SGT CAPSLOCK writes:
Jolla Oy, developer of the Linux-based Sailfish OS for mobile devices as well as the creator of their namesake Jolla Phone and the soon-to-be-released Jolla Tablet, have announced that it will be restructuring the company. As per their official press release [pdf], the company has placed former Chairman of Board Dr. Antti Saarnio as its new leader, while former CEO Tomi Pienimäki has been appointed to a position outside of the company.
The press release states that a new company will be created to continue their hardware business while Jolla Oy (referred to as Jolla Ltd. in the press release) will be focusing its attention solely toward developing and licensing Sailfish OS itself.
Ok, maybe it's a good thing, but it does make one wonder what their plans are.
Yeah, doesn't it feel so sudden? At least the press release kind of assures us that the crowdfunded Jolla Tablet is going to get shipped (I hope?). I was looking forward to writing a game or two for it, if I ever got ahold of one and found out that I like Sailfish as much as I think I would...
I'm still glad I didn't pre-order one. The press release mentioned (for the first time that I'm aware of) that they're having supply issues with some hardware components they need, too. It's a real damn shame that early adopters and backers seem to get burned on almost every big crowdfunded project - that's what made me decide to just wait for it to appear on Amazon instead of contributing on their Indiegogo page.
Whatever their future may be, I hope they're able to at least fulfil their obligations to their Indiegogo backers.