Three months ago, I wrote a post about my relationship with mobile devices and how it changed over the years, with the intention that it would give context to any reviews I might write or opinions I might share, related to mobile technology, and computing in general. While I haven't followed it up with any other posts, perhaps I can point to it now, to explain that I've been a fan of Nokia's products over the years, especially their Linux offerings.
In the beginning of this year, I was exploring Windows Phone development and when I set out to purchase a device to develop on, I chose Lumia 800 over the 710, inspite of its poor value-for-money equation, simply because it looked like the Nokia N9, a device that I verily wished I had. I enjoyed the Windows Phone experience and the Lumia 800 became my primary device.
On July 7th, I found myself staring in excitement, at a story coming out of Finland - "Jolla promises MeeGo will live on, plans new smartphone to reward the faithful". While I did have thoughts about acquiring an N9 sitting at the back of my head, perhaps I would not have turned those into action if not for this news. The announcement rekindled my interest and renewed my passion for a platform that allowed me to do things that I enjoyed. I gave away my Lumia, and one week later, I became an owner of its inspiration, the Nokia N9. Ever since, I've been closely following the story, eager to learn and experience the next installment of what started out as Maemo.
My admiration for Jussi Hurmola has grown with each interview that I've read of his. Not because of the above quote, which has more to do with technical aspects of the user experience of Sailfish OS, the platform being developed by Jolla, but generally because of his perception of the industry and how he has represented Jolla, as the CEO (which he isn't any more, in order to focus on the development of Sailfish).
Coming back to the quote, I like where this is going. After using the Nokia N900 as my primary device for a couple of years, having all my communications in a single place, and integrated with contacts, is something I missed dearly on devices running Android, Windows Phone 7 and Nokia Belle. MeeGo Harmattan on the Nokia N9 added to this "integrated" experience of Maemo 5 with notifications and feeds.
Considering that majority of the people working on Jolla's Sailfish OS are the same folks who brought us the Nokia N9 and Harmattan, and a tweet from Sotiris Makrygiannis (who was the "Director of Applications, MeeGo" at Nokia and was involved with the development of both the N900 and the N9) extending support to Jolla in the form of a framework developed by his company CBTec, it will be interesting to see how pluggable this new descendant of Maemo will be and where they will take this "integrated" experience next.