Jolla brings Intex onboard as first Sailfish India partner

Finnish mobile manufacturer Jolla has announced that the first licensing partner for its Sailfish OS is Intex Technologies, the second largest smartphone maker in India.

Jolla revealed that Sailfish OS 2.0 is now available on an optimised and scalable 4G LTE reference platform. Intex will be the first licensing partner for the Sailfish OS 2.0 platform, and will bring Sailfish OS based products to the market later in 2015.

It also unveiled Sailfish India, a regional mobile ecosystem created in conjunction with leading Internet and online sales companies Times Internet and Snapdeal. With the release of Sailfish OS 2.0, Jolla is now set to license its OS to device vendors globally. To enable quick time-to-market for licensing partners, the firm has developed a range of optimised Sailfish OS hardware platforms from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200/600/800 configurations, a highly scalable mobile processor family offering 4G LTE to everyone in all price ranges.
The aim for Sailfish India is to develop a unique Indian mobile ecosystem, which will lead to greater differentiation in the market with more choices for consumers, higher user satisfaction and better revenues for local businesses.
Dr. Antti Saarnio, Executive Chairman of Jolla comments: "India deserves its own regional mobile ecosystem, an open platform, which supports local Indian services and businesses. We are very excited to partner and work with Intex Technologies, a challenger and now a leader in its own field in India. Also, we are thrilled to have our new content, and e-commerce partners Times Internet and Snapdeal join the movement.”
Sanjay Kalirona, Head of Mobile Business, Intex Technologies comments: “We look forward to utilising the great user experience of the next generation Sailfish OS 2.0 in our products. Together with the Sailfish India ecosystem partners, we believe that we can provide an exciting alternative for smartphone lovers in India and later globally as well. With an open platform like Sailfish OS we have a magnificent opportunity to offer great locally relevant premium content to our customers, all integrated directly into the smartphone’s operating system.”
Sailfish OS 2.0 offers PartnerSpace, a premium location directly in the OS for various local services. With specific revenue sharing models it can support local businesses and services in unseen ways.  
Antti Saarnio continues: “We strongly believe that services, which are integrated on the OS level in a prominent location, will get ten times more user exposure and will generate multiple times higher user revenues (ARPU). Sailfish OS user interface is designed to support higher ARPU generation for our content and e-commerce partners. With Intex devices, combined with quality content from Times Internet and Snapdeal, this new business concept is going to have a world premier in India.”

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