Jolla provided an update on its troubled tablet activities, noting that its “tight financial situation remains a major constant and therefore the main driver of the solution”.
The company is set to ship an additional 540 units (on top of an initial 121 dispatched last year), but no more new devices are in the pipeline. It said that “due to delays in the latest financing round it has simply become too late to produce all the tablets for the project…the supplier no longer has the needed components and many of them are no longer available”.
For other buyers, Jolla “aims to refund the total contribution” – but “due to financial constraints” this will take place in two stages, with half of the refund in the near future, and “the other half within a year, our financial situation permitting”.
Jolla’s tablet plans looked to be off to a strong start after two Indiegogo campaigns, but the device was beset by delays. In addition to hardware issues the device was reliant on the development of the Sailfish 2.0 platform.
Chinese online retailer Taobao also has Jolla tablets for sale, which the Finnish company said are “from the same batch” as the devices it intends to ship to customers, although it said that these may be running Android or an unsupported version of Sailfish.
Jolla said that “the manufacturer had already sold the few hundred devices to retailers before we could get them back” – a move presumably made at the point when Jolla’s future was in jeopardy.
The outlook for Jolla looked particularly bleak late last year, after the funding round was delayed. But it subsequently claimed its future was looking “more stable”, after closing the delayed investment.
The company’s efforts are now focused away from hardware, as it looks to position its Sailfish platform as an alternative to Android supported by multiple vendors.