A date and place has been set to reveal the new Jolla smartphone user interface and deliver the Jolla developer story and SDK. Jolla Ltd. will demonstrate the Jolla user interface, based on the recently announced Sailfish alliance OS, at the Slush event in Helsinki, Finland on 21-22 November. Jolla is very excited to be able to share the user interface, and talk about the Jolla SDK and application ecosystem with the developers. Jolla will publish the device information, ID and expected availability before Christmas.
Peter Vesterbacka, a founder of Slush: “Slush has grown up to be the biggest entrepreneurship event in Northern Europe. It’s great to see hot new startups like Jolla use Slush as the venue for their major announcements. New business creation and innovation is alive and kicking at Slush and in the region”.
Mikko Kuusi, CEO of Startup Sauna: “Jolla is a great example of what happens, when you combine the extreme technical talent found in Finland with the right attitude and ambition level of companies like Rovio.”
In addition, Jolla will be hosting a separate, in-depth session to showcase the user interface, and a press Q&A session. The Jolla user interface will be incorporated into the previously announced Sailfish alliance software. Jolla has been working on the scalability and user experience based on MeeGo in order to be able to support multiple different device categories. This development has now reached a point that Jolla can showcase the user interface, its differentiation from the existing mobile UI’s and its possibilities as part of the Sailfish alliance.
Jussi Hurmola, CEO of Jolla: “I’m thrilled to finally be able to show the user interface we have been working on, and it will be exciting to open the developer story with SDK and applications to the public.”
Viber has essentially been a smash hit right from its conception. The company hit 50 million registered users in February of last year, extending that to 70 million by May. But today marks one of the company’s greatest milestones: Viber has just surpassed 100 million registered users.
To celebrate, and continue to fuel that momentum, Viber is releasing new features and various platform support. The app, which essentially lets you make free phone calls, send messages or send photo messages over 3G and WiFi, is currently available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia’s Lumia brand of Windows Phone.
By any normal standards, support for all four of these platforms would be ahead of the curve, but Viber is stepping it up a notch announcing support for S40, Symbian, and Bada.
According to Viber, 1.5 billion S40 phones have been sold since the OS went live, meaning that these platforms still comprise a good deal of mobile subscribers in emerging markets. It’s a smart move for the app that wants to freely connect people all over the world.
Viber is also announcing that the Windows Phone version of the app (currently only available on Nokia’s Lumia line) will now be able to perform HD voice calls in addition to sending text and photo messages.
Last time we checked, Viber was sending about 2 billion text messages every month, but that has grown to 6 billion monthly texts, along with 2 billion minutes of calls per month. For the record, that’s about 10 million calls a day.
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After the presentation of the brand new Symbian OS flagship, the camera-phone Nokia 808 pureview, Vesa Jutila, Head of Product Marketing for the incoming 808 PureView, said that there was plenty more high-spec digital imaging products in the pipeline. There are multiple ways that Nokia could run with its new imaging jewel. Slimmer models are a possibility, still containing high-end Zeiss optics and Nokia’s oversampling techniques avoiding the need for optical zoom. He added that the next generation of Nokia camera sensors are already being worked on — the 808 PureView was borne from an idea of 2007. Jutila also said: future PureView products “would not necessarily have the same 41-megapixel sensor”.