Jolla – Developers Dream


JollaAfter five days of the first Jolla Smart Phone sold in Finland, experienced and Linux oriented customers are already sailing in deep seas with their Jolla’s. In the second day we could already find instructions about how to install Google Play into this phone, and a video showing how nicely GTA3 is running on Jolla Sailfish OS.

Sailfish OS


So, modifying the Jolla’s Sailfish OS is possible, and Jolla has made it easy too – In the phone settings you can change the phone to Developer Mode (caution on this, this is really ment for experienced users). No other mobile OS offers a developer mode, but in other systems like Android this can be done a bit trickier, via rooting the phone.

It’s obvious that Jolla hasn’t offered this option without purpose. Some possible benefits to Jolla for offering their customers a Developer Mode:

  • Jolla is looking for the best individual developers to hire them
  • Jolla gives part of their own work to the community, and via that Jolla Crew can offer better updates, faster, to all their customers (this kind of community work is common in Linux based, OpenSource enviroments)
  • Jolla is hoping for users to develope some of The Other Halfs
  • Jolla needs native Sailfish Apps fast, and this is one way to offer complete test devices for all interested in developing
  • Jolla’s Sailfish starts to spread around the world directly via the community
  • Jolla gains the votes of experienced mobile enthustiastics, and gains some marketing value via that

I see Jolla’s phones as a huge marketing fleet for the Salefish Operating System, which seems to be the main product of the company. In future we might see Jolla running campaigns where they award their customers for their work to develope and spread Sailfish all around the world.

Jolla’s strategy by Stefano Mosconi:
“Our plan is a three-phase one: first, we’ll do phones that are Jolla-branded. Then we’ll do co-branded phones – “Sailfish by Jolla.” And then the third wave will be to license the OS to third parties so that they can build on top of the existing open-source project -which we plan to keep open-source- and then we’ll differentiate with the UI.”

Jolla’s strategy by how I see it:
“Give a million ships to free, open minded sailors and follow them visiting all the harbours of the world, equipping their ships even better and showing their nice ships to their friends, inviting them to sailing with them.”

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Simo, to JollaTides

Student at University of Tampere, Finland
I'm an ex teacher and a self-made DB-nerd,
currenty studying more IT and writing to blogs.
Already sailing, Jolla phone In Hand.