MeeGo returns as a new OS, with a new phone on the way

It’s no secret that Nokia’s Windows Phone strategy hasn’t exactly worked out as planned. We reported earlier that the company’s weak performance has resulted in the global financial institution, Credit Suisse, suggesting that – with no end to the company’s woes in sight – Nokia should seriously consider calling it a day, breaking itself up, and selling its assets off to the highest bidder.

Many within Nokia – and across its huge user community worldwide – are bitterly frustrated over the company's situation, and believe that restructuring around Windows Phone was a mistake. Indeed, there are some who feel that the company was already on the right course with its MeeGo development program, and that Nokia would now be in a stronger place had it stayed that course instead.

Whether or not that’s true, we’ll never know. But Jolla, a Finnish company made up largely of former Nokia employees, is determined to prove that MeeGo can still be a success. We reported back in July on Jolla's plans to develop a new OS based on MeeGo, with hopes of introducing new hardware too. The OS, codename 'Sailfish', will be open-source, although some of its UI elements will be used under licence.

MeeGo’s finest hour under Nokia was undoubtedly the N9, whose hardware formed the basis for the company’s first Windows Phone, the Lumia 800. Whether Jolla’s new device will draw any inspiration from the N9 remains to be seen, but both the OS and the new device are expected to arrive next month – a curious choice, as the launch will likely clash with the inevitable storm of publicity for both Nokia’s new Lumia handsets and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system.

Still, one must surely admire Jolla’s confidence – and indeed, it seems that many investors do. While the company has invested €10m EUR ($13m USD / £8m GBP) of its own money in the new platform, The Wall Street Journal reports that additional funding totalling €200m ($259m / £161m) has already been sourced from other investors.

Source: The Wall Street Journal via: Engadget | Image via Nokia

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Skwerl said,
Wow, millions of dollars/pounds being wasted...

Kind of like Windows Phone 7.x?
MS would have been better off to keep improving Windows Mobile (and maintain backwards compatibility) until Windows Phone 8 (Windows Kernel based OS) was ready.

Asmodai said,

Kind of like Windows Phone 7.x?
MS would have been better off to keep improving Windows Mobile (and maintain backwards compatibility) until Windows Phone 8 (Windows Kernel based OS) was ready.

I really thought the same way when they introduced WP8 but if you think about it Microsoft made WP7 for several reasons:
1. by the time WP8 is out there are already tens of thousands apps is ready to use tested.
2. ms used customers (with all due respect) to test their platform, popularities in certain areas and getting feedbacks
3. I guess this is the most important one. since they had planned to change the interface on Windows 8 (not Windows Phone 8) completely, they wanted people to get used to the oddness of new interface and reduce the negative effect of releasing that new interface which they believe is more productive and many think its ugly and not attractive at first sight, but if you continue to put your hands on it you will get used to it and you less likely feel change. It was a smart move I guess If you look at it this way.

Skwerl said,
Wow, millions of dollars/pounds being wasted...

Did you read the reviews of the N9? They were glowing. Many reviews considered it the best OS out there (at least at the time). It's just a shame Nokia dumped it because it had great potential. Hopefully Jolla will make this a competitor. More competition is always good.

Having seen ICS ported over to run on the N9, wonder if there will be any chance of porting MeeGo to run on 'droid hardware?

20legend said,
Having seen ICS ported over to run on the N9, wonder if there will be any chance of porting MeeGo to run on 'droid hardware?

HD2 has been there and done that.

Jola (Jolla) it's the nickname for beer in Portuguese. That's a good starting point to sell a phone to 236 million Portuguese speakers.

Meego, Firefox OS, WebOS.. it's not gonna happen.. how the hell did they manage to scrap out 240 million in funding?? Intel secretly funding this through subsidiary partners?

spudtrooper said,
Meego, Firefox OS, WebOS.. it's not gonna happen.. how the hell did they manage to scrap out 240 million in funding?? Intel secretly funding this through subsidiary partners?

I remember the same kind of comments when MS launched WM with the Motorola MPx200, guess what? In a couple of years WM reached more than 40% of the marketshare. Not to mention when Apple joined the party....

