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posted by martyb on Friday April 24 2015, @11:34AM   Printer-friendly
from the good-fast-cheap-pick-two dept.

According to the Jolla Blog the ship date for the much anticipated Jolla Tablet has slipped: From June-ish to July-ish. (The original ship date was expected to be May).

Jolla had one of the most successful Crowdfunded projects run by IndieGOGO. It ended up being over funded by 480%, exhibiting strong support for another tablet that isn't IOS, isn't Android, and isn't Windows.

Pre-production versions of the Jolla Tablet were judged Best Tablet of Mobile World Congress 15. (autoplay video on the page).

In fact the MWC event played a part in slowing down the release, as Jolla burned the midnight oil getting demonstrators ready for the show. In spite of a not yet completed Sailfish 2.0 operating system and not yet finalized hardware, Jolla impressed all reviewers.

Along the way, Jolla made significant upgrades to to the tablet's specs, including an upgraded Sailfish 2.0. Also added were larger memory, and a just announced new screen.

Sailfish OS can run android apps. The latest release version is Sailfish Äijänpäivänjärvi. (No, I can't pronounce it either). Its currently running on the Jolla phone, available mostly in Europe.

Since Sailfish is based on Ubuntu and Mer, it is Linux, and as such you can install Linux applications. Because of this, it may provide some competition to the big players in the mobile field.

Jolla (pronounced "yala", means small boat in Finish) is based in Finland (Suomi). The company is composed of ex-Nokia veterans. The Tablet's Main Website is rather script heavy.

Disclaimer: While this may read like a slashvertisment, I have no connection to Jolla, other than as a future customer. I participated in the Crowd-funding, (paid the money) but I haven't seen either the Tablet or the Phone yet. I'm eager to get my hands on it. Delays aren't fun, but I'd rather have it right than have it right away.

 
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  • (Score: 1) by yarp on Friday April 24 2015, @01:25PM

    by yarp (2665) on Friday April 24 2015, @01:25PM (#174631)

    I would hazard a guess it's anticipated by more than 20,000 people who stumped up over 2.5 million USD in funding. Aside from that it offers a break from the norm in choice of OS and attracted an honour at a recent show, so there's probably some substance to it.

    So how does one pronounce "La Jolla" in California? I'm not sure there will be much confusion.

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by FatPhil on Friday April 24 2015, @01:41PM

    by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Friday April 24 2015, @01:41PM (#174640) Homepage
    The Californian one, being Spanish, would be pronounced more like "hoya" to an Englishman.

    The Finnish one should in Finnish be pronounced like "yolla", but apparently the top guys didn't want to confuse people with Finnish pronunciation rules so decided that it would instead be pronounced as it reads, with the /dz/ 'j' sound at the start. Very few of the Finns and Finnish residents working for the company got that memo. Which of course means that there's now confusion caused by the attempt to reduce confusion. This is the kind of Nokian decision-making which fucked Maemo/Meego, and really doesn't make me feel confident that Jolla's going to be any better managed.

    Disclaimer: ex-Maemo/Meego dev, know a load of engineers at Jolla.
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  • (Score: 1) by tftp on Saturday April 25 2015, @02:24AM

    by tftp (806) on Saturday April 25 2015, @02:24AM (#174926) Homepage

    I would hazard a guess it's anticipated by more than 20,000 people who stumped up over 2.5 million USD in funding

    That would be one in 300,000 people, assuming that 6 billion live on this Earth. Most cities will not have even one such enthusiast.

    Myself, I wouldn't want to get one. Why to bother? There are many other tablets on the market, today and for less money, and they all will run your software. Who would want to code for a device that only three persons per million have? But even if we ignore this aspect, how would I personally benefit from this device? I checked the Web site, and they don't say much. The only difference I see is that they support resizing of windows. Probably not something that you want to do on a small tablet. But if that's important... why not to hack Android's WM [stackexchange.com]?