Remember the MeeGo OS? Not likely, as the only phone that it was ever released on, the Nokia N9, never made it to the UK. The obscure operating system was initially developed by Nokia and Intel, and was meant to join the two-horse OS race between iOS and Android.
However, a small band of former Nokia employees have decided to give MeeGo another shot, and have begun working on resurrecting the OS to push it out to the big manufacturers.
Led by former MeeGo engineer Marc Dillon, the startup project is going by the name of Jolla (Finnish for ‘dinghy’), and they’ll have the tough task of trying to attract developers to come work on the Linux-based OS.
The fact that the OS is Linux-based works in its favour, as it’s a relatively convenient platform for developers to work on (just look at Android). However, with the dominance of iOS and Android, and with Windows Phone slowly but surely increasing its share of the market, is there really room for a such an unknown OS as MeeGo? We’ll just have to wait and see.