Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 18:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless After a few months of relative silence and vagueness, we're finally getting something tangible from Jolla, the promising mobile phone company which came forth from former Nokia employees. It's ambitious - they're not just going to create a mobile operating system, not just a mobile phone, but an entire ecosystem, including cloud services and data centres. At its heart? The beautiful city of Hong Kong. The prime target market? China.
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RE: Developing for China
by gan17 on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 22:26 UTC in reply to "Developing for China"
gan17
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2008-06-03

Patents are definitely one reason. Market size is another. Then there's the untapped developer potential (sheer number of graduates) and bigger availability of future sponsors/backers.

It remains to be seen whether this will serve as a double-edged sword with regards to applications. The Chinese software/app market is kinda like the US sports market. Rest of the world doesn't get it.

Jolla might end up being kick-ass like Meego, or it might end up as Baidu's version of Android... or something in-between.

Either way, best of luck to them.

Edited 2012-10-02 22:27 UTC

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RE[2]: Developing for China
by zima on Sat 6th Oct 2012 16:55 in reply to "RE: Developing for China"
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2005-07-06

It remains to be seen whether this will serve as a double-edged sword with regards to applications. The Chinese software/app market is kinda like the US sports market. Rest of the world doesn't get it.

I'm genuinely curious what you mean here / some examples? :>
(BTW, some time ago I realised that Foxit is Chinese ...so maybe we also largely just don't realise how much software comes from / is made via off-shoring in PRC; Netants - my download manager of choice in dial-up days - also from there, IIRC)

Jolla might end up being kick-ass like Meego, or it might end up as Baidu's version of Android... or something in-between.

Not sure if "kick-ass" is the most fortunate description... (for example http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-n9-2-en.shtml & especially considering enormous R&D costs and the time it took; not sure from where the perpetuated myth comes, perhaps some people wish to see it as better than it was; and why should be expect much different from Jolla?...)

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RE[3]: Developing for China
by earlycj5 on Sun 7th Oct 2012 03:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Developing for China"
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2007-04-12

Not sure I'd put much stock in that review having used my N9 for the past 8 months now.

The updates have stabilized it greatly. Sure, the browser is lacking, but there are other options (it is Linux after all).

I'd agree, MeeGo turned out to be pretty kick-ass with Nokia's Swipe on top of it. Stability is second to none, I have no issues with multitasking. The only app that I can say will reliably give issues is the Twitter app. Other than that, the device is dead on reliable.

I have no illusions that Jolla will be MeeGo per se. But I'm certainly interested to see another Linux phone on the market.

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