Jolla’s both the company behind the alternative Sailfish OS and the firm responsible for hardware that runs that platform: devices like its smartphone and upcoming tablet. At least, that’s been the way things have worked so far, but today Jolla shares word of a new direction going forward, one that will see Jolla crystallize its focus on software development and licensing, while forming a new spin-off company to handle hardware.
Full details of this new arrangement aren’t yet available, but at a future date – one Jolla says we should look forward to as we approach Q4 – Jolla will formally reveal this new company it’s forming for the future engineering and sales of Sailfish-running devices. No new models have been confirmed just yet, but Jolla says that it will put an emphasis on hardware that offers users strong security.
This structural shift doesn’t impact Jolla’s immediate plans, and the Jolla Tablet is still on track for release soon. The company may have missed its earlier late-spring shipment target, but backers should keep the faith, with the first units set to head out soon. Here’s hoping that this new arrangement will see future Jolla hardware better able to meet release schedules.
Source: Jolla (PDF)