Ex-Nokia/MeeGo N9 staff launch new Jolla startup

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

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How's about this.. Help fund a new startup to continue working on a great OS for mobile. Then when your current ventures seems to go wrong pull the stuff back in..

just my few bytes..

My (rather sarcastically made) point was that Blackberries aren't exactly smartphones, are they? They're essentially feature phones with weird keyboards...

Also, they haven't gone QNX-based yet, that's not until Blackberry OS 10 - another year away at best. There's no native application support currently, everything runs on Java - much the same way the Series 40 Nokia feature phones do.

mdcdesign said,
RIM have an OS?

And a good one at that - QNX RTP which is probable one of the most table and secure on the market; the operating system itself tends to be used in high end industrial equipment etc.

Good luck to them, as competition is always a good thing. I cannot help but wonder how they expect to avoid issues related to intellectual property and the patents directly held by Nokia for that matter.

Im surpsied Apple hasnt been all over Nokia for the Meego UI, they savaged Samsung for their app drawer looking like iOS.

McKay said,
Im surpsied Apple hasnt been all over Nokia for the Meego UI, they savaged Samsung for their app drawer looking like iOS.

Because there isn't much point in suing over Meego, is there.

rfirth said,

Because there isn't much point in suing over Meego, is there.

Cripple Nokia, take them out of the market?

McKay said,
Im surpsied Apple hasnt been all over Nokia for the Meego UI, they savaged Samsung for their app drawer looking like iOS.

I don't get it, Nokia phones had grid menus with access to their respective apps since the first before color phones even existed. Apple had no idea what a phone was back then.

Victor V. said,

I don't get it, Nokia phones had grid menus with access to their respective apps since the first before color phones even existed. Apple had no idea what a phone was back then.

They already seem to own patents for "Icons with rounded corners" and "Icons to launch applications laid out in a grid format" Although I believe that 2nd patent requires a dock at the bottom.

McKay said,
They already seem to own patents for "Icons with rounded corners" and "Icons to launch applications laid out in a grid format" Although I believe that 2nd patent requires a dock at the bottom.

Either there is more to the patent than the name itself implies or someone can easily challenge it by claiming that such 'innovations' existed before Apple patented them.

KomaWeiß said,
I still wish Nokia continued with it, rather than abandon it without even bothering.

Agreed - and worse having no 'play B' incase the whole Windows Phone 8 experiment doesn't work out. I'm not jinxing the idea of Windows Phone 8 but it is a prudent thing to always have a back up plan incase the excrement hits the fan.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Agreed - and worse having no 'play B' incase the whole Windows Phone 8 experiment doesn't work out. I'm not jinxing the idea of Windows Phone 8 but it is a prudent thing to always have a back up plan incase the excrement hits the fan.

Nokia have already said they have a plan B if the windows phone effort doesn't work out. I'm tempted to say these ex-nokia team members are part funded by Nokia themselfs as plan B, but I'm more inclined to think they have Android devices on the back burner.
http://www.neowin.net/news/nok...ndows-phone-doesnt-work-out

Unlikely - if they are to fall back on something it'll be MeeGo, which already blows Android into little bits when it comes to performance.