Jolla Mobile is a company that was founded the former MeeGo team of Nokia, but so far, it has not launched any device. The sole purpose of Jolla was to develop better smart phones and according to chief operating officer of Marc Dillion, about Jolla he said;
“Jolla Ltd. is a Finland based smart phone company which continues the great 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.
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 investors and partners, Jolla Ltd. will design, develop, and sell new MeeGo based smart phones. 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 smart phone production”
Jolla Mobile has been somewhat open to the media about its operations these days, which has lead to some interesting info regarding the upcoming devices by this new company. During an interview with Tech Crunch, the CEO of Jolla, Jussi Hurmola, told that it will not be brining one MeeGo smart phone to the market, but two MeeGo smartphones next year. As for the design of these smart phones goes, the CEO said that one of the handsets will be targeted to general consumers and the mass market, whereas the other handset would be designed by keeping in mind hackers and devs. It does seem like an ambitious effort by Jolla, which currently has no more than 50 employees. But the company stated that it is hiring new employees aggressively for its upcoming and future projects.
It might come as a surprise, but later in an interview with IntoMobile, CEO Hurmola almost denied to have referred two devices, because he meant was that they want their devices to appeal mainly to mass market. However, there will be something interesting in it for the developers, so there are chances of a “developer mode” or something like that being in the MeeGo handset by Jolla.
Further, the Jolla CEO added that their company’s goal is to launch its first smart phone within this year (end of the year). However, no launch date was confirmed or announced.
The sole purpose of Jolla’s establishment was to serve as Nokia’s Bridge plan in order to help the employees that were leaving Nokia, so that they could start up new businesses. So, you could say that for now, Jolla is not alone in this world, but it will be hard for Nokia to babysit Jolla for long because Espoo is facing problems at the moment as well. Now, the question is that, will Jolla be able to accomplish what Nokia could not with MeeGo? Or will this company fail with MeeGo as Nokia did in the past.