Jolla: Join the Tribe

The Movement


I am Marc Dillon, and it’s an honour and a privilege to bring you something that I’m really excited about, the world’s first real Jolla device running the Sailfish operating system.


But to make this really great, we need your help.

Show that there is a market for Jolla by participating in our pre-order campaign.

Jolla is about participation and contribution also, so if you are a blogger, please write about us. If you are an application developer, start creating sailfish applications, if you are into design and fashion, start creating new styles for Jolla.

But most importantly, Jolla is a movement.

Join the Tribe.


Thank you!
(transcript from join the tribe video)

Jolla Smartphone Video

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Jolla: The Future Smartphone Beckons

The future begins: May 20th 2013

It has been about 2 years since the Nokia N9 was released, and it remains the main smartphone for work and otherwise for me.

Despite the fact that I have bought an Android phone for work-specific purposes (screen size, stylus and specific app), it wasn’t long before it became clear that carrying the N9 with me as my main smartphone in addition to the Android was well worth the effort.

After almost a year, I am still trying to figure out how to use the Android phone. With the N9, it took me about 3 days.

Despite making many mental notes that Android is not Meego, I constantly find myself “swiping” away on the Android phone and getting nothing in return.

The UI on the N9 was and still is truly liberating.

The other bug bear on the Android phone was that everything was tied to Google services. You can’t even back-up your own data if you don’t sign up to the Google cloud services.

This was simply not acceptable.

The user paid for the phone and the OS and should retain the right to choose, not otherwise.

Somehow, it just felt like I was using iOS all over again, rather than an open-source OS like Meego. Another well dressed “eco-system” with sky-high concrete garden walls which once you get in, you can’t get out.

There is no doubt this will be the last Android foray for me.

Which is why it gladdens the heart to know that the Jolla Smartphone sets sail tomorrow.

Based on the fact that the core team behind Sailfish is also the same who delivered a near-perfect user-centric Meego Harmattan OS, which after only version 1.3 iteration, it has not crashed on me despite using it as my main work-phone, GPS Navigation unit for cross continental holidays, back-up camera for overseas holidays, daily calendar reminders for work, anniversaries and play, storage of over 100 text messages from my better-half, internet surfing and booking tickets, personal notes and self-reminders, download paid music and games, streaming my whole gigabyte collection of music via bluetooth to my bluetooth speakers, waking me up for work everyday for over 1 and a half years, drag and drop files from desktop to phone and vice versa with USB cable only and more.

Every call gets through. No dropping of connection, even while all the above is going on. And yes, the screen was a little small but I know I can do everything using only one hand.

For sure.

Did I add that it takes less than 5 minutes to do a full back-up on the phone itself, and then, I can just plug the phone with a USB cable to my desktop and transfer the back-up file on to the hard drive. It then becomes part of my DVD/Blue-ray back up disks for my desktop system.

All the data that means something to me, safe, and in my own hands.

This is what open-source truly means to the user. Power to create, freedom to use and rights to one’s own data.

From the polls, 9 out 10 voters are waiting for a smartphone like the N9 to come back into their world. People who bought the N9 knew full well that it was not going to be supported. But we bought it all the same because we knew that it was different, and it represented a different way of doing things, where the need of the user comes first.

The Jolla team is the embodiment of this same spirit, and the fact that Jolla is set to sail tomorrow despite the impossible odds stack up against them, shows how committed the team has been to this ideal.

Jolla, unlike others, is more than just a phone or software. It represents a dream. A dream of a better world, where community is bigger than corporate greed, manifested by lock-ins and endless cycle of upgrades and inconsequential software and OS, designed to fail from the start.

Jolla is Unlike. And we love you for being Unlike!!!

The future begins tomorrow.

We are right behind you, as always.

Jolla @twitter

Jolla @facebook

Jolla @linkedin

Enjoy the videos and the Jolla Love Day icons from Jolla and fans.

Presenting Jolla

I am the other half





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N9 Meego’s Long Awaited Resurrection: Jolla

With 5 letters, Meego is reborn

Press Release: July 7, 2012
Jolla Ltd. Helsinki, Finland

Jolla Ltd.Hiilikatu 3 | FI-00180 Helsinki, Finland


MeeGo Smartphones and Operating System Find a New Life in Jolla Ltd.

Jolla Ltd. is an independent Finland based smartphone product company which continues the excellent work that Nokia started with MeeGo.

The Jolla team is formed by directors and core professionals from Nokia’s MeeGo N9 organisation, together with some of the best minds working on MeeGo in the communities.

Jussi Hurmola, CEO Jolla Ltd.: “Nokia created something wonderful – the world’s best smartphone product. It deserves to be continued, and we will do that together with all the bright and gifted people contributing to the MeeGo success story.”

Jolla Ltd. will design, develop and sell new MeeGo based smartphones.

