After closing a deal with Samsung, Nokia and Jolla have agreed to feature the former’s HERE Maps on Jolla smartphones.
Jolla, started by ex-Nokians who were working on Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo operating system, has shown off its OS and device(s), and was accepting pre-orders for its first device not long ago. The Finnish company, which has teamed up with Yandex to provide an Android app store front-end, will integrate Nokia’s Here Maps with its Sailfish OS. To be clear, the maps app will be Jolla’s own, but the data and the cloud integration will be Here’s.
Pretty impressive, and it will be interesting to see how they go about things after making their phone available in the market.
The press release –
Jolla smartphones to feature HERE’s maps and thousands of Android apps
HELSINKI – November 13, 2013. Sailfish OS reached another major milestone by integrating HERE’s mapping and positioning technology alongside thousands of Android™ applications provided by Yandex.Store, an app store for Android.
Jolla smartphones equipped with HERE capabilities
Jolla announced an agreement to license positioning services and map technology from HERE, a Nokia business, to be used in Sailfish OS. This will provide users with up-to-date map data and rich location information, such as restaurants and hotels, from over 190 countries around the world.
Enabling fast and accurate retrieval of positioning information anywhere in the world, these services are essential for any mobile maps experience. A global map and location content offering also brings Jolla one step closer to achieving a fully equipped mobile operating system. The mapping asset is an integral part of Jolla’s complete user experience.
“We are excited that HERE is providing its leading positioning services for Sailfish OS and that our maps application will be powered by HERE cloud services. This will help us deliver the optimal mobile maps experience to our customers,” says Jolla CEO, Tomi Pienimäki.
Thousands of Android applications available for Jolla devices through Yandex.Store’s Android app store
Jolla users can easily download top Android applications from Yandex.Store, which run on Sailfish OS thanks to a fully compatible Android runtime provided by Myriad AG.
Currently featuring over 85,000 apps in 17 categories, Yandex.Store offers the best and most popular apps – from social networking and communication apps like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Skype, Viber and WeChat to games like Angry Birds. Yandex.Store will provide in-app purchase opportunities and is available on smartphones and tablets in 37 languages.
An integral part of Jolla’s Sailfish OS is integrated Android compatible application runtime that Jolla has developed in co-operation with Myriad AG, a leading provider of software and services to the mobile and TV industry.
“Jolla’s strategy is always to work with the most respectable service partners in specific markets and create longterm strategic partnerships. We analysed a number of alternative Android app stores to use for our first markets in Europe, and quickly found out that Yandex’s offer is very competitive and that they are very interested in developing their app store together with us for the needs of Sailfish customers”, says Jolla CEO, Tomi Pienimäki.
Application developers can start to submit apps to Jolla Store
Jolla Store welcomes all native Sailfish and Android applications.
Application developers can download the Sailfish SDK for free and start to submit applications to Jolla Harbour at harbour.jolla.com. Jolla Harbour is an open, free-of-charge application publishing portal that provides developers with quality assurance and publishing solutions in ensuring optimal application quality and user experience in Sailfish OS. Jolla Harbour has a unique capability to support both native Sailfish and Android apps, providing consumers with a fully integrated Store experience in Jolla smartphones and Sailfish OS.