Since news of Jolla — a Finnish mobile startup that wants to resurrect Nokia’s (s NOK) abandoned MeeGo software platform with new handsets — first appeared in July, the company has kept a lot of the fine detail under wraps. But that silence left scads of unanswered questions: how was it going to build its business? Would it have to license patents from Nokia? What would its handsets look like?

The details are still largely shrouded in secrecy, but at least now the company has answered one major question buzzing around it: how can it get the breadth and depth of apps it’ll need to encourage new users in?

After all, every successful modern mobile OS has a large and vibrant app store that draws in customers — and helps keep them there. In part, the inability to build and encourage an app economy has been part of the…

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