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.
Perhaps a bit OT, but since I have a Jolla phone which I'm generally happy with I really hope the guys rethink their swipe gesture UI. Right now it seems like different apps and phone orientations all behave a bit differently as far as gesture control goes, so a lot of the time I just end up having to swipe the screen randomly until the phone does what I want it to do. Or end up having to lock/unlock the phone in order to reliably get back to the main desktop. As-is I can't really recommend the phone to others, and that's a real shame since I really want Jolla to succeed.
This is obviously just MHO, but even replacing the gestures with the old Maemo way of navigating from one app to another would improve UI usability 100%.
Since I was so interested in Sailfish, I've actually been reading quite a bit about how they're interested in solving the same problems you brought up with their UI. At least they seem to be aware of them and interested in looking for ways to unify things properly.
I really hope their company isn't sinking. I want to try it myself and see some day.