Jolla keeps Sailfish OS alive with help from new investors
Last time we checked in with Jolla, the company behind upstart platform Sailfish OS, things weren’t looking so great. Jolla was in the process of laying off half its workforce with the aim of tightening its purse-strings following a failed effort to close its most recent funding round. While the company was adamant that Sailfish OS would live on, it was hard to deny that Jolla was in a very tough spot. It’s far from out of the woods just yet, but today we learn of a significant victory towards getting things back on track, as Jolla picks up a much-needed investment.
Jolla isn’t saying just how much it’s convinced investors to contribute, hoping to avoid speculation over how long it might be able to continue operating, but does describe it as a “sizable investment.” More importantly, it’s enough that Jolla can keep the lights on and move forward with Sailfish OS development.
As we previously heard, that further development is likely to center around licensing deals, where Jolla tailors Sailfish for specific institutional clients.
What about its own hardware? Unfortunately, things don’t sound great for the Jolla Tablet, and while the company says that it may try and push forward with production, it’s also considering cutting its losses and refunding customers with pending orders.
Finally, we get an update on the staffing situation, following massive layoffs that saw Jolla dump half its workforce. While the company’s talking about bringing some of those employees back on, voluntary resignations that went beyond the planned layoffs have left Jolla with some big holes to fill. Jolla may have worked its money problem out for the time being, but it’s clear there’s still a lot of work to be done to get both Jolla and Sailfish OS back on their feet.