Jolla Sends Out Press Invites To May 20 “Love Day” Event As It Gears Up To Unveil First Sailfish Handset

Posted: May 13, 2013 in Europe, GT, Mobile
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Finnish MeeGo startup Jolla has been trailing the
launch of its first handset ever since it started work
on its Sailfish UI back in 2012, carrying the MeeGo
torch out of Nokia to keep the fires burning. Since
then, Jolla has shown off its MeeGo-based Sailfish
software and released an SDK but kept its hardware plans tightly under wraps. That’s set to change very
soon though, judging by a press invite sent out today,
to an event it’s calling “Jolla Love Day” on May 20, in
Helsinki Finland. The invite reads: “We are super excited to welcome
you to hear about Jolla’s next steps and get a sneak
preview of what is yet to come”. Last month Jolla confirmed it planned to show off its
first phone handset in May — so that’s the leading
candidate for unboxing at the Love Day. The
company has also recently rotated its CEO position
again, naming Tomi Pienimäki as the new CEO on
May 6, and moving prior CEO Marc Dillon to a full- time Head of Software Development role for Sailfish.
Last year Jolla moved Dillon into the CEO role, and
former CEO Jussi Hurmola onto strategy and the
Jolla board. Pienimäki joined Jolla from regional logistics
operator Itella Corporation, doubtless bringing with
him the supply chain/distribution expertise the startup
feels is required as it gears up to start shipping its
first run of hardware. The Love Day invite notes there will be opportunities
to interview “Jolla leaders” and a party for “Jolla
friends”. There’s also a cryptic graphic in the corner,
noting “I am the other half”. Also last month the startup confirmed it planned to
kick off a pre-sales campaign to take payments from
fans who want to buy Jolla’s first phone when it’s
released — due in the second half of this year.

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