Jolla celebrated its 10th birthday on October 14th and organized an event for its employees and community in Berlin to commemorate that. Jolla’s current CEO, Sami Pienimäki, held a nice presentation with some key points from the history of this company. While I knew that Jolla was struggling during 2015 and 2016 due to the difficulties of bringing hardware to the market which resulted in a complete overhaul of the company and its business strategy, I didn’t know that the company dropped from 130 to just 20 employees at the end of 2015.
Luckily, Jolla is doing rather well today. The company is even making a solid profit for the first time, and their main product, Sailfish OS, could still be reached on mobile devices thanks to the Sailfish X program, and successful collaboration with Sony that provides the program with Hardware. Jolla is offering some celebration discounts for Sailfish OS downloads on Sony Xperia 10 II devices which you can get here.
Sami also said that Sailfish OS will start to be available in some new markets like UK or USA from 2022, which is a nice opportunity for the folks to try new gesture-based OS other than Android or iOS. Jolla’s Sailfish OS combines the nicely designed and gesture-controlled UI with the full support of Android apps, which is something that makes this OS unique and usable.
Jolla also gave some awards to the most prominent members of the community that contributed to the company or Sailfish the most. The community voted for the members that put a huge amount of work into the community and the awarded members are:
Damien Caliste – contribution to various Sailfish projects (calendar improvements is his largest contribution)
Adam Pigg – for services to hardware (work on platforms PinePhone, Volla, Amazfish, many app ports)
Atlochowski – services to quality (submission of bugs for early releases)
Rinigus – Community choice award (Pure Maps navigation app)