Nokia’s internal team that was previously responsible for MeeGo platform was secretly working on a new company, which has recently been unveiled. The purpose of the new company is to provide the now moribund platform another chance at success. The name of this new company is Jolla, which is a Finnish word for “dinghy.” The core members of this company are the same Nokia’s MeeGo team, who were behind the latest Nokia addition the N9, which also seems like the final cell phone from the current owners of the smart device.
Jolla did not came into being overnight, because the work on this new company began last Fall because Jolla has been incorporated since last September as the sources go. However, with the unveiling of this company a few days, it also made a call to arms to all owners and developers of Nokia N900, Nokia N9, and Nokia N950 that MeeGo’s goals have not been achieved yet and it still needs interested community members and developers to work for the company in order to achieve the goals. The company’s main objective seems to be the revival of MeeGo, but with a few differences.
No More Nokia MeeGo
Nokia’s MeeGo will not be handled by Jolla and no further development on MeeGo or Maemo will be done by it either. All devices that were released by Nokia such as Nokia N900, Nokia N9, and Nokia N950; Jolla will have nothing to do with it; meaning that Jolla will use a fork of the MeeGo core, which is known as Mer, instead of Nokia’s MeeGo version, which was known as Harmattan. After the internal collapse of MeeGo in the last year, Mer Project resumed work on the fork.
Jolla is All about New Phones
The main goal of the company Jolla is to build new phones, for general consumers and for development community as well with the Mer fork of MeeGo. Although, Jolla has taken a lot of investment for the purpose of creating new devices and hardware for sale, but so far, it has not confirmed the timelines for the release of its devices. Moreover, they have also not mentioned who is backing them in this regard either. Below is a statement on Jolla from the Chief Operating Officer Marc Dillion from the Jolla’s LinkedIn page.
“Jolla Ltd. is a Finland based smartphone 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 organization, 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 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.”