Remember the N9 smartphone from Nokia? Its likely that many of you wont. 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 companys 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 wont be teaming up with Nokia to offer continued software support for that smartphone. Another post on Jollas Twitter page says, " ... those are Nokias products." It is not talking about its first product yet, and as far as the hardware for Jollas 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 Jollas 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