London: A team of former Nokia employees has come up with a new smartphone called Jolla, pronounced Yol-la, with the same operating system MeeGo, now renamed Sailfish, which was abandoned by Nokia in 2011 in favour of Windows Phone.
The phone, which will be sold only online, will be made available by the year-end. According to the BBC, the phone has a 4.5-inch screen, 8 mega-pixel camera, supports 4G and is compatible for Google's Android apps. Interestingly, the smartphone has a feature, what the company headed by Mr. Saarnio calls as ''The other half''.
The colored back of the phone is interchangeable which allows the user to also change the OS, which many speculate to be working on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Saarnio calls it is an interesting way to show that you ''belong'' to something.
When Nokia abandoned its joint venture with IBM on the creation of the new OS to rival the likes of Google and Apple, many of the employees including Saario left the organization but continued to work on MeeGo. According to the report, the new smartphone company is open to other smartphone makers, including Nokia, to use their operating system Sailfish.
First Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 13:46