Together with international private investors and partners, a new smartphone using this MeeGo based OS will be revealed later this year.Jolla Ltd. has been developing a new smartphone product and the OS since the end of 2011.

The OS has evolved from MeeGo OS using Mer Core and Qt with Jolla technology including its own brand new UI.

The Jolla team consists of a substantial number of MeeGo’s core engineers and directors, and is aggressively hiring the top MeeGo and Linux talent to contribute to the next generation smartphone production.

Company is headquartered in Helsinki,
Finland and has an R&D office in Tampere, Finland.


Jolla Ltd.

Dr. Antti Saarnio – Chairman & Finance
Mr. Jussi Hurmola – CEO
Mr. Sami Pienimäki – VP, Sales & Business Development
Mr. Stefano Mosconi – CIO
Mr. Marc Dillon – COO


Meego is the natural evolutionary successor to Windows and iOS.

It cannot be stopped.

Meego is the future for mobile computing and more. Now with Jolla, there is light for the future and for all users and developers alike.

The Jolla team is making aggressive statements regarding their MeeGo development. CEO Jussi Hurmola stated that they will be revealing a MeeGo-based smartphone later this year. They have been working on this project and the OS since the end of 2011.

The Jolla project will go down in history as the first company to have a global applications market and fiercely loyal and passionate developer and customer base before their first product is even launch.

The future of open source has just got brighter.

Light up the darkness!!!

Jolla on LinkedIn
Jolla on facebook
Jolla on Twitter

Founded on 1 October 2011

Enjoy your N9.

You can now look forward to more!!!


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Nokia N9 Meego PR 1.3 Goes Live Worldwide

Meego N9 Resurrection

Meego Lives

In fact, a resurrection may be in order.

To much a coincidence that the 3rd update (PR 1.3 official release statement) was released on the day the new Nokia chairman declared on live TV that “We have a plan B if Windows Phone fails”

Well, the Windows Phone Lumia experiment has failed. Meego Harmattan 1.2 PR 1.3 is Plan B.


Meego is the natural successor to Windows and iOS. Powerful, efficient, safer, ubiquitous and open source. It can run on phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and even cars.

With QT, is write once run everywhere. Literally.

Espoo just needs to clearly show that support for Meego is real and programmers and developers will return by the droves to Espoo.

Enough messing about with the N9 wannabes.

The fact that there were programmers willing to code over 1000 bug fixes for the “Dead man Walking” Meego OS until the very last day at work shows how strong the love and commitment developers and programmers have for Meego at Espoo.(Official Change Logs)

Many thousands, even tens of thousands more share the same passion in the community.

Since Jean Louis Gassée called for the resignation of Stephen Elop 2 days ago, the removal of Stephen Elop as the CEO of Nokia by Risto Siilasmaa, the new Nokia Chairman, has become a real possibility.

The metaphor of the founder of the largest Finnish antivirus company
looking over the shoulder of the worlds most infamous trojan horse is wholly apt!

In another program cycle or two, the virus will be disinfected. It seems only a matter of time now.

Of course, Espoo will not survive another Osbourne effect so support
for Elop and Windows Phone will be loud and clear until the day this happens, and he is quietly asked to leave.

By the backdoor, of course. The same way he got in.

Happy Belated 1st Birthday to the Nokia N9!!!

1 year old and still loved by Millions all over the World!!!

The time is ripe for a proper worldwide release of the second Meego smartphone. The N9 RS.

Why RS? Why “Resurrection” of course!!

The best may yet to come!

Enjoy your Nokia N9 PR 1.3 release in the time being!!!


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Nokia Lumia 900 Officially Obsolete

Nokia Lumia 900 and Windows Phone 7.x Officially Obsolete

We have blogged on this many weeks ago following the comments of Paul Thurrotts at the Windows Supersite.

The biggest difference now is that it is official. Not only is Windows Phone 8 apps not backward compatible with all Windows Phone 7.x (including the yet to be release Windows Phone 7.8 Update) handsets, including the Lumia 900 and all other Lumia handsets to date, there will be no upgrade path for these owners either.

This effectively means that the Nokia Windows Phone 7.5 flagship is obsolete barely one and a half month after its retail release in the UK market. With developers forced to develop for the “new ecosystem”, aka Windows Phone 8, so that they can write once run everywhere like what Meego Harmattan could already do, the app market for all Windows Phone 7.x will shrivel up and disappear.

Carriers are already shunning the Nokia Pureview 808 handset for the same reasons. O2 and 3 have already confirmed that they will not be carrying the Symbian Pureview handset.

With an unlock set priced at more than £450, it is unlikely to sell many units in the UK or anywhere else for the matter. Unicore processor and bulky design fails to make up for other shortcomings when there are handsets like the Galaxy S3 already out in the market and Samsung Note 2 expected by October.

