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Jolla's 'Sailfish' OS and Device to Launch in November

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Oct 2, 2012, 11:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Jolla will launch its new operating system and first smartphone as soon as next month, reports the Wall Street Journal. Jolla was formed earlier this year by a group of former Nokia employees. The company is using Nokia's MeeGo platform, since discontinued by Nokia, to create its own smartphone platform. The new platform is codenamed "Sailfish." The company didn't provide details about the new hardware, but said it has been working hard to create a unique platform that will run on touch-based smartphones, tablets, and even televisions. Sailfish will be able to run on both low-end and high-end hardware. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Jolla Chief Executive Jussi Hurmola said he believes the current climate in the smartphone market has companies seeking alternatives to Android and iOS. The company hopes to eventually license its Sailfish platform in addition to offering its own hardware. Jolla thinks the platform will be ready for licensing by spring 2013. The company recently scored more than $250 million in funding, and plans to open research and design facilities in China and Hong Kong.

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Oct 2, 2012, 3:06 PM

Do we really need all these different OS's?

Why keep reinventing the wheel when it's working just fine?
I think competition is good. I'm looking forward to a fresh approach and it has an Android compatibility layer so it is easy for the Android apps to be available for it.
Let's turn the clock back 3 years....to 2009...

There were at this time 6 major smartphone operating systems

Windows Mobile
Palm/Web OS

In the last 3 years, two of those options (Palm/WebOS and Symbian) ...
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