Jolla hires designers behind Huawei devices, Nokia E-Series for Sailfish phone

Jolla hires designers behind Huawei devices, Nokia E-Series for Sailfish phone

Summary: Gearing up for its China launch, Jolla has tapped the designers behind Huawei's smartphones.

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Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup steered by ex-Nokians, has teamed up with the design firm behind Nokia's E-Series device line.

Infinity, a Finnish design company, has been working with Jolla for the past six months on the design of Jolla's forthcoming device using its MeeGo-based Sailfish OS, it announced on Monday.

The company has not shared any details about what the device it's working with Jolla on and would not disclose how many models it has been contracted to design when contacted by ZDNet.

Jolla is working on its own Sailfish smartphone while also allowing Sailfish OS alliance partners to build their own devices around the platform.

Infinity's history in mobile design includes work on Nokia's E-Series phone, as well as more than 50 Nokia headsets and chargers, according to Infinity's CEO, Mikko Kämäräine.

"We worked extensively on E-Series and were the subcontractor that helped design that," Kämäräine told ZDNet.

More recently, Infinity has designed a number of Huawei's smartphones for the Chinese market and its new Android Ascend, launched at this year's Mobile World Congress, according to Kämäräine.

Huawei for its part has been investing more in Finland, late last year committing to €70m over five years to establish a smartphone R&D facility in Helsinki for its Windows and Android devices.

Topics: Mobile OS, Smartphones

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  • Jolla rules! :)

    That's great!
    I used to love Nokias E-series phones, such as the E7...
    If Jolla will come up with new devices of same quality and style as the forme Nokia phones and an improved version of the MeeGo OS we will probably see Jolla overtaking Nokia in two years :P
    hacho
  • It had a chance once

    But it's a Android IOS world I don't like it but it's true
    marks055@...
  • mhh...

    It runs Android apps.
    And it will be available in Asia and Europe first, where people are very considered about storing their data abroad.
    I guess you're wrong - it will become for the IT-professionals what BBOS is for the Enterprise.
    hacho
    • IS vs WAS

      I guess you're wrong - it will become for the IT-professionals what BBOS WAS for the Enterprise. The "WAS" is important because timing is important. I will look this over as it matures. Could be interesting. Pricing and ability to buy unlocked will be of importance.
      jkohut
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