September 25, 2012

Looking forward to an indie smartphone


First I thought to write about what 'indie' actually means to me. That would have been quite a bore. As gamer, I can relate to game developer perspective so I started looking from there. If you're willing to dig deep into what makes an indie game, Eurogamer has a fine article about it. My thoughts went elsewhere.

It happens to be a right time to ask: Can there be such a thing as indie smartphone? I'm not sure, but Jolla is certainly getting close. There is a lot of media buzz around Jolla and we are slowly fed with tidbits of information. Many concrete details still remain unknown, for example Android compatibility is apparently not confirmed.

The story of Jolla is a piece of Nokia history. Jolla's smartphone will rise from the ruins of Meego based Nokia N9 project and I keep waiting for more Jolla news with similar enthusiasm to N9 before its sad fate. Now we have seen what the next generation of Lumia phones and the iPhone 5 have to offer. This happens to be the most recent Jolla related article I could find. I agree that the time is right for an alternative.

I hope Jolla manages give us another demonstration of the spirit and mindset required to design and build a unique breed of smartphones. If I'm looking for an answer to what is indie, I've got one example right here. Jolla smartphone will be created by people who kept on believing in their own vision. That's what matters. Whatever they manage to release, it will be an indie smartphone to me.

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