatever It Takes To Wake Smartphones From Their Android Slumber

    Finnish startup Jolla is open for business. That’s the message CEO Marc Dillon was putting out, loud and clear, during two on-stage appearances at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona last week. Not a bad amount of stage time for a first time MWC attendee and a mobile upstart that hasn’t sold a single handset yet because it’s still busy making its first phone.

    The sales pitch Jolla is taking to carriers and consumers is that Android has become too dominant and is commodifying the industry, while Apple’s platform is too closed and controlled. Jolla’s MeeGo-based Sailfish OS exists to offer choice, to bring something different to an industry it argues is stagnating under the Android + iOS duopoly.

    “At the moment there’s not a lot of choices for consumers in the mobile space. There’s not a great deal of innovation,” Dillon tells TechCrunch. “I think that you have this duopoly with basically two operating systems and essentially two manufacturers. There’s a lot of manufacturers in the Android space but Samsung [dominates].

    The first Jolla-branded handset will be launched in time to capture the Christmas and Chinese New Year market, according to Dillon – making Q3 a likely timeframe, although “second half” is all he will be nailed down to. “We’re starting in China, then we’re going to Finland, then we’re going to penetrate into Europe,” he says.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sailfish OS SDK released for Linux, Windows and Mac

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sailfish Mobile OS Demo by Jolla’s CEO Marc Dillon

    At MWC 2013, Jolla launched its Sailfish SDK that was made available for download at According to marc Dillon the first application was developed 30 minutes after the SDK was officially released, according to Marc Dillon.

    After 11 years spent at Nokia, Marc Dillon left the mobile giant to continue the development of Meego under another name (Sailfish), a project that Nokia finally abandoned soon after deciding to adopt Windows Phone as its main OS for mobile in February 2011. Meego was started at Nokia as the OSSO project in 2006, then became Maemo, then Meego. As part of the Meego project, eight devices were created, including the N900 and the latest one, the N9, whose design inspired the current Nokia Lumia Series.

    The first employees were hired at Jolla in January 2012, and the company “started a culture of, basically, self-organized engineering, where there are minimal constraints on what it is required from people” said Marc Dillon, then he added: “we started on working on making our own products and today, we have developed 3 different business models, the first one is our own Jolla branded smartphone which will be starting to sell second half of 2013, the first market will be Finland, followed by China and then we will have some penetration in some Western markets, starting with Europe.”

    As for the two other business models, according to Marc Dillon, Jolla is able to help other companies to make “tailored smartphones”, which means, for example, that you could have a “Foursquare phone” or a “Deezer phone” where every part of the phone would be integrated into either your Foursquare or your Deezer experience, meaning that all the core OS applications such as contact, maps, calendar, could become highly integrated with Foursquare or Deezer or any other application.

    Basically, the idea is to “take down the existing walls that you have with Android or iOS, we could actually make a phone that is special for people who use Foursquare, and that would resonate with a lot of people.”

    Knowing that the Facebook phone was so intensively rumored, before Marc Zuckerberg officially denied the rumors in January, we can imagine that this business model could make sense at some point, as long as the software offers flexible and easy to use privacy settings.

    According to Jolla’s CEO, any Android handset provides a similar experience as the next one, so it is time to offer more choices in the mobile market.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sailfish Demo in Helsinki by Jolla’s CEO Marc Dillon – March 2013

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jolla Brings Wayland Atop Android GPU Drivers

    Jolla, the start-up company built around former Nokia N9 engineers developing the Sailfish OS for mobile phones, might be dating Wayland. Jolla’s Chief Research Engineer has made it possible to run Wayland atop Android GPU drivers. Additionally, it’s being done with glibc rather than Android’s Bionic libc derivative.

    Carsten Munk, the Chief Research Engineer at Jolla, has been working on a solution to enable the use of Wayland on top of Android hardware, particularly with its GPU drivers.

    Right now the patches aren’t out in the wild but Munk is planning on putting them out under LGPLv2.1. He sees this work as potentially benefiting not only the Sailfish OS but also OpenWebOS, Qt, KDE, GNOME, Hawaii, Nemo, Mer, EFL, etc.

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jolla boss: Android is to be replaced by any other OS

    Jolla Chairman Antti Saarnio presented the company signs a step in the Ernst & Young growth company conference in Helsinki.

    Company believes that the market is in high demand for the new operating system.

    “We will begin pre-sales of the phone in May, and the phone itself will be on sale a few months later. Coming on the market next year, the partners Sailfish phones, and the end of next year will start Sailfishin licensing,” Saarnio line.

    Saarnio says that the novelty is in demand.

    “By next year, the operating system is a significant breakthrough. Apple’s iOS and Android are obsolescent systems.”

    “In the current Android manufacturers do not have one, who is looking for a new operating system. And this new system is Android,” says Saarnio.

    But why is really a need for a new system to existing networks? Saarnio says that consumers want a better user experience than the current equipment is obtained. Sailfish provides, inter alia, multitasking.

    Jolla now employs about 70 people.


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    Jolla’s Marc Dillon teases world’s first Sailfish device, confirms launch in a couple of weeks

    So the rumor is true: the world’s first Jolla Sailfish device will be launching this month. In fact, Marc Dillon, the ex-CEO and now Head of Software Development at Jolla, was kind enough to flash the back of the product at the GMIC Beijing conference earlier today

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  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    VIDEO: Jolla posts teaser video, names smartphone launch date

    Jolla, a start-up founded by staff from Nokia’s elite Meego-N9 smartphone development team, has posted a teaser video hinting at the imminent announcement of its first smartphone.

    The video uses the tagline, “I am the other half” and ends with the message, “All will be revealed on [the] 20th of May.”

    In October of last year, the company successfully raised €200 million ($US258 million) from a variety of telecommunications industry players, following the initial funding the company received through Nokia’s Bridge project.

    By November, the company demonstrated its forthcoming MeeGo-based Sailfish OS platform during its presentation at the Slush developer conference in Finland.

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  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jolla announces its first Sailfish OS smartphone
    Available in Europe later this year

    FINNISH STARTUP Jolla announced the first smartphone to run its Sailfish mobile operating system (OS) on Monday, ahead of its European release later this year.

    The Jolla smartphone is the first handset to run Jolla’s Sailfish OS, which is essentially a reworked version of Nokia’s now defunct Meego OS. The Sailfish OS is compatible with Android apps, Jolla boasted, and features a predominantly gesture based user interface.

    The Jolla handset will be available in Europe by the end of 2013, sporting a €399 price tag. It’s available to preorder now and there are three preorder options available.

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  48. Tomi Engdahl says:

    While the Finns still mourning the loss of Nokia to Microsoft, the company’s former operations manager of the Asia-Thomas Zilliacus wants to take nokia forms of know-how Android. This is a new attempt through Newkia company.

    Zilliacus idea is to hire a former Nokia of top talent and develop with them devices on the Android platform. That would be the Zilliacus have had to do with Nokia in the first place, rather than the company chose the most devastating consequences for the Windows Phone platform.

    Zilliacus goal is hard, it should make the first phone on the market next year. Impossible is not a chore, because Android Exporting to a finished device platform is not a huge time-consuming chore. Instead Zilliacus idea that the market should offer something new to the project may be formed factor in the delays.



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