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    Staff at Jolla will continue to live lean for at least the next year. And that's only if the company's financial problems don't swallow them whole first. The Finnish startup that sought to deliver a tablet with a fresh approach to mobile software has announced that it is "aiming for closure" in a blog post from co-founder Antti Saarnio this afternoon. It hopes to begin the deliverance of 540 Jolla Tablets to Indiegogo backers as well as refunding the thousands of other backers and first-party customers of the Jolla Shop starting in February. Jolla will execute the refund process in two ...

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    Last time we checked in with Jolla, the company behind upstart platform Sailfish OS, things weren't looking so great. Jolla was in the process of laying off half its workforce with the aim of tightening its purse-strings following a failed effort to close its most recent funding round. While the company was adamant that Sailfish OS would live on, it was hard to deny that Jolla was in a very tough spot. It's far from out of the woods just yet, but today we learn of a significant victory towards getting things back on track, as Jolla picks up a much-needed investment. Jolla isn't saying just ...

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    With the really big companies in the smartphone market as dominant as they are, things are hard for the smaller players. And for as true as that is for even significant names like HTC and Motorola, it can be positively overwhelming for nascent upstarts. Jolla sure took on a big challenge when it attempted to introduce not just its alternative Sailfish OS, but also its own hardware that would run the platform. And while so far the company has managed to keep its head above water, public struggles like its delay in shipping the Jolla Tablet have hinted that things may be rockier than we ...

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    One of the many mobile tech offshoots we've covered a couple of years ago has now made movements on its new merchandise. Of course, when the dissidents of Nokia who founded Jolla some four years ago, the company had some big plans for its little unique community. But with a phone under the belt, the team decided that a tablet could better project the path forward for the company. Enter the Jolla Tablet which is now in the preliminary shipping stage. This stage involves one small batch of invitations going out to its early Indiegogo supporters to make final device customizations before ...

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    Jolla and its alternative mobile Sailfish OS have been finding themselves in the news a lot of sudden, first prompted by news of the company's split into hardware and software halves. Then just yesterday we caught word of a new Sailfish-powered handset on its way from Indian OEM Intex, set to debut as the first handset running the new Sailfish OS 2.0. Well, today those Intex plans go official, and beyond naming Intex as its first Sailfish OS licensing partner, Jolla's also giving us another peek at the upgraded Sailfish OS 2.0 itself. We first got to see Sailfish OS 2.0 when previewing the ...

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    Being the dedicated smartphone enthusiasts we are, we love to see a market where shoppers have plenty of mobile platform options, and for as great as Android, iOS, and even Windows Phone can be, we welcome the opportunity for others to enter the arena and show why their own operating systems are worth our smartphone-buying dollar. Last week we got some interesting news concerning one of the companies behind these up-and-coming platforms, as Jolla shared word of a major restructuring, splitting its hardware business from work on Sailfish OS. And while we'll need time to learn just how that ...

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    Jolla's both the company behind the alternative Sailfish OS and the firm responsible for hardware that runs that platform: devices like its smartphone and upcoming tablet. At least, that's been the way things have worked so far, but today Jolla shares word of a new direction going forward, one that will see Jolla crystallize its focus on software development and licensing, while forming a new spin-off company to handle hardware. Full details of this new arrangement aren't yet available, but at a future date – one Jolla says we should look forward to as we approach Q4 – Jolla will ...

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    Update: Nate Hoffelder of Ink, Bits & Pixels recently ran a statement from Yota CEO Vlad Martyanov debunking the below story. We'll clarify if and when we receive comment from Yota.   Original Story: YotaPhone is the Russian company known for its dual-screen smartphones; its most recent model, the YotaPhone 2, is a step-up in every aspect compared to the initial model, its predecessor. If you somehow missed all the buzz around the YotaPhone 2, its main feature is the E-Paper Display (EPD) on the back, a 4.7-inch 960×540 E-Ink panel that dominates the rear cover of the device. ...

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    Jolla's tablet efforts got started back in November, as the company kicked-off the crowdfunding campaign for the first Sailfish OS tablet. The Jolla Tablet popped back on our radar in January as a new storage option was added to that effort. And while we'd heard plenty about both this hardware and Jolla's plans for a next-gen Sailfish OS experience, so far it had just been this out-of-reach online dream. At MWC this year the Jolla Tablet becomes very much real, as we're given our first chance to check this guy out in the flesh. The Intel-powered tablet with its 7.85-inch display is a bit ...

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    Last fall, we saw Jolla turn a new page for both itself and Sailfish OS, stretching beyond its smartphone to test the waters of the tablet market as it attempted to crowdfund an affordable Sailfish OS-powered tablet: the aptly-named Jolla Tablet. Despite the platform's relative obscurity in the eyes of the mainstream mobile customer, Jolla quickly saw the cash pour in, with backers eager to support the company's vision. Now it's giving you a second shot at snagging one of these guys, opening funding at a new level for a 64GB edition of the Jolla Tablet. The original tablet was a 32GB ...

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    Not too long ago, Nokia found itself on a burning platform. At least, that’s what Stephen Elop said. To fight the fire, Nokia had to go all in, or double down if you will, on a platform that gave it the best chance of survival. Mr. Elop then put on his night cap, and slipped in between the sheets and started spooning Microsoft. Microsoft then became Nokia’s daddy, and the rest is history. Except some Nokia employees were not satisfied with that arrangement. MeeGo, Nokia’s own operating system had a special place in their hearts. The fact that Stephen Elop ceased all development on ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    Earlier this week we saw platform upstart Jolla find itself back in the news, about a year after we first had the opportunity to go hands-on with the company's Sailfish OS-running smartphone. Jolla decided to turn to crowdfunding to support the production of its new tablet, and the response it's seen in just these few brief days has been phenomenal – as we mentioned earlier today on the Pocketnow Weekly, the effort has already passed the million-dollar mark. Capitalizing on all the publicity and support it's getting in light of this tablet news, Jolla has elected to direct some of that ...

