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Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 10:28am
Associated Press

Board members Elizabeth Nelson, left, Elizabeth Doherty, 2nd left, and Nokia Leadership Team members Stephen Elop and Michael Halbherr, right, have their picture taken with a Nokia Lumia smartphone at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Nokia Corporation, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at the Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland. Nokia's shareholders vote on Tuesday on whether or not to allow the corporation to sell its handset business to Microsoft. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Antti Aimo-Koivisto) HELSINKI (AP) — A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market.

The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system.

The 4.5-inch phone features an eight megapixel camera, supports fast 4G Internet connections and includes Nokia's HERE maps covering 180 countries. It is compatible with some 85,000 apps by Google's Android.

It will first launch in Finland on Wednesday and then in 135 other countries.

Jolla was founded in 2011 after Nokia laid off thousands of workers as it lost market share to rivals. It has over 90 employees in Finland and Hong Kong.

 

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