The short-lived Nokia N9

A group of ex-Nokia executives has set up a start-up firm aiming to design, develop and sell MeeGo-based smartphones.

MeeGo is a free, Linux-based mobile operating system project that was first announced at Mobile World Congress 2010 by Intel and Nokia. It was designed to go toe to toe with Android and iOS in the top end smartphone space.

However, development of the platform moved too slowly for Nokia and when the firm offloaded Symbian to Accenture and partnered with Microsoft on Windows Phone, Meego’s days were numbered. In September 2011, Intel announced that it would cease development of the platform and instead focus on Tizen, a similar open source mobile operating system, with Samsung.

Nokia launched its first and last Meego handset in that September, the Nokia N9 but now FInnish startup Jolla Ltd aims to pick up where Nokia and Intel left off.

The Jolla team comprises ex-executives from Nokia’s MeeGo N9 organisation, together with some of the developers from the MeeGo open source community that had worked on the platform.

“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,” the start-up wrote in a statement on its LinkedIn page.

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