Jolla is shipping Sailfish OS to India through major deal
Finnish startup Jolla has struck a major deal with India’s second largest smartphone vendor Intex Technologies to produce a smartphone using Jolla’s operation system Sailfish OS. Intex is the first smartphone maker to license Jolla’s operating system. The first gadgets are expected in late 2015.
Jolla announced the co-operation with Intex at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, where the company also presented the latest update to its operating system, Sailfish OS 2.0. The update is the biggest in Sailfish’s history so far.
Jolla’s strategy is to focus on the emerging markets in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS countries). The partnership with one of India’s largest smartphone makers is accompanied by Jolla’s announcement to launch a regional mobile ecosystem called Sailfish India. Besides Intex, the Indian internet and online sales giants Times Internet and Snapdeal are also on board.
“In our BRICS country strategy we have been proceeding fastest in India, which is one of the most important markets in the future of mobile,” says Antti Sarnio, Jolla’s executive chairman.
“We have seen a lot of interest among Indian device vendors, digital media houses, and mobile operators, and they all are very keen to work with an alternative to the currently dominating mobile operating systems. India deserves its own regional mobile ecosystem, an open platform, which supports local Indian services and businesses.”
Earlier this year Jolla announced that it co-operates with the mobile operator Namibian Telecom to make its own smartphone running Sailfish OS available in Namibia. Jolla has also garnered a lot of interest in Russia, whose market is also a possible target for Intex Technologies.
Jolla is based in Helsinki and has offices in Tampere and Hong Kong and employs 125 people.