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    Right at the tail end of last week, Jolla popped back on our mobile radar as the company posted a teaser to its website, notifying us that “something big” was on its way this week. But what? We speculated a little about what that “big” could be in reference to, and one compelling theory was that Jolla might be working on a physically larger device than the sort of Sailfish OS-running phone it launched back in 2013. Sure enough, today the company confirms out suspicions, announcing a crowdfunding effort to build the first Jolla Tablet. It's an unusual approach to creating new mobile ...

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    Back in early January, we asked if 2014 would finally be the year when upstart mobile platforms spread their wings and soared, becoming legitimate competition for the big boys. While varying degrees of progress has been made on platforms like Ubuntu and Firefox OS, we've yet to see a real breakout star. Back in late 2013, Jolla found itself among those names with its Sailfish OS, but so far this year's been a relatively quiet one for the company: we got some of those Other Half backplates for its phone, and saw the Jolla launcher come to Android, but that's been about it. However, big news ...

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    Nokia's not the only player in town with Android launcher news today, and while its new Z Launcher may be grabbing all the headlines, we've also just picked up on word of another new launcher, nearly ready to head out. And like Nokia, with its Symbian roots and move to Windows Phone, we're looking at a release from another company more traditionally associated with a platform other than Android: Jolla. While work on Sailfish OS continues, Jolla's releasing what it calls its Jolla Launcher in an effort to give Android users a preview of how Sailfish looks and feels. Alpha testing of the ...

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    Last year, Jolla made it clear that it was interested in the idea of bringing its Sailfish OS to devices beyond just native hardware, talking about how it would be “fairly easy” to prepare the platform for installation on Android handsets. Last month, we saw an unofficial effort to get Sailfish running on a Nexus 4 (below), and this week Jolla execs are talking about the idea of Android hardware again, teasing the possibility of bringing Sailfish OS to Samsung phones. Jolla Chief Engineer Harri Hakulinen posted to Twitter yesterday that it would be “maybe not wise to exchange your ...

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    All the way back in May of last year, Jolla announced plans for the first Sailfish OS smartphone. Months later, in November, details of the phone's launch finally arrived, and in December we had the opportunity to go hands-on with the device. But while the phone itself had landed, we still hadn't had the chance to check out these “The Other Half” interchangeable backplates that had been touted as one of the phone's biggest features – smart covers that wouldn't just change the handset's external appearance, but trigger software changes as well. There was even talk of The Other Half ...

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    2013 was an interesting year – in theory. What I mean by that is 2013 saw a lot of activity in the theoretical mobile market. Theoretical because not many of the newcomers who stood up to be recognized actually had any kind of hardware that people could, you know, hold and use. But now that 2014 has rolled around, many of these emerging mobile platforms have actually started coming up with some promising looking stuff and we thought, with the dawn of the new year, we’d give them a look and see what we might expect. Many of the new kids on the block can be categorized into one of two ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    We think it's pretty cool that the last device to hit our review desk in 2013 was the flagship for a new smartphone platform, one we'd been eagerly anticipating for the better part of a year. Jolla's Sailfish OS isn't just a confluence of MeeGo, Maemo, Moblin, and a bunch of other made-up words; it's a sign that innovation in new platforms isn't dead yet. If you're bored of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and you're not too sure about BlackBerry, Jolla is here to soothe your contrarian soul ... and all you need do in return is tolerate a little Beta tag. We weren't able to render a full ...

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    As we warned you in last week's first impressions video, spitting out a full Jolla phone review in the span of five days -in an unsupported region, no less- would have resulted in a pretty shoddy end product, and it also wouldn't have painted an accurate picture of the device. We generally don't review smartphones whose operating systems still carry the Beta tag, and we only review out-of-region devices if they fully support our local cellular bands. But though the Jolla that landed on our doorstep last week doesn't conform to these restrictions, we needed to take it for a spin anyway. The ...

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    Just what use would an iris scanner be on a smartphone? When will 2K displays take over the smartphone world (and why should we care)? How exactly does one spell "Magotes," anyway? If these questions have ever crossed your worried minds -and even if they haven't- the second-to-last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly's 2013 season is right up your twisted alley, friend. But even if you're not interested in such tomfoolery, there's still plenty here to ping your pong. In this episode we talk headline-grabbing rumors like the Galaxy S 5 and wooden Moto X, yes - but we also spend a lot of time ...

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    There's a certain sequence of events that takes place when a new smartphone lands at your doorstep. Typically (at Pocketnow anyway), you unbox that sucker, throw it in the labs for some number-crunching, take a boatload of photos and video, put it head-to-head with its immediate competition, maybe showcase it on the Weekly or the U-Review, and then at the end of all that, you post a final review. Then you send it back to its builder and wait for the next one to drop. It's all very exciting. But when the device in question is an entirely new beast, a one-of-a-kind testbed for a new ...

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    Click this link to join the hangout! . Topic We've been supporters of new platforms and startups for quite some time, and it is also the case of our friends at Jolla. We've seen them and their new little platform several times throughout 2013, and now we have our own Jolla phone in our review labs so we can dissect it. Would you grab one? The world's first 2K smartphone has been announced by Vivo with the Xplay 3S. 2560 x 1440 resolution is what some of you rock on your 27-inch iMacs or PC monitors, but the Vivo-phone brings that to a six-inch display. Evolution? Gimmick? Useful feature? ...

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