MeeGo to be reincarnated by ex-Nokia employees
9th Jul 2012 | 10:52
Set to be called Jolla
A group of former Nokia employees have come together to form Jolla in a bid to revive the doomed MeeGo operating system.
MeeGo, a joint venture between Intel, Nokia and Samsung, had a short and sorry life, pronounced dead before it even ventured onto its first (and only) handset, the Nokia N9, but it looks as though it may get a second chance.
The official Jolla Twitter account bio reads; "Jolla continues Nokia's excellent work on #MeeGo based smartphones together with the #N9 core professionals and #MeeGo community alumni."
"Worlds best smartphone product"
On the Jolla LinkedIn page, the collective states: "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."
It looks like Jolla's first objective is to spread the MeeGo word, as it's planning to open a website and Facebook page soon to complement its growing Twitter following (almost 6,000 at time of writing).
MeeGo to challenge inbred relative Tizen?
The Linux-based MeeGo OS was initially developed by Nokia as a rival to Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms, but the project was ditched and the Finnish firm then signed a deal with Microsoft to use Windows Phone.
Samsung decided to take on parts of MeeGo, as it created a new OS in partnership with Intel known as Tizen, which could be the main rival for Jolla to contend with.
It's still very much early doors for the Jolla team, and we're not sure if there's enough space in the market for another OS to make significant waves, but MeeGo was a promising offering so we'll be watching eith interest.