Jolla resurrects MeeGo

A new smartphone startup, Jolla, came out to the public yesterday. Jolla is a Finland-based company founded by ex-Nokia employees who have worked closely with the MeeGo-project Nokia quit earlier. These are the people behind Nokia’s first and last MeeGo-based phone, N9.

The word Jolla means a dinghy in Finnish. That might be the small boat MeeGo developer’s escaped from Stephen Elop’s burning oil rig…

Jolla was registered in April 2011 but they just now published their existence. The company doesn’t share their investor details yet so the only thing we know about the people behind the company is that it’s run by Marc Dillion, Nokia’s Principle Engineer for MeeGo until May 2012.

At the moment Jolla doesn’t have their own web site but you can follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn. Their Twitter-account got more followers than Tizen-project, in a few hours. Pretty good considering Tizen is years older than Jolla.

Jolla has announced that they will develop hardware and operating system. Hardware will be developed with partner-companies. The operating system will base on Mer-project and will have new user interface.

Latest news is the company is going to release their first phone later this year.

MeeGo Smartphones and Operating System Find a New Life in Jolla Ltd.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jolla Ltd. is an independent Finland based smartphone product company which continues the excellent work that Nokia started with MeeGo. 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.

Jussi Hurmola, CEO Jolla Ltd.: “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.”

Jolla Ltd. will design, develop and sell new MeeGo based smartphones. Together with international private investors and partners, a new smartphone using this MeeGo based OS will be revealed later this year.

Jolla Ltd. has been developing a new smartphone product and the OS since the end of 2011. The OS has evolved from MeeGo OS using Mer Core and Qt with Jolla technology including its own brand new UI.

The Jolla team consists of a substantial number of MeeGo’s core engineers and directors, and is aggressively hiring the top MeeGo and Linux talent to contribute to the next generation smartphone production. Company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland and has an R&D office in Tampere, Finland.

Sincerely,

Jolla Ltd.

Dr. Antti Saarnio – Chairman & Finance
Mr. Jussi Hurmola – CEO
Mr. Sami Pienimäki – VP, Sales & Business Development
Mr. Stefano Mosconi – CIO
Mr. Marc Dillon – COO

UPDATE: It has come out that Nokia let’s Jolla use some of their patents regarding MeeGo and possibly the only MeeGo phone, N9. With help like this there is no limit what Jolla could do.

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