When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop took his post, he fired people within the frame of reconstruction. At the moment I can’t recall how many employees were left with no work but the number was great. Some of those people were later hired by a new company called Jolla. They began working on a smartphone, which would run MeeGo and which had been denied by Nokia in favor of Series 40 and Windows Phone mobile operating systems. Until recently the Jolla team used to continuously make announcements. The announcements had suddenly stopped, and it caused a worry. Now it turns out the team was working really hard on a new device.
In an interview with Gigaom Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola yesterday said their new smartphone is almost ready and will be announced before the end of the year. At the moment the team is working on building the ecosystem, including developers, services and navigation.
As to the device itself, it will use brand new UI, thus, this MeeGo running smartphone will differ much from what we saw on the Nokia N9.
In all probability, the company is in negotiations with carriers and retailers that will help it gain popularity. The first market the Jolla smartphone will be launched is Europe. Other countries will get it later.