Jolla Mobile a Helsiki-based startup plans to release their first handset by the end of this year which will be running on MeeGo OS. This piece of news comes from Jolla Mobile CEO Jussi Hurmola during an interview with GigaOM.
Many people will be quick to point out that MeeGo OS was ditched by Nokia, so how did it resurrect again. Things will get clear with the fact that Jolla was founded by two ex-Nokia employees Marc Dillon and Jussi Hurmola. It shows, while Nokia readily left MeeGo to partner with Microsoft and take up Windows, some of the people associated with MeeGo were not ready to part with it.
A piece of information from the company last month had mentioned that their phones would have the ability to run Android app along with MeeGo native apps. However, recent updates from the company did not comment on this fact further. The device is expected to support cross-platform technologies such as HTML5 and Marmalade, but they have all their focus on allowing developers to create apps for MeeGo. Hurmola said that at the moment they are trying to is setup an ecosystem, "You can't do a smartphone without supporting developers, services, navigation - we are setting all that up."
Hurmola said in the interview that Jolla will be announcing its first handset this year and also when it will be available.