The same fate awaits Lumia 900 (also more than £450 SIM free) and other Lumia Windows 7.x handsets, as the Galaxy S3 with 4 cores, living OS and all the other bells and whistles will cost you the same (free delivery with Amazon UK).

Its suicidal marketing for Nokia.

The days of Nokia are truly over. Nokia have been dragged through the garden path filled with thorns, spines and prickles and come out very poorly for it. The closing of the original manufacturing plant at Salo by Elop speaks volumes of how far the great and mighty Nokia have fallen. The chucking of Meltemi, the core of the plan to connect the next billion, portends the same dreadful end.

Nokia shares have fallen below 2 euros per share and continues to descent unabatedly. There is no bottom. How can there be with all the above happening?

The people at the sales department at Nokia will have a very rude shock in Q3 when they wake to find that the ground have given way beneath them in terms of sales of smartphones with high profit per unit ratio like the Lumia 900 and Pureview 808.

It will be surprising if the combined sales worldwide of the two exceeds 2 million units in Q3, if it even passes the million mark at all.

Meego was the natural successor to Windows and iOS. The N9 was the market disruptor for smartphones.

Now, this title falls to the lap of the Galaxy S3 handset, especially since Samsung have released the source code for the S3 operating system less than a week after the release of the Galaxy S3!

With sites and community like CyonogenMod and the above, the possibility for users and developers are endless. The dreams of Meego and the open source community have in a way been reborn in the world of Samsung Android smartphones!

Powerful, efficient, safer, ubiquitous and open source. Meego could run on phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and even cars.

With QT, it was write once run everywhere. Literally.

Developers would have fallen over each other to support it. All users would have benefited.

It would have been the end of the iron fist monopolistic rule of Microsoft and Apple overnight.

This is the reason for the covert take over of Nokia by Microsoft. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Nokia means nothing to Microsoft now as the destruction is complete. It is just a matter of disassembling Nokia piecemeal and assimilating the useful parts.

Why, Microsoft is already looking at designing and producing “Microsoft Phones“. What use would Nokia be to them anymore, apart from providing NavTeq Navigation apps for the upcoming Windows 8 phone at no cost to Microsoft and nice juicy IP patents from Nokia to its collection when the covert take over is complete?

A most elegant demonstration of the power and effectiveness of extend, embrace and extinguish.

Bravo Ballmer!

As for Nokia, its curtains.


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Nokia N9 Second Coming

Nokia N9 Signs of a Second Coming

In the hiatus since our last blog, many events have occured as expected.

Despite all the hype, millions of marketing dollars and the
vindictive efforts by Elop to kill-off the first commercially viable and technically successful open source mobile phone operating system, Meego Harmattan 1.2 and starving Nokia to near death in the process, the jury is now out and it is clear that the burning platform that Stephen Elop stood on in 2011 was Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system and not Nokia’s Symbian or Meego.

The Mango platform, also known as Windows Phone 7.5 continues to burn as the total world market share in quarter 3 of 2011 was only 1.5%.

To put this in perspective, this is less market share than what BADA mobile phone has managed to achieve in the same time period.

BADA who? That’s right. BADA who.

The numbers are not much better in Q1 2012 after the impregnation of Nokia smartphones with Windows Phone 7.5, only reaching 2% of all total mobile phone operating system in US, the backyard of Windows.

That is how dire the commercial future for Windows Phone 7.x is at the moment.

Coupled with the fact that the expected release of Windows Phone 8 (aka Apollo) in Q2/3 of 2012 which is not backward compatible with any of the Lumia handsets from Nokia or any other Windows Phone 7.x handsets, there really is no future for Windows Phone 7.x any longer, or Windows Phone for that matter.

Shockingly, the Lumia 900 handset which runs on Windows Phone 7.5 has not even been release for sale in the UK as of early May 2012.

This means that the Lumia 900 would be obsolete even before it is sold in the UK without any hope of future updates for end-users.

What is even worst is that the development tools for applications, the life-blood of any “ecosystem”, will also no longer be supported for Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.0.

To compound the problem even further, Samsung has confirmed amongst many others that they will be releasing Windows Phone 8 handsets latest by October 2012. Many others are likely to follow. This gives the Lumia handsets a 5 months lifespan at the most, including the Lumia 900.

Hence, the Lumia 900 is a Windows Phone 7.5 “superphone” that is effectively dead on arrival in the US and UK markets. And this is the phone
that is supposed to reverse the 1.3 Billion loss for Nokia in first 3 months of 2012.

It does not look like this is going to happen and Nokia shareholders
should expect another downgrade of their shares to junk status by
Moody’s rating agency. It is already junk in the books of Standard and Poor’s and Fitch rating agencies.

It is clear why.

