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Ultra-strong Turing Phone ditches Android for Sailfish OS

Ultra-strong Turing Phone ditches Android for Sailfish OS

Ultra-strong both in software and in materials. That was the promise that Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) made with its Turing Phone, which, a good number of pre-order buyers have indeed believed. That, however, was last year. The smartphone, which boasts of a "stronger than steel" liquid metal body, has already been delayed. And now it might be delayed even more. The company has informed early buyers that it has decided to switch from Android to Jolla's Sailfish OS, a rather dumbfounding move for a device that still needs to prove it can actually reach the market.

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It’s official: Jolla Tablet is dead, 540 units to be shipped

It’s official: Jolla Tablet is dead, 540 units to be shipped

It almost seemed like a fairy tale, with Jolla successfully funding not one but two Jolla Tablet crowdfunding campaigns, raking in thousands of dollars in the process. After a more or less prestigious Jolla smartphone, there was very little doubt that the Finnish startup would be able to deliver. It seems that things were too good to be true, however, and now Jolla is officially confirming the writing on the wall. The Jolla Tablet dream is no more and only the remaining 540 units in stock will be shipped. The rest, instead, will get refunds.

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Jolla greets the new year with bad news on tablet deliveries

Jolla greets the new year with bad news on tablet deliveries

Jolla is definitely starting the new year with a bang. At the end of 2015, narrowly missing Santa's naughty list, the Finnish startup took stock of their rather tumultuous year and of the challenges up ahead. But sandwiched in between retrospective and prophesy are words that Jolla fans have probably dreaded hearing for a few months now. Good news: some Jolla tablets will still be shipping out to backers who already "paid" for it via crowdfunding. Bad news: not everyone, even those who financially invested in it, will be getting the now mythical mobile device.

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Jolla secures Series C funds, isn’t out of the woods yet

Jolla secures Series C funds, isn’t out of the woods yet

Jolla, the Finnish startup that rose from the ashes of Nokia's mobile dreams, may have once again beaten the odds. After near bankruptcy and after "temporarily" letting go of half of its workforce, Jolla has happily announced that it has received some much needed monetary infusion thanks to a delayed Series C funding round. But although the company can momentarily breathe a sigh of release, its battle is far from over, with its employment situation, tablet deliveries, and its business future in general still in question.

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Jolla in trouble? Pre-ordered tablets remain undelivered

Jolla in trouble? Pre-ordered tablets remain undelivered

Perhaps Nokia's curse strikes again. Jolla, a company who rose from the Finnish giant's ashes, is in a bit of financial trouble. It has filed for debt restructuring and has even announced temporary layoffs of most of its workforce. But even more worrying is that it has also halted all product deliveries, leaving thousands of pre-ordered Jolla tablets undelivered to backers who have already paid for the tablet in advance. All of these cast a shroud of uncertainty over the future of the startup and its ability to further deliver hardware products.

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Jolla Sailfish OS 2.0 released for early access users

Jolla Sailfish OS 2.0 released for early access users

Finnish startup Jolla has just announced good news for users of its custom Sailfish OS: version 2.0 of the software is now available to early access users. The update brings a number interface changes to the Jolla phone, along with supporting Jolla's tablet as well. Sailfish OS 2.0 has been in development for some time now, first being announced back in March. The startup says the two main goals for the update were to make it easier for new users and improve a simplify the overall experience for others.

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Jolla Tablet now available for pre-order

Jolla Tablet now available for pre-order

Jolla Tablet pre-orders have gone live, the company behind it has announced. Jolla says there is a “limited batch” now available to pre-order through its Jolla Online Shop, giving interested tablet users a chance to grab one of Finnish company Jolla’s own sleek tablets. Unlike competing models, Jolla Tablet doesn’t run Android; instead, it is loaded with Jolla’s own Sailfish OS 2.0 platform. The tablet is made to be both stylish and minimalist, and Jolla promises that it offers a “superb, previously unseen user experience.”

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Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla announces that they'll be pushing for two separate companies in the near future, one focusing on software, the other on hardware. While they suggest this morning that "the new Jolla devices company will be announced separately after the summer," they assure those anxiously awaiting the Jolla Tablet that they'll have the device they payed for. Eventually. As soon as possible, they say. Meanwhile those of you hoping for a wider distribution of Sailfish OS have good news coming your way.

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Russia wants to build its own smartphone OS

Russia wants to build its own smartphone OS

Russia doesn't want to depend on technology from Western countries like the US. To reduce its dependence on Western tech, Russia plans to build its own smartphone operating system to replace iOS and Android from Apple and Google. Russian minister of communications Nikolai Nikiforo recently announced plans to replace Apple and Google's operating systems with a new open-source OS based on Sailfish.

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OnePlus One can run Salifish OS, somewhat

OnePlus One can run Salifish OS, somewhat

The OnePlus One has been a remarkable smartphone, availability and issues in India notwithstanding. It has stayed true to its name of a being a flagship killer, at least for 2014's batch. But with 2015's roster already on their way, the smartphone might be showing its age. It doesn't mean, however, that it will no longer be useful. Somewhat like a Nexus, the OnePlus One could be taken to new and quite different heights, as this recent hack proves, showing the smartphone running Sailfish OS instead.

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MWC 2015 round-up; Samsung, HTC lead the way

MWC 2015 round-up; Samsung, HTC lead the way

Though we weren’t expecting a whole lot, Mobile World Congress was actually rather delightful this year. We got exactly what we came for, and even some additional surprises from top OEMs and others. There were some obvious highlights, like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but some other highlights like Jolla’s new tablet. HTC brought out their new smartphone for us to check out, but also slapped a fitness band on our wrist and VR headset on our face. But that wasn’t all! Here are some of our highlights from MWC 2015.

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