SGT CAPSLOCK writes:
Jolla Oy, developer of the Linux-based Sailfish OS for mobile devices as well as the creator of their namesake Jolla Phone and the soon-to-be-released Jolla Tablet, have announced that it will be restructuring the company. As per their official press release [pdf], the company has placed former Chairman of Board Dr. Antti Saarnio as its new leader, while former CEO Tomi Pienimäki has been appointed to a position outside of the company.
The press release states that a new company will be created to continue their hardware business while Jolla Oy (referred to as Jolla Ltd. in the press release) will be focusing its attention solely toward developing and licensing Sailfish OS itself.
I wonder if Nokia is interested in buying the software side? They've already expressed interest in getting back into the phone/tablet market and may be looking into alternatives for Android.
If they did and Sailfish was able to surpass Windows Phone in market share, it would be a hilariously ironic turn of events in the Nokia/Microsoft fiasco.
I've wondered for some time now if this has been the plan all a long, clean break with the huge mess that was all the old lines and the massive overhead it was causing, then jolla gets re-added after the agreed period that was in the microsoft contract.
If they really were going to re-integrate into Nokia proper, they really need to bring back Symbian since it actually made money. Oh, and open source it, for real this time?
At this point, Symbian may no longer matter. At least not on > $30 phones. Sailfish can run on modest enough hardware that it would make sense to deploy it across the line. Symbian could probably have been grown into something amazing by now if Nokia had executed perfectly. But it didn't. Nokia executed badly in the post-iPhone world. So the old featurephone OS just isn't a big selling point to any new customer in 2016-2020. (Yes, I know stuff like n95 was a mindblowing smartphone by the standards of the time, but at this point it wouldn't really be considered in teh same category as Android/iOS.)
Besides, split focus is a large part of what was killing Nokia originally. Just throwing their efforts at Sailfish and killing off internal competition politics as a possibility may be the strongest step forward.