Jolla Smartphone Keeps MeeGo’s Dreams Alive

Finland-based mobile phone company Jolla has announced its first smartphone, which runs on the what was left off the MeeGo OS that Nokia dropped.

It was almost a year ago when a number of Nokia employees broke off from the Finnish mobile phone company. By that time, Nokia has ditched both its native OS Symbian and the Linux-based platform MeeGo in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 for its upcoming handsets. Those splintered employees, however, believed that Nokia has yet to witness the full potential of MeeGo, which the company only used for Nokia N9.

The device, also called “Jolla,” runs on Sailfish OS, which was developed from Mer, an open-source OS that was forked from MeeGo. It will be available for only 399 euros and comes with a user-replaceable battery, as well as the ability to run Android apps.

The Jolla smartphone features a 4.5-inch “Estrade” display, an unnamed dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), an an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. It also comes with a customizable feature called “The Other Half,” wherein users can switch the shell at the back of the phone and it changes the color theme of the OS, according to the shell’s hue, in the process. Users can choose from teal, red, and light green shells among others.

Jolla is now available for pre-order, with the delivery date before the “end of 2013,” but that would depend on the demand in the buyer’s local market. The cost may be a bit too much, but people who held on to the greatness of MeeGo may find the Jolla smartphone worth every euro.

Source: Jolla, via Ars Technica

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