MeeGo started as a Nokia-led smartphone operating system supported by the Linux Foundation, Intel, Novell and AMD. Intel has since transferred its Linux smartphone operating system development to Tizen, an initiative supported by Samsung and US operator Sprint Nextel.
The involvement of an operator in Tizen development is significant: there is a strong desire among operators to reduce the influence of Apple and Google, in particular, as well as to take back control of their channel to customers.
This is especially apparent in operator-led efforts to develop their own mobile payments system, rather than letting Google, Visa or PayPal take control of this potentially lucrative revenue source.
Jolla has already secured first round funding, Hurmola told Computing. "We have private investors from Finland and other countries – international, private investors. Our financing situation at the moment is such that our first phase of operations is fully financed," said Hurmola.
One source of funding, according to reports, is Nokia, with its Nokia Bridge incubator programme providing finance for the start-up. However, any patents relating to MeeGo have not been gifted to the company, but will be licensed, according to Nokia.