Report: Jolla launching MeeGo-based Sailfish OS next month


Jolla is slated to unveil its first smartphone based on Nokia's (NYSE:NOK) abandoned MeeGo platform next month, The Wall Street Journal reports. Additional details on the device, including Jolla's manufacturing partner, are unknown.

Jolla--established earlier this year by ex-Nokia staffers--has raised $258 million from a variety of telecommunications industry players to launch to MeeGo-based operating system, codenamed Sailfish. Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola said the firm will distribute Sailfish to device manufacturers free of charge, and it plans to generate revenue by licensing proprietary software features and from intellectual property rights. "We're also looking into mobile advertising models as a potential source of revenue," Hurmola said.

Jolla began work on Sailfish in late 2011, stating "The OS has evolved from MeeGo OS using Mer Core and Qt with Jolla technology including its own brand new UI." Hurmola told the Journal that interest in the platform has increased in recent weeks as handset makers explore potential options to distance themselves from Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, which is the focus of patent disputes between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and other smartphone makers.

"Much of the recent litigation between Apple and Android makers have touched upon user-interface infringement," Hurmola said. "Our software is well-patented and we haven't copied anybody. That's a big opportunity for device makers." Hurmola previously stated that Sailfish-based phones and tablets will support Android apps via OpenMobile's Application Compatibility Layer technology, which leverages the Android runtime environment and the Dalvik virtual machine to run all 600,000-plus native apps in the Google Play storefront.

The open-source MeeGo combines Nokia' former Maemo platform with Intel's former Moblin efforts. Nokia effectively halted its participation in the project in early 2011 after inking a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) that positions the software maker's Windows Phone mobile operating system as Nokia's primary smartphone platform. Intel abandoned MeeGo roughly a year ago, throwing its support behind Tizen, the Linux-based cross-architecture device software platform backed by the Linux Foundation and LiMo Foundation.

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