The Meego operating system may be poised for a resurrection.
Jolla, a Finnish company, announced back in July that it has picked up the Meego and will start developing new smartphones that run this operating system. Even though not much was heard from the company since then, it has come back with an announcement that it has been able to raise 200 million euros as funding. Aside from this, the company made another surprising announcement – a Meego powered smartphone will be released very soon.
Jolla has not revealed any more details about the funding it got, only saying that it has established an “alliance” with other “players in the industry.” The company did say that a data center that will be hosting its cloud service and infrastructure will be established in Hong Kong. The location of the data center also reveals one of Jolla’s strategies – which is to aggressively market itself in the Asian region. The company has already identified China as a “game changer in the technology industry.” This doesn’t mean that the Meego smartphones will only be distributed in Asia. Jolla has assured consumers that it will be made available in other markets as well.
The new Meego OS has gotten a codename, Sailfish, and according to Jolla CEO Jussi Hurmola, Meego will be more open than Android in terms of service development and apps. He further added that the support system for the Meego ecosystem is already working and that the company will reveal more about the user interface and the app ecosystem at the Slush startup conference in Helsinki this coming November.
Originally posted on October 4, 2012 @ 9:56 pm