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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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Jolla Sailfish phone official with snap-on smart shells and Android support

Jolla Sailfish phone official with snap-on smart shells and Android support

Smartphone startup Jolla has revealed its first device, the Sailfish-powered Jolla, expected to ship by the end of the year. Running the MeeGo-derived OS on a dualcore processor, the Jolla phone packs a 4.5-inch display and heavily gesture-centric UI, as well as 4G connectivity and an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash.

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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 resurrects MeeGo with new “Sailfish” OS

Jolla resurrects MeeGo with new “Sailfish” OS

About a year ago, a project to develop a new mobile operating system called MeeGo was cancelled in favor of Tizen. Then, back in July, we were told that a group of Nokia ex-employees formed a startup called Jolla and would be reviving MeeGo. Fast forward to today, and we're now told that the Finnish-based company is getting funding to develop a new operating system based on MeeGo.

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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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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 9th, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 9th, 2012

This week we're jumping right in on the smart TV game with a review of the Samsung UN55ES8000, complete with an ultra-thin body and full 3D action. NASA is getting on board with a lovely new panoramic video of mars for your enjoyment. And for one more completely unrelated piece of news, the folks behind RoboCop 2013 have released a teaser trailer for OmniCorp that you're just going to love.

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Nokia ex-employees to revive Meego

Nokia ex-employees to revive Meego

So, what happens when a brand new smartphone operating system is fully built and ready for large-scale deployment but ends up being left for dead? If you ask a certain group of former Nokia employees, the answer is that you take it upon yourself to bring the OS back to life. That's exactly what Finnish startup Jolla is looking to do.

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Nokia N9 PR1.3 updates Twitter, Mail, Facebook and more

Nokia N9 PR1.3 updates Twitter, Mail, Facebook and more

Nokia has released an update for its N9 MeeGo smartphone, introducing numerous new features and bugfixes despite officially abandoning the platform itself. The handset, a handsome forerunner to the original Lumia 800, now gets MeeGo PR1.3, with the new update bringing "over 1,000 quality improvements" according to the Finnish company.

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