MeeGo isn’t dead yet. While Nokia was quick to kick it to the curb following the public outing of their Microsoft and Windows Phone love fest, there’s still a strong following. Jolla is that chance at a second life. Based in Finnland, the mash-up of former Nokia employees is looking to take the shattered remains of MeeGO and slap it on new hardware all while adding new features and making the open source OS a viable option to the likes of Android, iOS, Windows Phone and more.
Today, we’re already learning of Jolla’s most immediate plans, specifically their first device. Bucking the trend of bigger is better will be the company’s first 3.5″ device packing none other than the latest version of MeeGo. The most interesting part (for now, anyway) the company is doing with MeeGo and this first device revolves around apps. Considering the MeeGo developer ecosystem is a tiny sliver of other more mature ecosystems, it’s easy to see how app selection is a serious issue. But it won’t have to be (in theory). Jolla is designing “the new MeeGo” to run HTML 5 and QT apps while also looking at taking a page from RIM’s…er…PlayBook and adding an application layer on top of MeeGo to allow the installation and running of Android apps as well. Partner in crime, OpenMobile, says the Android app layer will allow apps to run at native speed and be completely indiscernable to native MeeGO apps.
We’ve yet to see any type of tacked on app layer run apps from one ecosystem on another at native speeds or without any issues – two things the various parties involves are claiming will happen with Android apps on MeeGo. We’ll remain rather reserved with our excitement as to not be too disappointed when things don’t work out. That said, should Jolly and friends get the Android app layer to a level that is legitimately identical to stock in terms of speed (and working out of the box with no special actions required by the end user) we’ll jump for joy.
So, what do you think? Another shot for MeeGo?