Ex-Nokia team creates Jolla and Sailfish, successors to the N9 and MeeGo

A team of ex-Nokia employees have created a new phone: the Jolla. The new device runs Sailfish, the successor to Nokia's abandoned MeeGo operating system.

The Jolla phone, pronounced Yol-la according to the BBC, is expected to launch by the end of this year and it will be exclusively sold online. The device sports a 4.5-inch HD screen, 4G LTE, and has removable back covers that can interact with your phone's software and change its color theme. The design itself reminds us of Nokia's N900 as well as the current Lumia design language.

The phone runs Sailfish which is a renamed and updated version of MeeGo. MeeGo was the result of a collaboration between Nokia and Intel to try and create a new operating system that would compete with Apple's iOS and Google's Android. The project was abandoned after Nokia decided to go with Microsoft's Windows Phone.

But this group of employees felt that MeeGo was just too good of an operating system to simply waste and they created a new company to continue development and produce hardware. "For a couple of years we haven't had anything really interesting in the mobile phone market," said Antti Saarnio, chairman and co-founder of Jolla. "This creates opportunities for newcomers to come in. It's different, but it's purposefully different."

Saarnio also said that they would be open to licensing out this new OS and right now they are simply focused on doing the best in their business.

Source: BBC | Image via Engadget

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For me, an OS is just a tiny layer between the users and the programs. An OS without programs is useless.

I had a Nokia N9 and I must say that the Meego OS was excellent but suffered from lack of support from developers. Not many apps available maybe because everybody knew that Nokia was changing to Windows Phone. If Jolla acomplishe what they say (that you can run Android Apps) it will be a fantastic smartphone. And for RommelS: check the video here http://www.nbcnews.com/technol...olla-mobile-phone-6C9996522... and in this video you will see many similarities with Meego and also the confirmation that it can run android apps

Edited by Dois Bolos, May 21 2013, 1:48pm :

volodoscope said,
Now, who wants to make apps for it?

They did mention the compliance with android. If that's the case, I'm sure there are plenty of apps and devs for it.

whats the point of this phone though? Not "Speccy" enough to compete against android, not branded enough to compete against Mozilla's phone, not businessy enough to compete against the dying blackberry and not appy enough to compete against iOS.

Anyone who says "For the past couple of years nothing interesting has happened in the mobile market" should be SHOT

What's the problem with having competition in the market? I love to have more options when I buy a phone. You want a market where (stagnating) iOS is the only option?

Most likely these guys spend such a big part of their career on this project, they were not ready to let it go. I guess they are doing this for themselves. It's nice to see they believe so much in their own project.

Adrian0E said,
What's the problem with having competition in the market? I love to have more options when I buy a phone. You want a market where (stagnating) iOS is the only option?

The point spudtrooper was making is that there is so much competition that this phone really has no place. He listed no less than 4 operating systems, leaving out others like Windows Phone, Ubuntu Phone, Meego, Maemo, Symbian, Bada....

What's the point of this one? It looks like yet another mobile OS in an already crowded sea of mobile OSes.

Adrian0E said,
What's the problem with having competition in the market? I love to have more options when I buy a phone. You want a market where (stagnating) iOS is the only option?

It isn't the completion I have a problem, its stupid marketing bullcrap that says the cell phone industry hasn't had any innovation when we all know that's bullcrap. This company isn't doing Anything different themselves that hasn't been done before.

Nice to see a revived version of MeeGo. All those Gestures, swipes, and how harmonically the phone worked together with those, made me like the N9.