A milestone for Jula, the Finnish startup behind Cellfish OS جو which was formed almost a decade ago, when a group of Nokia staff lit a torch for a mobile Linux-based alternative to Google’s Android. Today it is announcing to make a profit.
Mobile OS Licensing describes Startup 2020 as a “turning point” for businesses – reporting 53% annual revenue growth, and EBITDA (which provides a snapshot of operational performance) Does) 34%.
It now also has a new iron in the fire – recently launched a new licensing product (called App Support for Linux Platforms) that, as the name suggests, extends to Linux platforms. Standalone can provide compatibility with normal Android applications. Full Cellfish OS license (the latter has been compatible with the Android app since 2013).
Jola says App Support has some “strong” initial interest from automotive companies looking for a solution to develop an infotainment system in their case – as it runs Android apps for embedded Linux-compatible platforms. Provides capability. Offers. And while many carmakers have opted for Android, there are still players who can save the net for their ‘Google Free’ alternative.
The embedded Linux system runs in many other places as well, so it expects wider demand. The software can be used to run a popular app on an IoT device, for example, as a value-add-on for users.
“Jula is recovering,” said CEO and co-founder Sammy Panemki.
“It’s usually the overall maturity of the asset and the company that we start to have customers here and there – and honestly it’s been a while since we’ve been doing that.” The company is completing ten years in October, so it’s been a long journey. And because of that, we’re constantly increasing our performance and our revenue.
From 2019 to 2020, our revenue increased by more than 50% and we earned 4 5.4 million. At the same time, the cost base of the operation has become quite stable, so their combination has been very profitable.
Although the consumer mobile OS market – over the years – has been sewn almost entirely through Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, Jula licenses its open source CellFish OS as an alternative to governments and businesses. As a platform that they can build according to their needs. Google
Not surprisingly, Russia was one of the first markets to tap into it.
The issue of digital autonomy in general اور and the provision of an independent (non-US-based) mobile OS platform, in particular مضبوط has grown stronger in recent years as geopolitical tensions run through the tech platform. As a result, in some cases, foreign companies are notoriously barred from accessing US-based technologies.
In a related development this summer, China’s Huawei launched its Android alternative to smartphones, called Harmony OS.
Pienimäki welcomes this particular development – adding it as a confirmation of the market in which cellfish play.
“I don’t necessarily see Huawei Harmonius Value Proposition and Technology as our competitors – I think that’s proving that the market is hungry for something other than Android.” Ask if Harmonius Selfish is at risk of eating lunch.
“They’re tapping into this market and we’re tapping into this market. And I think both our strategies and our messages support each other very strongly.
Jula has been working on selling the sailfish in the Chinese market for many years – and the business she is looking for is still in its infancy. But, again, Pienimäki says Jola doesn’t see Huawei’s move as a deterrent to her intentions to license her Android alternative in the Far East.
“The way we look at the Chinese market in general is that it is always open to healthy competition and there are always competitive solutions – actually very competitive solutions – in the Chinese market. And Huawei’s offer and we We are happy to offer SailFish OS for a very large, challenging market.
“We have good relations there and we are working with our local partners to make a case for access to the Chinese market,” he added. “I think it’s also great that big corporations like Huawei generally recognize this opportunity – and it shapes the industry as a whole so that you always have to choose Android by default. No need. There are other alternatives around.
On AppSupport, Jola says the automation department is “actively looking for such solutions”, noting that “there is a significant difference for digital cockpit car markers – and arguing that this is their Plays a strategically important role.
There have been a lot of positive developments in the sector over the last few years – newcomers to the block like Tesla have really shaken up the industry so that traditional vendors need to think differently about how and what kind of user experience. They serve in the cockpit, “he advised.
“There’s been a lot of investment in it over the years and it’s growing fast, but I’m going to emphasize that at the same time, with our limited resources, we’re just learning that Where are the technology opportunities? Automatic seems to be very hungry but then again. [we also see potential in] Other sectors – IoT; heavy industry too; we are openly looking for opportunities; but as we know automotive is very hot at the moment.
“There are many basic Linux OS bases in the world for which we are offering a nice extra piece of technology so that the operating solutions can actually use selected applications for example. You can use Spotify or Netflix or Think of running a communications solution specific to a particular sector.
“Most of these applications are naturally available for both iOS and Android platforms. Creates a lot of interest.
In another development, Jula is in the process of launching a new Growth Financing Round – targeting پون 20 million – to help market the app and further expand its cellfish licensing business. Take the side too.
It looks at the potential for cellfish development in Europe, the largest mobile OS licensing market. Pienimäki also says it is seeing “good progress” in parts of Africa. Nor has it given up its intention to enter China.
The summer has opened up for investors and hasn’t closed yet – but Jola believes in growth.
“We’re really changing the next chapter of the Jula story to look for new emerging opportunities – it requires capital and that’s what we’re looking for. There’s plenty of money available to investors these days, and we We are seeing good corruption with the investment bank we are working with.
There is definitely an appetite for this and it will definitely put us in a better position to invest more – for both Cellfish OS and app support technology. And especially for Go Market operations – so that this technology is available to more people in the market.