Jolla goes full steam ahead in China
Jolla, the Finnish mobile company and developer of open mobile operating system Sailfish OS, has announced the birth of a new Sailfish China consortium.
The company signed an exclusive license agreement with the consortium, which wants to build an independent mobile operating system based on Sailfish OS for China. The Sailfish China consortium will develop Sailfish OS-based solutions for secure smartphones, the automotive industry, TV, IoT and smartwatches.
The Sailfish consortium aims to invest 250 million US dollars in the Sailfish ecosystem development in China.
Antti Saarnio, chairman of Jolla, says that Jolla has been aiming to offer Sailfish OS to the Chinese market since the company was founded. He notes that at the same time, China has attempted to build its own OS-based on Android.
“Building China’s national operating system strategy on code which is controlled by others, is like building your house on sand,” Saarnio explains. “It looks promising in the beginning, but in the long term it won’t last. Russia has already successfully implemented their own Sailfish OS version, supported by Jolla.”
Jolla also announced its support for Sony’s Open Devices Program, to “provide a leading hardware platform for Sailfish OS licensing customers and the Sailfish community”. Jolla intends to release an official version of Sailfish OS for a range of Sony Mobile’s Xperia devices.
On top of this, The Jala Group, founder of the Bolivian high-tech industry, has announced a strategic alliance with Jolla. This alliance will enable Jala to boost a low-cost hi-tech smartphone known as ACCIONE and further the company’s endeavours to ensure technological independence for Latin America.
Jolla was founded in 2011. The company has offices in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, and in Hong Kong.