There's been plenty of interest in Finnish startup Jolla Mobile – a group of former Nokia employees who have decided to do what Nokia chose not to: commit its future to MeeGo.
But after an initial wave of excitement things have gone a bit quiet, but fear not: Jolla is hard at work making its dream a reality, and the latest announcement is that its debut phone will have a screen coming in at larger than 3.5in, and that it'll support Android apps too.
Helsinki-based Jolla currently has a staff of some 50 employees – a fraction of Finland's number one phone maker Nokia (even after considerable layoffs in the wake of its diminished status these days).
And maybe that's why we haven't heard from Jolla for a while: they're all hard at work on getting the company's first phone out the door – a point Apple and Samsung's sprawling legal departments could do with thinking about.
But Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola has still found time to tell Finnish publication 3T (translated by Arctic Startup) that progress is going well, and that the much-awaited debut device will support not only HTML5 apps and Qt apps (despite Nokia having now sold Qt entirely), but Android apps too thanks to a software add-on called ACL (application compatibility layer).
Hurmola also says the device will have a screen size larger than 3.5 inches, a minor but important detail to file away as we await the project to take further shape.