Former Nokia software team unveils smartphone

A group of ex-Nokia software developers unveiled its first smartphone on Monday,aiming to prove their former employer wrong by making a success of a technology dropped by the Finnish mobile phone maker.

Helsinki | Published:May 21, 2013 2:33 am

A group of ex-Nokia software developers unveiled its first smartphone on Monday,aiming to prove their former employer wrong by making a success of a technology dropped by the Finnish mobile phone maker.

Jolla was founded by Nokia’s former MeeGo software team that was shut down after the company decided to switch to Microsoft’s Windows Phone software in 2011. With just 70 employees and euro 11 million ($14.11 million) in venture financing,Jolla joins a handful of boutique operating systems such as Ubuntu which together have less than a 1-per cent presence in the mobile phone market.

Start-ups such as Jolla face a tough task breaking into the smartphone market. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS together account for 92 per cent of all shipments. Reuters

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