Jolla Signs African OEM Mi-Fone To Sell Sailfish-Powered Handsets


Mobile OS maker Jolla, who with its Android alternative Sailfish has been trying to carve out a niche for a third platform in the smartphone space for the past five years, has announced it’s signed a new OEM partner: African OEM Mi-Fone.

“Mi-Fone is one of the first African device vendors, aiming to be one of the leading African device vendors by 2020,” said Jolla chairman Antti Saarnio, in a press briefing today. “Africa is very, very interesting for Jolla.”

Jolla announced its first OEM partner last July, India’s Intex. Intex, which is showing its first Sailfish powered device, the Aqua Fish, here at Mobile World Congress, said it wants to get the handset to market in India as soon as possible – working to an April to May time frame this year.

Mi-Fone will also now be bringing multiple Sailfish devices to market in its local region. The first device is due later this year, coming to “selected African markets in Q2″.

Saarnio laid out Jolla’s thesis that…

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