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Jolla Oy employs Nokia's former MeeGo organization

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MeeGo smartphone? N9 smartphone? Mer Core? Qt?

An independent smartphone product company named Jolla Oy has been formed by former employees of Nokia's MeeGo N9 organization. The company announced a sales and distribution agreement with D.Phone Group, a chain of mobile phone shops located in China. Jolla stated that the companies have set targets for sales volume in China's 150 million unit per year smartphone market.

The MeeGo operating system, which was carried by Nokia's N9 smartphone, was dropped by the company in 2011 in favor of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. MeeGo is a Linux-based open source mobile operating system targeted at a range of mobile devices.

Jolla plans to design, develop and sell MeeGo-derived smartphones. The company has said it was formed in 2011, has investors and partners and has been developing a smartphone to be launched later in 2012. The operating system has evolved from MeeGo using technologies called Mer Core and Qt and will include in innovative user interface, the company said.

The company name, which means dinghy in Finnish, is a possible reference to the occasion in February 2011 when Nokia CEO Stephen Elop likened Nokia to a burning oil platform that would force workers to jump into the sea.

Jolla's senior executives are CEO Jussi Hurmola, chairman Antti Saarnio Sami Pienimaki, vice president of sales and business development; Stefano Mosconi, chief information officer and chief operating officer Marc Dillon.

"Nokia created something wonderful C 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," said Jussi Hurmola, in a statement.

The company has about 50 employees and received help from Nokia as part of redundancy support program to form the company, according to reports.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times U.S.

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