Jolla Bags $12.4M Series B From Europe And Asia For Its Sailfish Mobile OS
Buoyed by a successful crowdfunding campaign to build an open source tablet running its Sailfish OS, Finnish mobile startup Jolla has also announced the closure of a Series B funding round.
A Jolla spokesman confirmed to TechCrunch that the size of the round is €10 million ($12.4M) but said it’s not disclosing who has invested. He did say that around half of the funding has come from European investors, and the other half from Asia.
Jolla has previously taken in multiple millions in external funding, including €1 million when Hong Kong-based firm China Fortune took a 6.25 per cent stake — back in February 2013.
Non-disclosure of investors.
That makes me wonder if Alibaba’s Jack Ma and/or Xiaomi’s Lei Jun put in some cash. It’d make sense for them to hedge their bets on another OS.
Jolla is really going to have to nail their tablet. It has to be just about complaint-free to excite people, attract new buyers, and entice developers.
Meanwhile, the Jolla tablet will be officially available in Italy next year [Google Translate].
Jolla Sailfish OS Designer Blog
Jolla Tablet Final Hours
Jolla Tablet Raises US$1 Million (So Far)
Jolla Crowdfunds iPad Mini Clone
iLevon shares some information that seems to indicate three 4G phones are coming from Xiaomi.
Thermal throttling is the dark secret of the newest-generation of CPUs.
When the temperature of the chip hits a set point, its speed is automatically reduced. So a CPU that its maker brags is 2GHz can throttle back to 1.5GHz — or even less — once it gets hot.
This was already revealed with the Tegra K1 in the Xiaomi MiPad.
Now iambillbil is revealing it in the Intel Z37xx series of CPUs being used by Chinese tablet makers (and others).
In a post at the IMP3Net forum, he names four CPUs and illustrates the impact of thermal throttling [Google Translate].
This is interesting.
December is not a major holiday month in China, as it is in the West. Expect announcements from any firm at any time this month.
WIRED Store, NYC
There doesn’t seem to be popup stores for either Dell or Intel this year. If there are, they suck at publicizing them! I was hoping there’d be one of them so I could try a pre-production model of the Dell Venue 8 7000. Looks like no such luck.