FINNISH STARTUP JOLLA, made up of ex-Nokia employees, has announced plans to revive the Meego mobile operating system (OS) with the launch a new smartphone line.
Last year Nokia revealed its plans to discontinue development of the Meego OS, which appeared only on the Nokia N9, in favour of Microsoft's Windows Phone software. However Jolla, a startup headed by former Nokia executive Marc Dillon, won't let Meego sink just yet, and has announced plans to keep the Linux-based mobile operating system alive.
In a post on its Linkedin page the company claims it will "design, develop and sell new MeeGo based smartphones", adding that it plans to use original hardware. On Twitter, the company also hinted that it will redesign the Meego user interface. Further details are still to be revealed though, and it's unclear when we'll be catching a glimpse of the successor to the Nokia N9.
"Nokia created something wonderful, the world's best smartphone product. It deserves to be continued, and we will do that together with all the bright and gifted people contributing to the MeeGo success story," Jolla added.
"The Jolla team consists of a substantial number of MeeGo's core engineers and directors, and is aggressively hiring the top MeeGo talent to contribute to the next generation smartphone production." µ