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Jolla working on a 3.5-inch MeeGo smartphone that will run Android apps

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Jolla working on a 3.5-inch MeeGo smartphone that will run Android apps
Last time we heard from Jolla CEO was last month when he kindly revealed more details about the upcoming MeeGo smartphone that he and his company are devotedly working on. Interestingly, he mentioned that the handset would come with a large catalog of applications – a statement quite bold considering that MeeGo was abandoned by Nokia. That said, we bet not many developers are interested in making software for the platform.

However, it seems like Jolla has a cunning plan on its agenda. In addition to HTML5 and Qt software, the MeeGo smartphone by Jolla will run Android apps thanks to a solution called application compatibility layer (ACL). Software made for Google's operating system should be fully compatible and run without any loss in performance. 

On the hardware side of things, Jolla is working on a smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen. Quite strange, we know, given that smartphone manufacturers are shifting towards bigger and bigger displays. On the other hand, Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola did mention that the handset will be made in a way that would appeal to the average consumer, and judging by the iPhone's popularity, plenty of people seem to be content with 3.5 inches of display real estate. 

And that's what the folks at Jolla are cooking for us right now. If everything goes as planned, their first MeeGo smartphone might be announced before 2012 is out. Whether it will fly or flop, however, remains to be seen.

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posted on 20 Aug 2012, 07:24 4

1. MeoCao (unregistered)

This is smart move by Jolla, I'm just worried that if Jolla can do enough to convince the users to go with other OS then Android.

can't wait to see what Jolla can do.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 07:42 1

2. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Another OS added to the list of those that claim will run Android apps, so far the others havent gone further than just talk, i hope this officially does run Android apps.

I certainly wont be going for this though, at 3.5inchs that screen will be far too small for me, but i look forward to more Meego based phones, its an OS that has a ton of potential.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:33

5. D.Yorke (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

In the original Finnish article Jussi Hurmola states that "a 3,5" screen feels too small in a touch screen phone", and thus it is likely that the first device will feature a larger screen.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 07:48

3. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

So applications is not the main problem now. Hope to see the product this year

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 07:50

4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

great move...i've seen ACL in action in youtube on webtab (the meego tablet i dont know who manufactured it)

wish jolla the best....

btw PA... jolla once said that they will target general market... so it might be a low end/mid range or in other words its on the boundary on these price range..and 3.5" is a decent and it is the standard size!!! even people with big hands can move around with 3.5" (coz i got big hands)

jolla OS (since it is meego and mer base) is the FULL LINUX... sorry to burst anyones bubble but android isnt really a fully pledge linux... only linux base..

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:54 2

6. wendygarett (unregistered)

Instead of making android phone, Nokia has done the right choice of making another Linux based os will Google play

Guess I have to buy this 1st

Byebye iPhone :)

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 19:11 3

7. A_Hitman (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Jolla is NOT Nokia, it's ex Nokia employees

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