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Jolla Sailfish OS might be coming to a smartwatch near you

Jolla Sailfish OS might be coming to a smartwatch near you

Smartwatches might no longer be the hot items they once were, if they truly were, but some seem to be unwilling to call it quits on the market. In fact, some are still just catching up to smartwatches. Whether it is Fitbit’s rumored plans to buy Pebble or the new generation of smartwatch platforms popping up here and there. The latest ambitious attempt at cornering at least the software market is Sailfish OS, the Linux-based platform from Jolla. Although the startup isn’t yet saying it will be coming out with a Sailfish OS smartwatch, it is proudly boasting that, at least on the software side, it can easily be done.

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Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Things have been a little rough so far this year for Jolla, the Finnish startup behind the open-source Sailfish OS. First its tablet device was confirmed dead after a mere 540 units were shipped, and then it found itself in financial trouble before securing $12 million in funding. But now there's some good news for the future of Sailfish, which is that Russia has certified the OS for official use in both governments and corporations.

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Jolla secures more funding, refunds rolling out

Jolla secures more funding, refunds rolling out

Jolla had a dream, to take succeed where Nokia failed in the smartphone industry after the latter's acquiescence to Microsoft. The software part was relatively easy. It already had the experience in Nokia's previous failed attempts at creating its own platform. Hardware, however, was probably more than it could chew, which it found out the very hard way. Jolla has practically given up on that and is focusing on software development and licensing instead. In that vein, it just secured $12 million in funding, which would eventually help the company continue refunding its disappointed, perhaps even disgruntled, customers.

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Jolla’s Aqua Fish swims into MWC 2016 to prove Sailfish OS isn’t dead

Jolla’s Aqua Fish swims into MWC 2016 to prove Sailfish OS isn’t dead

Jolla's hardware plans may have crashed and burned, but the company's strategy of licensing its Sailfish OS has borne fruit here at Mobile World Congress. The first smartphone to run Sailfish 2.0 has been revealed, the handiwork of Indian phone maker Intex Technologies, dubbed the Aqua Fish.

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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 names Intex Technologies as first Sailfish OS partner

Jolla names Intex Technologies as first Sailfish OS partner

Jolla has been busy splitting itself in two so that it can offer its Sailfish OS to different companies and make hardware at the same time. With the split having been announced earlier this month, Jolla has just announced its first Sailfish OS partner that will be producing devices running the OS. The first partner for Sailfish is Intex Technologies.

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