Before I start this post I will do a little background here on the Nokia N9. It is running MeeGo Harmattan not just MeeGo. What’s the difference you say? Plenty. The OS that the N9 runs is actually Maemo 6 (aka MeeGo Harmattan) which is a continuation of Maemo 5 used on the N900. So anyone else who makes a MeeGo phone cannot use the N9 style of interface simply because Nokia owns it.
So why should Nokia give this secret formula to Jolla? It’s pretty simple and it would benefit both camps greatly.
- Let’s face it the lions share of the Jolla guys are displaced Nokia workers that have worked on the N9 and already know the software inside and out.
- Nokia still has a HUGE image problem in it’s home country of Finland and helping out another Finnish mobile start up company can only help that issue.
- This one is the most important for Nokia…Monetary. Nokia could “give” Jolla the access and permission to use MeeGo Harmattan in exchange for the promised up keep and support of the Nokia N9 till 2015. This would help save money in Nokia budget for R&D and they could simply outsource MeeGo support. (much like they did for Symbian)
Clearly for Jolla this would give them an advantage to their new UI by giving current N9 owners part of the experience they expect from a MeeGo device. I know this is all a pipe dream and it will never happen but it should. Both parties have everything to gain and nothing to lose in this transaction.
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