Jolla Mobile says its first MeeGo phone will be 3.5in-plus, and will run Android apps

Jolla Mobile says its first MeeGo phone will be 3.5in-plus, and will run Android appsThere'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.

Via FoneArena

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2012 at 18:04

Bring it on.

Pondlife  Aug. 20, 2012 at 18:21

Well there's potential to be interesting

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2012 at 18:31

Well there's potential to be interesting

I say.
I have had an interesting 'relationship' with my Nokia N9.
First 2 hours I was in awe. Then some of the flaws of PR 1.1 sank in. And for about 3 weeks I was mostly frustrated with it.
However, eventually the efficient simplicity sneaks up on you. And it also brought me down to earth with re. to just how many (few) apps one needs.
I was totally relieved when I returned the SGS3 to go back to the N9! I wouldn't swap it for any current flagship.

Pondlife  Aug. 20, 2012 at 18:57

And yet only thing I'd do with an N9 is sell it.
Hasn't it spent much of it's life in a drawer?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2012 at 19:05

And yet only thing I'd do with an N9 is sell it.
Hasn't it spent much of it's life in a drawer?

When PR1.2 came delayed to Ireland/Uk handset, yes, I used the Pre 3 more. Then I had the HTC One-devices to 'try' and recently the SGS3... But no, for a couple of months now, the N9 has been my 'main' phone.
Currently I'm curious only about the iPhone 5, and, gulp, possibly WP8, but I won't buy either, unless the iPhone 5 has a really really big surprise up its sleeve - ie, mass storage mode or PureView-rivalling cam tech. But I suspect the focus will be on some screen innovation and more and more cloud nonsense - something I have zero interest in.
I'm most definitely done with Android for at least 12 month. So, what else is there? :p

Pondlife  Aug. 20, 2012 at 19:08

Blackberry ;) :p

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2012 at 19:37

Blackberry ;) :p

Actually - who knows? But they will be overpriced without a doubt. And even the top-device will have a cr*p camera...

Pondlife  Aug. 20, 2012 at 19:42

Maybe the licensee will make one with decent camera *giggles*

AhmadCentral  Aug. 20, 2012 at 21:20

Can't wait. I've always been a fan of the way meego works.

carun  Aug. 21, 2012 at 05:43

I am waiting..i am waiting..

timy  Aug. 21, 2012 at 21:10

Hopefully jolla can make something as great as the N9, i l love mine, and this is the only thing on the horizon that interests me!

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2012 at 11:11

timy,
agree. And jolla will be proper MeeGo. Not the rushed Harmattan.

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