Ex-Nokia employees from Jolla Mobile said to be almost ready to show their first MeeGo smartphone

Ex-Nokia employees from Jolla Mobile said to be almost ready to show their first MeeGo smartphone
After disappearing from the news for a few weeks, probably being too busy working on their first smartphone, the fine team of Jolla Mobile is back with some tasty details surrounding its upcoming device. In an interview with Gigaom, Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola has confirmed that the company is going to announce its first handset by the end of the year.

As you might have heard, Jolla Mobile was created by ex-Nokia employees after the Elopocalipse began. They has decided to begin their own smartphone company, with MeeGo being their OS of choice.

According to the CEO, the team is now working on building the ecosystem, including developers, services and navigation. More importantly, though, he says the MeeGo-running smartphone will use a brand new UI, so it'll most probably be very different from what Nokia showed in the N9.

For the time being, Jolla might do some work with other companies like carriers and service providers, aimed at popularizing the MeeGo OS, which would be beneficial for Jolla's brand as well.

The first smartphone, scheduled for announcement later this year, will probably make its debut in Europe first, but will later arrive in other markets as well.

We have to say that we're quite excited about the prospect of a brand new player, as well as a new OS (maybe "new" wasn't the most appropriate word in this case). Although we wouldn't be expecting wonders from this start-up, we sure think that a breath of fresh air would be very beneficial for the market.

source: Gigaom

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35 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

yeah bring it with google play apps ^___^ And take that stephen elop!!!

18. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

the guy looks like one of the actor of lord of the rings haha xD this guy even dont need make up... xD

2. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Nokia killed itself with wp7.5, they should have launch their first wave with wp8.... Symbian Belle was awesome BTW

13. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Most Nokia Belle phones are pretty laggy and have the most pathetic internet browser ever.

23. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

i agree on the browser its bad, i use opera to get around that. but lag is almost non existent on my 808 with belle fp2 i wish they had carried on with both Symbian and meego along with wp8

33. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I wish they use better specs on their Symbian phones. ARM 11 processors are almost a decade old now. They should atleast use a Cortex A8 on their phones. Their GPUs are pretty good btw.

3. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

So what apps can I run on MeeGo?

4. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Wow bring it on. I'm excited

5. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

It it me or the guy in pic looks seriously constipated :D

17. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

He looks like he could use a nice solid shower and shave as well.. if your going to wear a suit you should at least brush that mop.

30. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

seriously kids??? does looks matter if they deliver something that you can't even think of? get out of your closed mind Nokia respected these guys and hence offered them to flourish on their own... repsect samystic

34. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I am just kidding. I would have been first in line to get N9 had they decided to release in my country. However looking fwd for a Meego Device from Jolla :)

35. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

thumbs up from my side for an instant response... awaiting Meego based devices in India as well... Nokia too bad you did not release N9 in India... samystic

36. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Why do you put that as a response to my comment?! You must be confused :)

6. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

if meego os is out it will blow WP.will MS make this happen? I think meego is a backup os in case WP fails.

12. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

"it will blow WP" I didn't know they were that close.

8. hdikenli

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

people like the UI on MeeGo, if you bring MeeGo back on a phone with a new UI, users may not welcome that change.

9. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Elopocalipse... +1

10. Gawain

Posts: 437; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

I hate asking ignorant questions, but what is the difference between MeeGo and Symbian? I thought MeeGo was just a "version" of Symbian. Is that not the case?

19. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

they are juss two different operating systems (OS) MeeGo is a linux based OS, which Nokia developed with Intel, it's a developed version of Meamo OS (the one used on Nokia N900) while Symbian OS is developed by Symbian Ltd (a British software development company) with the help of Nokia and other companies like Ericsson and Samsung.. why all the hate? he just asked a question, and he already stated that he have no idea about the two OS!!

11. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

The more competition in the Mobile market place the better for everyone. I really hope the succeed with this cos if they do this will be the biggest embarrassment for Elop ever!

14. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Hope this phone is alot more Succesful than Nokia windows phones,an Show to Mr Elop an Nokia that you made the wrong decision like they Did with Symbian,the Meego could be made Succesful,N9 was never given a chance of being succesful globally because Mr Elop was so scared of it dinting the sales of the Lumias

15. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Can't wait truly exciting

16. maverick786us

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

MeeGo will create a dent with android

20. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

The question I have is will the carriers 1) be interested? 2) if they are not interested, allow this type of phones on their network?

22. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

I don't think this will be a carrier-only thing since they tend to focus more on GSM-based units.

21. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I hope it goes well! God's speed!

24. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Guys, you need to generate real widespread excitement for Jolla's Meego phones because at the present level of excitement, it'll probably only be available in the U.S. unlocked at Amazon with no carrier offering it in their line-up. For myself, I'll be getting a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8.

26. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Why do "we" NEED to generate interest? Why should we be excited about an OS we have never seen nor used? Who cares where a handset we have never seen might be sold? Show me the handset. Release the OS. The curiosity I have may grow into interest. If it is terrific it may even gain my support.

28. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I was NOT talking to YOU! Repeat, I was NOT talking to YOU! I was talking to Meego fans. I myself am not a Meego fan but there are some Meego fans out there and it was to them I was addressing my comment! As for Meego itself, it has already seen the light of day in Nokia's N9!

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