May 22, 2013

New smartphone emerges from ex-Nokia team

A new smartphone has emerged onto the market after a team of ex-Nokia employees founded a company to make use of the abandoned MeeGo project.

MeeGo was a smartphone operating system being pursued by Nokia prior to its decision to unite with Microsoft and deliver Windows Phone handsets.

It was sat gathering dust, but this team have now built the Jolla phone (pronounced Yol-la), using a customer OS known as Sailfish, the BBC reported.

The handset looks set to be released towards the end of this year, but it will only be available online.

Antti Saarnio, chairman and co-founder of Jolla, told the BBC: “For a couple of years we haven't had anything really interesting in the mobile phone market. This creates opportunities for newcomers to come in. It's different, but it's purposefully different.”

The handset has a 4.5Mp camera, supports 4G and, crucially, is compatible with apps made for Android systems.

It also boasts interchangeable covers, something that might appeal to a younger audience in particular. But in addition to allowing users to switch the colour of the handset itself, changing the cover will also change the interface on the phone as well, creating a fun way of personalising the handset.

Nokia is still losing out on market share, although the Windows Phones have performed relatively well. It will be interesting to see whether or not this spin-off will be able to make a dent in the market.

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