Finnish startup Jolla that is offering the alternative smartphone OS Sailfish, well-known to all Nokia phones and regularly covered here on the blog, was profitable in 2020. Built as a successor of MeeGo, the Linux-based Sailfish OS saw good adoption in Russia, mainly with the government, but is also available to general consumers on certain Sony devices.
As TechCrunch.com is writing, Jolla’s revenue from 2019 to 2020 grew 50% to 5.4 million euro. At the same time, the cost of doing business has stabilized which resulted in Jolla recording profit for 2020. The company is launching a new offering called “AppSupport for Linux Platforms” that allows running Android applications, but without the need of using and licensing the whole Sailfish OS. This offering is targeting automakers that are building solutions for their cars, but don’t want to rely on Google or license Google Auto.
Jolla’s CEO and co-founder Sami Pienimäki said that the company is doing fine and they are seeing strong interest for the new AppSupport platform. Jolla is also planning to raise 20 million euro to push the rollout of the new offering and strengthen the Sailfish licensing business. You can read the details at TechCrunch by clicking here.