A Finnish startup called Jolla is planning to launch its very first smartphone this year, entering an extremely competitive market. What’s very interesting about this group is that it is formed by former employees of Nokia and uses technology that had been abandoned by the company.
For its products, Jolla is planning to use the Linux-based MeeGo software, which was developed jointly by Nokia and Intel a couple of years back. The company has already been granted the MeeGo patents by Nokia. Although MeeGo has been used in netbooks and even car infotainment systems, its applicability in smartphones has been very little- only the Nokia N9 runs the software currently.
Last year, Nokia gave up its proprietary software platforms, Symbian and MeeGo and adopted Microsoft Windows Phone OS. The move turned to be disastrous for the company as sales plummeted and its share price went downwards. The company has still not disclosed the sales figures the N9 smartphone.
Jolla said that it will focus on developing, designing and selling smartphones running on MeeGo and will showcase the very first model this year, in partnership with international private investors. Well whether the phone Jolla come up with is good or bad will only be known once it is launched. But one should at least appreciate the effort of these former Nokia employees as they are trying to offer something new to the consumers in this smartphones bazaar where most people either buy Android or iOS. Here’s wishing them a very good luck in their upcoming endeavor.