Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 21, 2014
Oh my those Finns have been busy! After smashing their campaign goal of $380,000 Jolla, founded by ex-Nokia employees, has since raised in excess of $1m on Indiegogo with another 19 days to go! The previously released Sailfish-powered smartphone received good reviews, although the OS still needs a lot of work.
There have been quite a few complaints that apps (Jolla runs standard Android apps as well as native Sailfish-apps) crash, are slow to launch or in some cases launch randomly! Also many of the gesture controls don't behave in an intuitive way. In other words users have to learn how to use the OS rather than rely on intuition. That could be a barrier to adoption for many. Also the Jolla app store is low on content and it will take time for the Finnish startup to build a community of developers when so many excellent options already exist.
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