Ex-Nokia employees start company to produce MeeGo smartphones?

Ex-Nokia employees start company to produce MeeGo smartphones?
This is certainly interesting if it turns out to be true: just a few days ago we reported that the MeeGo team at Nokia had left the company, thus ending development on the platform. While the facts are true, perhaps we were all a but quick to proclaim the death of Meego, as earlier today The Verge discovered a Twitter post and a Linkedin company listing (the latter has since been deleted) indicating that a group of ex-Nokia employees has formed Jolla Mobile, a startup that aims to save the MeeGo expertise that Nokia developed in producing the N9.

The Tweet (which is still visible) said:

"New ‪#MeeGo‬ smartphones will be created together with our industrial and investor partners and with support of the MeeGo community."


According to The Verge, the Linkedin company page listed Marc Dillon as Jolla’s CEO, an eleven year Nokia veteran and the lead engineer of Maemo/MeeGo development. The Linkedin site was quoted as saying:

"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.

Together with international investors and partners, Jolla Ltd. will design, develop and sell new MeeGo based smartphones. 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."


This would be fascinating if true, although it won't be easy - any startup in the mobile space would have to find a way to protect them from the ongoing patent wars, and expense that could easily drive smaller players from the market. Still, we were impressed with the N9, and would certainly be interested to see what that team could create given the time and resources to continue development.

If it is true, we should hear more about Jolla in the coming weeks. Would you be excited about a new set of MeeGo phones?

sources: Twitter, The Verge

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59 Comments

1. Jericho unregistered

This simply AWESOME! And a slap on Nokia's(more like creepy elop's) face.

9. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Agree. It was a nice OS.

31. kunyuk

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Yup, i hate that faggot CEO.

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Wonderful News....

3. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

that would be a great development. Given how good the N9 was, i wash shocked nokia didn't give meego a chance to shine. Way to go guys, i'd really love to see what the next generation of meego has in store.

25. DavidS

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

Yup, I wish them best of luck. Too bad I sold my N9. I should've kept it.

39. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

The n9 had the same problem as the n900: a lot of potential with flawed execution. I loved the phone...but the OS wasn't optimized for the hardware. It would lag at moments when it shouldn't have (sending text messages, having to wait for the keyboard to match my finger speed). I am going to be interested in seeing what they are able to churn out, but I don't have much hopes for it.

4. Aeires unregistered

I hope so, Meego had a fairly good developer base being established, shame to see an OS with so much potential fall by the wayside.

6. rnk.khch

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

It would be wonderful to see a new player in the game!!! Especially as it is from the heart of Nokia!!! Sad thing is that the OS is linux based!

10. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

So what is the sad thing if it is linux based. Android also a linux based OS. I do not see any problem.

12. SleepingOz unregistered

That's exactly why he doesn't like Linux based OS!

35. rnk.khch

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

@ sleepingoz My Linux-based phones include, but are not limited to, an HTC Inspire, a Samsung Galaxy, and a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, as well as my most beloved phone of all time, the Nokia N9. I'm not sure what "that" is, but I am deeply in love with my N9, in particular, and it's smooth and wonderful OS, which is one of a kind and possibly the best according to many reviews!!!

27. rnk.khch

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

@rf1975 Don't get me wrong. The sad thing is the potentially low rate of success and the misnomer it has been given as the abandoned os or the abandoned child, not the OS itself. Every time I take my N9 out, friends joke with me about this. Competition might be harder in a mobile world dominated by the linux-based android. It may be harder to stand out. Otherwise there is nothing is nothing wrong with the OS. I love my N9 and will always cherish it as a piece of gem.

44. poddey

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

A lot of people say Nokia should have bet on Android instead of WP. The fact that they, under Elop, didn't bet on their own homegrown Meego/Harmattan OS (developed jointly with Intel) is what I find sad.

58. rnk.khch

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

That's definitely true and very sad. If Nokia had heavily invested on Meego from the beginning, now it would have been in a much better condition in terms of income and market share. At that time Android market share was not as high as now, and Meego would have had a great chance to stand out and be a major player in the competition today. But I wish them good luck, and I hope that the patents that were gifted to them today (by Nokia) would help them.

59. DavidS

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

I definitely agree with you Silvia.

7. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Like to know how they plan to do that. I would assume Nokia owns the rights to MeeGo.....not ex-employees.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

MeeGo is licensed under GNU and free licensing terms.

11. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Isn't the Swipe Harmattan UI still a Nokia property?

41. thebest

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

i think nokia will give(or will be forced to give) a free license for that because nokia has dicontinued using that technology

45. poddey

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I hope so. Meego without it looks a lot like Android. I'm surprised Intel dumped it to develop the Touchwiz-looking Tizen with Samsung. Crazy when the Harmattan UI looks so good!

24. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

but still in oreder to succeed they need a hardware aib

50. qwertypoor

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Yea doesn't Nokia still own Meego and/or Intel hope Nokia uses it again after their contract is up

51. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

don't we all

13. SleepingOz unregistered

That was a stupid move from Nokia to drop Meego. Good luck Jolla!

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

This is rallya great news!! meego is a n awesome OS that the costumers and the developers can seebut nokia nokia cant see its potential! this is truely amazing!! best of luck to jolla! but i hope the new meego smartphone wont infringe nokia's patents! theyshould make more elegant looking phones! but since meego is a trade mark of nokia,,, i think they will use the "Jolla" as the new name of meego! :) a Jolla OS!!! best of luck jolla!!! you got my support! make some more awesome looking mind blowing meego/jolla devices!!

15. allen83

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

I would be really be happy to see another Meego phone. They should build a phone that would be nice and superp quality. Like for example making the audio good without distortion and the camera should also be also good and also the overall build it should be very stable in terms of drops and scratches. Will wait for another Meego phone or the new Tizen phone. Thanks and good luck!

16. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

It would be cool if blackberry dropped BB10 and picked up the Meego OS

29. rnk.khch

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Very nice!!! That would definitely save blackberry's butt!!!

17. Droidude

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 04, 2010

Yea, I would. It looked really promising. I was surprised that Nokia went with WP7 to be honest. I don't know the economics of all of it but it seems like Nokia should've persued it.

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