Fritzly said,

I remember the same kind of comments when MS launched WM with the Motorola MPx200, guess what? In a couple of years WM reached more than 40% of the marketshare. Not to mention when Apple joined the party....


That time is now over. now the market is so intense that even genuine blackberry with the beautiful os and even new look may not be successfull. By the way haven't mentionded Bada OS from samsung. Samsung is popular because of android not bada. priod. so he is right that Meego will never ever have a chance to compete with iOS and Android. However, Windows Phone does because of Unlimited money source and developer support from Microsoft.

S3P€hR said,

That time is now over. now the market is so intense that even genuine blackberry with the beautiful os and even new look may not be successfull. By the way haven't mentionded Bada OS from samsung. Samsung is popular because of android not bada. priod. so he is right that Meego will never ever have a chance to compete with iOS and Android. Windows Phone does because of Unlimited money source from Microsoft.

Microsoft is a business and as such its goal is to generate profits not to support something that is not selling. Check how many products MS dropped because they were perceived as unsuccesfull.
Will they keep pushing WP? Absolutely but they will because it is a strategic part of MS business model not because they want to "succeed".......

Fritzly said,

Microsoft is a business and as such its goal is to generate profits not to support something that is not selling. Check how many products MS dropped because they were perceived as unsuccesfull.
Will they keep pushing WP? Absolutely but they will because it is a strategic part of MS business model not because they want to "succeed".......

Yes they may evolve and change direction of Windows Phone, its look, even its name but they never go back out of ongoing business opportunity in Mobile Arena. Its not our problem. Its microsoft's but the topic of discussion was will Meego, Web OS, Firefox OS succeed? and the answer is simply No. The reason? There is already an Open source Linux based OS which is the most popular and that is Android why bother making a new one?

Fritzly said,

Microsoft is a business and as such its goal is to generate profits not to support something that is not selling. Check how many products MS dropped because they were perceived as unsuccesfull.
Will they keep pushing WP? Absolutely but they will because it is a strategic part of MS business model not because they want to "succeed".......


i think we drifted from our main question. Those you mentioned are Microsoft problems not ours. question was will Meego, WebOS, Firefox OS succees? answer is simply NO because there is already a Linux based OS that happens to be the most popular Mobile OS called Android which is heavily funded and supported by Google

S3P€hR said,

Yes they may evolve and change direction of Windows Phone, its look, even its name but they never go back out of ongoing business opportunity in Mobile Arena. Its not our problem. Its microsoft's but the topic of discussion was will Meego, Web OS, Firefox OS succeed? and the answer is simply No. The reason? There is already an Open source Linux based OS which is the most popular and that is Android why bother making a new one?

Maybe you were not around then but there was a time when "The" word processors were Wordstar and WordPerfect and spreadsheets were QuattroPro and Lotus....... along came Word and Excel and they took over. Nothing is written in stone, nothing......

eiffel_g said,
Who knows... may be Jolla will buy Nokia someday...

I think the other way around is more likely. Nokia may not be in its best days right now, but it's still a huge company versus a new startup...

eiffel_g said,
Who knows... may be Jolla will buy Nokia someday...

Anyone really think Meego can be a market leader? Look at WP7, even with a great OS and a lot of advertising it's still really hard to break into this market. There is a reason Intel and Nokia dropped Meego. I hope this spin off does well but it won't be a market leader any time soon.

Correct me if I'm worng but even if Nokia isn't producing MeeGo phones anymore they must have some patents on that OS? Might not, don't know.

Anyway good to see someone is going forward with it, I really like that OS

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
So more or less Nokia licensed out the MeeGo patents to them, well that's a good start for them, hope it works out well

No they did not but they gave their their "blessing" through an incubator project known as "bridge" where they gave each departing employee 25k to pursue their own ideas. . Some have specualted Nokia could be somewhat behind this or involed in someway..

kinpin said,

No they did not but they gave their their "blessing" through an incubator project known as "bridge" where they gave each departing employee 25k to pursue their own ideas. . Some have specualted Nokia could be somewhat behind this or involed in someway..


Sounds like a hedge. "Former" Employees go off and keep developing Meego while they go WP exclusive. If WP8 flops then Nokia buys Jolla and goes back to building Meego phones.