Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post by Cedric Kamtsan, Business Director at DNA's Handset and Subscription Business on the DNA engine blog.
The co-operation between DNA and Jolla has been awesome. More than twelve months of mutual journey was culminated on Wednesday 27.11. approx. 7 p.m. when the world’s first Jolla phone was sold to a customer. The atmosphere at the event was off the roof. It was nice to see such a large gathering of media buzzing around the DNA <3 Jolla tent. We at DNA highly value the possibility of being involved in building the next Finnish success story with such a great potential.
DNA has been involved in the development process of the phone, bringing in the end-user viewpoint to maximize the user-friendliness. Personally I’m extremely satisfied with the gesture based Sailfish operating system that runs smoothly. Jolla is a perfect match for those who want to stand out from the masses with a handset that can be modified to match the user’s preferences.
Editor’s note: This is post by Johanna Eiramo, one of our residents at the Minimum Viable Office and a marcomm specialist.
The big event tent in the middle of the Narinkkatori square in Helsinki shone bright in the signature pink of the Finnish mobile operator DNA on Thursday, November 27th. 450 The inside of the tent was buzzing with the energy of 450 Jolla fans, waiting patiently to get to buy their pre-ordered handset before the rest of the world. Many tried to play it cool, but the excitement was tangible.
The first 450 among the tens of thousands pre-ordered Jolla-phones will be sold for eager early bird customers on the 27th of November from a DNA stand at Helsinki’s busiest central mall. The product launch was announced yesterday at the startup event Slush, after an emotional speech by Jolla’s founder Marc Dillon.
Jolla is in the news again, and they are telling us that the first batch of the Jolla smartphones was fully booked. What this means exactly is hard to decode, as we unfortunately do not have the exact numbers rather than the fact that the orders came from over 136 countries. At the very least it means that there has been enough interest to continue production.
UPDATE: We now know for sure that a Jolla spokesperson said that the size of the production batch for a mobile device vendor of this size is typically 50,000 units. This however does not theoretically mean that they received 50 000 pre-orders, just that they had to actually place an order with the factories for at least 50 000 units.
This is definitely great news for the Finland-based smartphone company. Tomi Pienimäki, the current CEO of Jolla commented: "We are delighted to see this great worldwide interest towards our very first device. When you see someone wearing an ‘I am the First One’ T-shirt, you see a proud future owner of Jolla.”
Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post for the DNA Engine Blog by Marc Dillion, head of Jolla's Sailfish development.
Jolla was born out of passion. We saw that we had a chance to make something really unique, and we decided to do it although seemed crazy to many people at the time. We have proven that by being different, doing unlike things and spreading the love, we can create a world class product with enormous demand and support from the world.
As you've likely seen today, Finnish handset up-and-comer has started showing off their hardware at a demo event in Helsinki. I'll let others tell you how their market viability is, but if anything they're going to be a fun company to watch.
With Ubuntu and Firefox also getting into the handset game, they've got competition even among up-and-comers, let alone the giants like Apple and Android. They say there's plenty of room for innovation to challenge the larger competition, as as far as the newer competitors, they believe their experience in hardware, coming from Nokia, will be their path to success. As ex-CEO and current Head of Sailfish Marc Dillon says, "We know how to make products."
But it's unclear if they're really fighting in the specs war in the mid-to-high range, given they haven't released too many specs aside from 16GB + microSD memory, 8 MP camera, and 4G capability, and a removable battery. As co-founder Sami Pienimäki puts it, "The whole point of Jolla is to innovate in the combination of hardware and software."
Jolla has been teasing us for a very long time now and having written over four articles about them, we still had no idea what the phone or the OS was really about. Until now. Just minutes ago, we had a live demo by Martin Schuelle, Jolla's Head of Design and it all finally makes sense.
The OS is using the screen space more effectively than anything else out there with some very cool features that make the phone really stand out. However instead of writing it all out, how about we just show you the video:
Jolla has been definitely making headlines around the media for the past year. First, they were very secretive about what Jolla is all about, had no website and basically built up a lot of hype around their company. When we had our first interview with Jussi Hurmola, then the CEO of Jolla, there was not much to talk about except their plans to take on Apple and Samsung with a phone of their own.
Following the launch at Slush, that we covered earlier, we had a nice interview with Marc Dillon, CEO of Jolla. Marc is formerly the COO of Jolla and in the recent restructuring of the company, replaced Jussi Hurmola as the CEO.
With all the people talking about Jolla, I wanted to figure out what exactly is Jolla. The short answer, according to Marc, is that it is a new branded mobile phone company. While at the same time they are also developing the Sailfish operating system. So basically it is like Google and Android, just not as big, yet.
To give you a taste of the speakers at this year's Arctic15 conference we decided to run a few short interviews. Today we present to you Horace Dediu, the founder and author of Asymco.
Dediu writes about the mobile industry and the changes taking place there. Asymco has been cited numerous times by The Economist and other respected publications. He is also one of the most accurate "non-professional" (by industry standards) analysts on Apple and it's quarterly financial performance.
You'll find the interview below, but I would also like to remind startups that today is the last day to apply to our startup competition!
Editor's note: Please see correction at the end of the article for an update.
We covered Jolla in July as they set about an ambitious task to build a MeeGo phone. Nokia built N9, which was their first MeeGo phone and discontinued the line later on. This meant that N9 was their only MeeGo enabled phone. Many thought that this was a crucial mistake for Nokia as the phone immediately received fans around the world for its UI and usability. One thing that was missing though, at least to the comparison of iOS and Android, was the app ecosystem. Jolla, a new Finnish based venture has picked up the pieces and is planning to release a MeeGo enabled phone later this year.
One of the questions, and perhaps the most important one, that has been asked from Jussi Hurmola, the CEO of Jolla, is that of: "How do you plan to solve the problem with building an app ecosystem for the phone?". Tero Lehto from Finnish 3T publication interviewed Jussi Hurmola and learned that the company will be enabling Android (although he does not want to officially disclose it just yet) as well as Qt-applications.
and HTML5-applications to their platform through something that is called ACL (application compatibility layer) Jolla PR got in touch with us and told us that the use of ACL is currently speculation. They will be announcing more information regarding this later this year.