Finnish start up gives MeeGo new lease of life

MeeGo may have been dealt a bad batch of cards, but it seems the technology could be given a new lease of life.

Former Nokia employees including directors from Nokia’s MeeGo N9 project want to give the technology another chance, and have decided to use it in a new smartphone later on this year.

The startup known as Jolla Mobile said in a statement on its LinkedIn page that it would focus on designing, developing and selling new MeeGo-based smartphones and was working with international private investors and partners to make this a success.

MeeGo, created by Nokia and Intel in 2010 – 2011, hasn’t had a good start in life. It was quickly ditched by Nokia which  turned its back on it for Microsoft Windows phones, while Intel has washed its hands of it too.

Although the Linux-based MeeGo has had a few appearances in netbooks and car infotainment systems, its only smartphone use was for the N9, which fizzled out.

Although the team may have a fight on their hands to keep up with an already overcrowded market, it seems as though they have some key designers on board.

It may just be coincidence that Sotiris Makygiannis, who held the title of MeeGo development lead, left Nokia last week, but it would be interesting to see if he joins this project soon.