We first heard of Jolla back in July, a team of MeeGo-loving former Nokia employees keen to breathe new life into the operating system.
It’s only been a few months, but already we’re hearing that Jolla’s efforts might bear fruit as early as next month. Is that a banana in Jan’s pocket?
The Wall Street Journal reports that Jolla has raised €200 million “from a variety of players”, and that new hardware will be unveiled in November.
We’re told that Jolla’s brand of MeeGo will go under the name “Sailfish”, but otherwise details are unknown. Bah.
The sailfish, incidentally, is thought to be the fastest fish in the sea. What are you trying to say, Jolla?
Sailfish will reportedly be distributed for free to OEMs, though Jolla will make a few bucks by licensing certain software features and intellectual property rights.
"There has been a lot of interest in what we're doing and it has been a busy few months," purrs Jolla’s Chief Exec, Jussi Hurmola.
For those new to the politics of smartphones, MeeGo was originally introduced by Nokia and Intel in 2010, and after much faffing there was but one MeeGo-based Nokia smartphone, namely the N9.
The Finns, led by new CEO and former Microsoft guy Stephen Elop, ultimately turned their backs on MeeGo in favour of Microsoft’s Windows Phone. And we all know how that story goes. Ahem.