Remember the N9 smartphone from Nokia? It's likely that many of you won't. The product, released in some parts of the world in late 2011, was based on the open source MeeGo OS. However, Nokia quickly abandoned both the N9 and MeeGo as it concentrated its efforts on its Lumia smartphones with Windows Phone installed.
Now a group of ex-Nokia team members have revealed they are getting together to launch a new start-up company called Jolla. The company's Twitter page has already posted up some information about the company. One of the posts states, "We continue with open source , and have additional assets on top to make products."
Fans of the N9 may be a little disappointed to learn that Jolla won't be teaming up with Nokia to offer continued software support for that smartphone. Another post on Jolla's Twitter page says, " ... those are Nokia's products." It is not talking about its first product yet, and as far as the hardware for Jolla's version of MeeGo, the Twitter page states, "New smartphones will be created together with our industrial and investor partners and with support of the MeeGo community."
The N9 does have a small but loyal fan base and it will be interesting to see if Jolla's efforts will result in a smartphone OS and hardware product that could rival those of Microsoft, Apple, RIM and Google.
Source: Jolla Twitter page | Image via Nokia