Startup, Jolla, gets a gift from Nokia – MeeGo patents
posted by Charlene S. / Jul 10, 2012, 5:45 AM
Earlier in the month we saw the MeeGo team leave Nokia. Shortly thereafter, the crew seemed to assemble together in the form of a new startup company called Jolla.
Apparently they left with Nokia’s blessing. In what could be called quite a remarkable house-warming gift, Nokia has gifted a handful of its MeeGo patents to Jolla so they can get their company off the ground and continue developing the platform that they are so intimately familiar with.
There is no further detail on exactly which patents where transferred, but it was probably a chuck of the patents related to projects the team worked on while it was at Nokia. Jolla founder, Jussi Hurmola, said the two companies have a “good and open relationship.”
That relationship is the product of Nokia’s Bridge project. The company described the project by saying, “Nokia will offer training, funding, and help identify business opportunities and partnerships for those interested in starting a new business or a company on their own, which can fuel new growth for impacted communities.”
Jolla hasn’t officially announced any devices yet, but Hurmola said they might launch their first release by the end of 2012.
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An OS like this is nothing without much 3rd party developer support nor without Quality Apps. Such is the case of Symbian.
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 5:48 AM 5
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actually n9 can run android apps thanks to dalvik port
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 7:09 AM 4
Jolla must be able to run Android apps, and they should keep MeeGo interface and build on it.
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 5:59 AM 6
i heard that meego also linux based is it? If that so nokia should corpopate with google so that meego can taste google play app. And i think google dont mind that cant deliver android os to nokia...
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 6:29 AM 4
Yes, all Jolla has to do is using same API as Android. B-c Android is open source Linux and same is Meego so I don't think Google is able to prevent that even if they want. But my guess is Google will not allow Jolla to access Play store b-c the sales will not be big and Jolla can be a real threat to Android.
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 6:46 AM 3
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i knew it............when i said that nokia will gift them with meego patents, others replied to me saying that nokia will never do that, they were wrong........nokia had to do it, nokia ditched their employees and left them unemployed, so it was nokia's responsibility to give them what they deserved
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 6:00 AM 3
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so its actually a nokia child company as nokia signed with MS but they dont want to abandon the meego this good move make another company and give them what they will need to get started i like this approch
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 6:55 AM 4
That shows us Linux breed is awesome!
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 7:55 AM 1
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Update: Looks like something got lost in translation. According to a statement given to SlashGear from Nokia’s Mark Durrant, the company has not given Jolla any patents. ”We’re proud of the support from our Bridge program to start-ups founded by former Nokia people,” Durrant told us, “but we have not gifted Nokia patents to any of them, including Jolla.”
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 10:59 AM 0
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