Former Nokia employees plan to launch Meego smartphone.

nokia meegoHelsinki: A Finnish startup, formed by former Nokia employees plans to launch its first smartphone later this year on the defunct Meego operating system, which was developed in partnership with Intel but was basically left for dead when Nokia selects to drop investment in the platform and move to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, the reports said.

The company will be lead by Chief Operating Officer Marc Dillon, who worked at Nokia for about 11 years, most lately as its principal engineer for Meego.

The company said in a statement “The Jolla team is formed by directors and core professionals from Nokia’s MeeGo N9 organisation, together with some of the best minds working on MeeGo in the communities.”

Jolla said that it would focus on designing, developing and selling latest MeeGo-based smartphones and reveal the first model later this year, with international private investors and partners.

The free, Linux-based OS was designed mainly for mobile devices like Netbooks and tablet computers. Nokia built one Meego smartphone, which was significantly praised but was little more than a unique experiment.

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