Nokia has ended their support for Symbian and MeeGo. This is not surprising because Nokia’s mobile division has become a property of Microsoft Corporation and is fully focused on supporting Windows Phone. Nokia has around 92% of the Windows Phone market today. Symbian made the announcement through their Twitter account. Nokia announced that they would be shutting down support for Symbian and MeeGo apps back in September.
Some of Nokia’s former staff has created a mobile startup called Jolla. Jolla will be building new MeeGo devices. Jolla has “directors and core professionals from Nokia’s MeeGo N9 organization, together with some of the best minds working on MeeGo in the communities” according to the company’s LinkedIn page. Marc Dillon is COO of the company and he was the Principal Engineer of MeeGo for 11 years.
Last month Nokia’s MeeGo chief Ari Jaaksi had resigned. It turns out that he has found a new home at HP Palm as a Senior Vice President. This has been confirmed on his LinkedIn profile. Jaaksi will oversee webOS and Palm devices. [Engadget]
MeeGo is a Linux-based open source operating system project announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2010 through a partnership between Intel and Nokia. Ari Jaaksi, a VP of Nokia MeeGo has resigned this past week. Ari’s departure from MeeGo will not affect the rollout schedule for MeeGo’s first device at the end of 2010. Ari’s resignation follows the recent departure of former Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and Anssi Vanjoki. [Engadget]