Former Nokia employees have launched a start-up company to manufacture smartphones powered by MeeGo, the operating system Nokia dropped when it signed its partnership deal with Microsoft in 2011.
The Finnish company Jolla is led by COO Marc Dillon, who was Nokia’s principal engineer for MeeGo. In a statement, the company said it had international investors on board, adding that the team is formed of ‘a substantial number’ of MeeGo's core engineers and directors.
It said it was ‘aggressively hiring the top MeeGo talent to contribute to the next generation smartphone production’ and will ‘design, develop and sell’ new MeeGo-based smartphones.
MeeGo software was created by Nokia and Intel in 2010-2011 for its products and was used in its netbooks and car infotainment systems. It was also the OS on the Nokia N9 smartphone, which received positive reviews when it was launched.
However, both the Linux-based MeeGo operating system and the Symbian platform were dropped as part of a deal which saw Nokia go into partnership with Microsoft to develop smartphones running on the Windows Phone operating system.