Turing thought it was a good idea to drop Android for SailFish OS after yet another delay


Well, this is simply nonsense. Turing has announced yet another delay for the shipment of the “super-secure” Turing Phone. The phone suffered a delay in 2015, and the new expectation was Q1 2016, but now they’re saying we won’t see it until April. It’s almost like the Jolla Tablet all over again (which was eventually cancelled, by the way).

Oh, and speaking of Jolla, Turing has also announced that they’re completely dropping Android to use Jolla’s SailFish OS instead. Yes, the phone that many have already paid good money for is not only another 2 months out, but also shipping with a completely different kit of software than was originally announced. And that software is by a company who is having problems paying the bills. There’s no room for failure here at all!


Turing graciously attempts to soften the blow by mentioning that SailFish OS on the Turing Phone is super fast and will still be able to run Android apps thanks to a compatibility layer, but there are a couple of big problems with that:

  1. The apps will likely need to be customized to support the compatibility framework, and they’ll be distributed through Turing’s own marketplace. That means no Google Play Store or Google Play Services, folks, and the selection might not be great at all.

Sorry to have gotten a bit loud there, but I’m sick and tired of these startup companies toying around with money, failing to meet the lofty expectations they set, and outright lying about the products they promise to deliver. Why would anyone ever want to support these fickle startups after these past few incidents?

Good ideas should be more than just good ideas. If you aren’t confident that you can fulfill your promise and complete your goals with the budget you asked for, then you shouldn’t be asking for it.

Here’s my open plea to Turing, Jolla, Saygus and any other hardware startup: get your shit together. Do your research. Stop playing with people’s money. Deliver the products they paid for, and stop twisting expectations at the last minute expecting everyone to be OK with it. It’s not OK.

Those who are negatively affected by this news should certainly look to get their money refunded (we’ve known Turing to be quite reliable in that regard, at least). Everyone else? Well, let’s just hope the April 2016 date doesn’t come and go with yet another delay. The full notice to pre-orderers is straight ahead.

Dear Turing Fans,

You will be pleased to know that we have ironed out the final development tasks before we deliver the Turing Phone to your hands. We fully expect the Turing Phone to be delivered in the month of April 2016.

Many of you have asked numerous times through our Facebook fan page as well as emailed us about our OS development. We can now confirm that TRI has chosen to drop Android and use Jolla’s Sailfish OS. Sailfish OS is now running perfectly on the Turing Phone and we have started the final OS software testing phase.

Sailfish OS runs exceptionally fast on the Turing. You will not have to worry about performance issues with Turing’s Snapdragon 801 because Sailfish OS has been optimized to run fast on your Turing Phone. The Turing Phone will still be able to run Android Apps on the Sailfish OS without issue. An Android application store will be available for you to download your favorite apps.

The Sailfish OS is an evolved continuation of the Linux MeeGo OS previously developed by an alliance of Nokia and Intel. MeeGo mobile software platform was created through the merging of Moblin and the Maemo OS originally developed by Nokia.

This essentially means you have one of the world’s fastest mobile device running the fastest mobile OS with the capability of running your favorite apps in a secure environment.

TRI will also be hosting its first Turing Developers Conference (TDC) during Q2 2016.

We can’t wait to get the phones out to your hands. Thank you so much for your continued patience and support for the Turing Project.

Turing Phone Team | Turing Robotic Industries

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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