“Tizen, Ubuntu Touch, Firefox OS: 2013 appears to be the year of the alternative smartphone OS,” Jo Best reports for ZDNet.
“By the end of this year, big name mobile operators like Telefonica and manufacturers including Samsung will have worked together to get devices running the OSes onto the market,” Best reports. “But it’s not just the big guys that want to upset the Apple-Android duopoly. Finnish startup Jolla is taking aim too. Founded in late 2011, the company making its own hardware and software (in the form of its Sailfish OS) and planning to have devices consumers’ hands in the last quarter of 2013.”
Best reports, “The startup was set up by five Nokia staffers who had worked on the company’s short-lived MeeGo effort — the open source OS now forms the basis of Sailfish — and initially funded by Nokia’s own Bridge programme, which helps finance departing employees’ new businesses… For any new smartphone OS, getting developer support — and therefore native apps — will be key to its success. While Jolla execs works on building its ecosystem in Europe and China, the company will be plugging Sailfish’s app gap using an Android compatibility layer.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: As long as the ideas are original, more power to ’em!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James Christman” for the heads up.]