Well now it looks like a Finnish startup made up of ex-Nokia employees will be giving it the Frankenstein’s monster treatment, attaching electrodes to its temples and juicing it back to life.
The startup is named Jolla, and intends to make handsets that use the defunct operating system. Jolla’s chief operating officer is Marc Dillon, who spent 11 years at Nokia, and was MeeGo’s principal engineer. So if anyone knows the OS, it’ll be him.
In a statement, Jolla said: “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.
“Together with international investors and partners, Jolla Ltd. will design, develop and sell new MeeGo based smartphones. The Jolla team consists of a substantial number of MeeGo’s core engineers and directors, and is aggressively hiring the top MeeGo talent to contribute to the next generation smartphone production.”
Now, we’re all for competition, but does it really think it compete with the likes of iOS and Android? Nokia obviously didn’t think the platform was strong enough, hence its deal with Microsoft.
The operating system has also been superseded by Tizen, which Samsung is rolling its Bada platform into. So it seems like everyone has agreed MeeGo has had its day.
But still, let’s wait and see what Jolla comes out with before writing it off. It does seem a shame to spend all that time and money developing an operating system for it to never be used.