Nokia announced last year that it would focus its entire resource on Windows Phone platform. The partnership with Microsoft is meant to turn the tides for the Finnish company, which lost its leading spot in the mobile phones sales.
The company’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, stated at that time that the transition from Symbian to Windows Phone wouldn’t be easy and that it would involve lots of job cuts and projects closed.
Although Nokia promised Symbian users it would keep supporting the platform for several more years at least, it appears that MeeGo fans won’t get the same treatment.
There was a statement that assured customers who purchased the MeeGo-based N9 that Nokia would continue to offer support for this new platform at least until 2015. Unfortunately, lots of Nokia’s MeeGo team employees left the company due to various reasons.
However, everything became clear a few days ago
when MeeGo development lead Sotiris Makyrgiannis left Nokia along with other members of the team.
The good news is that Jolla Ltd., an independent Finland-based smartphone product company, has just announced it will design, develop and retail new MeeGo-based products.
The Finnish company includes several senior ex-members from Nokia’s MeeGo N9 development team, along with some engineers and developers from the MeeGo communities.
“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
,” said Jussi Hurmola, CEO Jolla Ltd.
Jolla Ltd. is expected to announce a new MeeGo-based smartphone
later this year, along with international private investors and partners.
It looks like the company has been working on developing a new smartphone product and the OS since the end of 2011.
According to the company, the mobile platform has evolved from MeeGo OS using Mer Core and Qt with Jolla technology including its own brand new UI. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.