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Jolla Sailfish phone almost on offer to pre-bookers (but not for the US)

Jolla Sailfish phone almost on offer to pre-bookers (but not for the US)

Smartphone startup Jolla will open up sales of its Sailfish OS handset to pre-booking customers from today, the company has confirmed, with initial deliveries expected to begin in December. The new phone - which will also go on sale later this month at physical stores in Finland - is priced at the equivalent of around $513 off-contract and SIM-free, and uses a new platform based on Nokia-abandoned MeeGo.

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Samsung confirms Tizen handsets for 2013

Samsung confirms Tizen handsets for 2013

With Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility last year, manufacturers of Android-based devices such as Samsung are, as evidenced by their announcement today*, making moves to cut down their reliance on the big G. This announcement comes straight from Samsung in Suwon, South Korea, where Samsung has made it clear that they're moving forward with Tizen on a real significant scale.

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Doomed MeeGo tablet revealed with Verizon-bound N9

Doomed MeeGo tablet revealed with Verizon-bound N9

It's a rare opportunity that's been taken advantage of this week with the now near-dead mobile operating system MeeGo's former developers being rounded up and interviewed for a pack of information that gives us all a look into its short-lived dreams. It's Finnish site Taskumuro that has this set of interviews turned into a history of MeeGo complete with what essentially amounts to confirmation that Nokia was planning on bringing the Nokia N9 with MeeGo to Verizon - and that they had a tablet in the works as well. Wouldn't it be nice?

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Jolla’s MeeGo phone will run Android apps

Jolla’s MeeGo phone will run Android apps

Jolla, the Helsinki-based startup hoping to make use of Nokia’s abandoned MeeGo platform, has revealed additional details surrounding the phone it hopes to launch later in the year. Arctic Startup quotes publication 3T in detailing Jolla’s plans, with the company’s CEO, Jussi Hurmola, saying that the new OS will run HTML5 apps in addition to Qt apps. Not only that, but it looks like Jolla will employ one of RIM’s tactics for the BlackBerry PlayBook, hoping to run Android apps in addition to its own native offerings.

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Jolla plans to lock down its MeeGo phone, promises app store (UPDATE: Developer edition planned)

Jolla plans to lock down its MeeGo phone, promises app store (UPDATE: Developer edition planned)

Say what you will about Jolla, the startup hoping to bring MeeGo back from the dead, but the company certainly has spirit. Managing director of Jolla, Jussi Hurmola, understands that the platform needs solid third-party apps as well as a thriving app store to have any chance of surviving in the mobile market. He went on to say that the company is hoping to build up an ecosystem around MeeGo, and will put out its own app store that will let customers purchase and download apps.

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Jolla Mobile CEO: “MeeGo is not dead”

Jolla Mobile CEO: “MeeGo is not dead”

MeeGo got a reprise last week, when Finnish start-up Jolla Mobile announced it would be using the open-source OS for a smartphone push of its own, and now the company has been talking more about Nokia, app strategy and working in the shadow of the N9. CEO Jussi Hurmola sat down with The Voicemail, confirming that Jolla's public reveal had been prompted in part by excitement around the MeeGo PR1.3 update to the N9 last week, but that Nokia had known for some time that its abandoned OS was about to be resurrected.

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Nokia gifts MeeGo patents to Jolla startup [Update: Nokia denies]

Nokia gifts MeeGo patents to Jolla startup [Update: Nokia denies]

MeeGo-rescuing smartphone start-up Jolla Mobile hasn't just received incubator support from Nokia, the company has revealed, but a chunk of mobile patents from Nokia's portfolio. The Finnish company from which numerous MeeGo engineers left to set up Jolla reportedly freed up several patents to establish the new firm with, founder Jussi Hurmola told ItViikko; rather than blasting Nokia for axing MeeGo and refocusing on Windows Phone, "I would like to thank Nokia" Hurmola says. [Updated after the cut]

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