Microsoft’s business model is a purely investor-centred one. Matters not if the millions of users of Windows based desktop or mobile devices are left in the cold as a result of their endless cycles of “upgrades” which are not backward compatible.

Everytime Microsoft kills one version of their operating system in order to promote the next one, users are left standing with the stark choice of pay and pay more in order to continue to have access to what is essentially the user’s own private digital property (documents, digital memories, applications, digital entertainment, etc) or face digital extinction.

Of course, the process of digital extinction by Microsoft is a slow one. First, there is no longer any incremental Service Pack updates. Then there will be no security patches. Then, applications will no longer run and neither will new versions of the same application.

Finally you will lose all access to all your data, that is if the thousands of hackers don’t get to your windows-based device first from the un-patched security holes.

This process has begun for Windows Phone 7.x Smartphones with the recent announcement that Windows mobile phones pre 7.5 will no longer be able to download or even buy applications from the Windows Phone Marketplace!

The same fate will likely follow for Lumia 900 owners in about 1 years time after Windows Phone 8 is released. Who would want to buy phones like this?

Is there any wonder why there is no interest in Windows-based mobile devices in the whole wide world?

Is there any wonder why there was such an outcry from ordinary people when Elop tried to kill off the Nokia N9 Meego Harmattan 1.2?

Of course not.

Which brings us nicely to the main part of this article.

There have been a few signs that there will be a second coming of the Nokia N9. This is wholly expected as it is the only smartphone that has the ability to reverse the precipitous decline and impending implosion of Nokia as a corporation due to the Microsoft-centric policies of Stephen Elop.

It has worldwide acclaim and continued sustained consumer interest worldwide (over 12 million hits at GSMArena alone) despite almost zero marketing efforts and all of Elop’s efforts to make sure that it doesn’t see the light of day.

The Nokia N9 continues to gather awards more than a year after the proclamation of its death by Elop, the latest being the prestigious Design and Art Direction Yellow Pencil Award for interactive design in April 2012.

“the coveted ‘yellow pencil’ is ‘recognised the world over as a symbol of true creative achievement”

Need we say more?

Although Stephen Elop has refused to release the full data of the sales of all it’s Windows Phone 7.5, Symbian and Meego Harmattan 1.2 handsets for the examination of users and investors alike, there is emerging data to suggest that the Nokia N9 sold at least as many handsets, if not more than all the Lumia phones combined.

This is in spite of the active Stephen Elop enforced blanket ban of the N9 from the biggest and most active smartphone markets in the world like USA, UK, Germany, Canada, etc.

When one takes into account that the N9 is still the most expensive premium Nokia phone, has the highest profit per device and has essentially no marketing effort, is still the most irrationally loved smartphone device in the world, it is clear where the salvation for Nokia as a company, and for investors in terms of the value of their shares, lies.

Nokia shares are now trading at a 15 year low, worth only Euro 2.39 on the 4th of May.

The Nokia board of directors needs to remember that Nokia is not just another OEM manufacturer for mobile phones.

Up to early 2011, Nokia and its products represented a way of life which hundreds of millions of end users believed in and so did the investors.

The 300 million loyal Nokia customers whom had shared the same corporate vision of Nokia prior to the Windows Phone takeover and now left in the cold are also in need of this second coming.

Perhaps, just perhaps, the voices and prayers of many will be answered as this article suggests. The same needs to happen for UK, Canada, Germany, Japan, India and all the other major smartphone markets in the world.

Enjoy the impending release of the Nokia N9 P.R 1.3 upgrade expected in the end of May 2012, the 3rd firmware upgrade for the Nokia N9 in less than 1 year!!!

This is the same “customers first” attitude and action of Nokia past that had made it the most successful and most loved mobile phone company in the world. Sadly,this is no longer the case.

Still, the best may yet to come for the Nokia N9.

Enjoy your N9!

Buy Meego, Leave Elop.


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Nokia N9 Launches in China with Viral Video

N9 Wows with Fan Bingbing “UnFollow”

If I was a director, I would have made the same movie, to depict the N9’s epic struggle against the conventional, against being force to be something else, against being “Un-Nokia”…

Be true to yourself…

Be like the Nokia N9.

Enjoy the video amd the translation below 😉


If you had a chance to choose, would you be someone else?
This is not a matter of choice, I will not doubt myself.

Can I survive in the face of critism?
As much as I have survived on praise.

If others choose to endure, then I choose to resist.
If others choose to compromise, then I choose to fight.

It doesn’t matter if the future will be brilliant,
I won’t give up on today.

You may think I am crazy,
As I think everyone is too ordinary.

I am true.

I will show my true self.

Nokia N9…Unfollow!!!

Link to the video:

Welcome to China’s 1.3 Billion Market!!!

Dare to be Different!!!

Here’s a most recent user-review of this “Ferrari-of-a-smartphone



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