Jolla brings MeeGo smartphones back from the dead
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 at 09:13, by Gareth Halfacree
A small Finnish start-up company, Jolla, has announced plans to bring the joint Intel and Nokia mobile platform MeeGo back from the dead, releasing devices based on what it claims is the "world's best smartphone product."
Based on a combination of Nokia's Maemo internet device platform and Intel's Moblin nettop-oriented operating system, both of which are built on a Linux core, MeeGo was supposed to be Nokia's great hope for a resurrection in the smartphone market. Sadly, despite some impressive capabilities and a reputation for flexibility which made it popular among hackers and tinkerers, MeeGo failed to make an impact against the far more popular iOS from Apple and Android from Google.
When Nokia announced a partnership with Microsoft to base its flagship smartphone line on Windows Phone - the first time the company had looked to an outside agency for help with its operating system software - MeeGo was pronounced dead in the water.
Jolla hopes to change that. Founded by Marc Dillon, a former Nokia employee who most recently led the MeeGo product team in the creation of the N9 - Nokia's first and last MeeGo product - the company has declared MeeGo too good a system to waste, and has announced plans to produce a range of smartphones under the Jolla brand.
"The Jolla team is formed by directors and core professionals from Nokia's MeeGo N9 organisation, together with some of the best minds working on MeeGo in the communities", the company announced in a statement regarding its foundation. "Nokia created something wonderful - the world's best smartphone product. It deserves to be continued, and we will do that together with all the bright and gifted people contributing to the MeeGo success story.
"Together with international private investors and partners, Jolla Ltd. will design, develop and sell new MeeGo based smartphones. The Jolla team consists of a substantial number of MeeGo's core engineers and directors, and is aggressively hiring the top MeeGo talent to contribute to the next generation smartphone production."
Jolla has not yet announced a timescale for the launch of its MeeGo-based smartphones.
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