Jolla to launch its Sailfish OS device in INDIA next month via snapdeal

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Earlier this week we saw reports about Mozilla’s plans to launch Firefox OS smartphones in the Indian market later this month, and Finnish company Jolla plans to launch its Sailfish OS device here within a month. The company sent out a tweet from its official account confirming India launch and has also mentioned an exclusively tie-up with Snapdeal.

China’s Xiaomi isn’t the only smartphone upstart that’s all set to enter India. Jolla, the Finland-based company that took over Nokia’s Meego mobile OS project, has announced plans to bring its €399 ($540) Sailfish OS device to the country within the next month, in partnership with e-commerce firm Snapdeal.

Jolla phones went on sale across Europe last December and the company has targeted China right from its inception in 2011, but India and its 1.2 billion population is also a key focus.

“India is the rising smartphone market of the world,” said Jolla co-founder and CMO Sami Pienimäkiin statement. “We have received a tremendous amount of interest… to enter this great market.”


The phone will début in India as early as next month. Price of Jolla smartphones in India is not confirmed, however the phone is expected to be priced below Rs 30,000. Jolla phones are available for orders online at its web shop at the price of Euro 399 to all European Union countries, Switzerland and Norway.

The company has built its own operating system Sailfish which will provide users alternative to Android, Windows, Blackberry and Apple’s iOS.

Jolla founders moved out of Nokia after the company, then led by Stephen Elop, decided to dump ‘Meego’ operating system and instead adopt the Windows platform.

Nokia in mid-2011 had unveiled only one phone-Nokia N9 on Meego in partnership with computer chip giant Intel. Microsoft has now acquired Nokia’s mobile devices business.

Currently, Jolla is a team of over 90 people and has offices in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland and Hong Kong, SAR of China. Jolla unveiled its first smartphone for about Rs 34,000 in November and is now expanding globally.

Its Sailfish OS is compatible with devices on which Android OS works. Jolla has started providing Sailfish OS through Android playstore on select devices like Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus and Sony Xperia, for people to experience this new platform.


MeeGo transformed to Sailfish: Nokia and Intel had been working on a new mobile OS based on Linux called MeeGo. Once Nokia shifted its attention to Windows Phone and stopped development of their MeeGo-based handsets, a number of members of the MeeGo team left Nokia to form Jolla in October 2011. They received funding from Nokia’s Bridge Program, which was designed to help ex-Nokia employees’ transition into a new job or start a venture. MeeGo transformed into Sailfish at Jolla. It is an open source OS and allows users to access Android applications via the Yandex Store. This will give Jolla an advantage other mobile OS platforms don’t have in India. Android is by some distance the dominant mobile OS in India.

Jolla co-founder and chief marketing officer Sami Pienimaki told The Economic Times that this is perfect time to enter India. He claimed that smartphone users constitute just 21% of all mobile phone users in the country, which will provide Jolla great scope to grow.

Spec details: The Jolla smartphone has a 4.5-inch IPS qHD display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM and 2100mAh battery. It has 16GB internal storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card. It features an 8 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone also offers the unique ‘The Other Half’ feature. Every time the colour of the back panel is changed it unlocks different UI themes.


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