Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Aug 2013 13:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

The first production batch of Jolla smartphones has been fully booked by consumers and selected sales channels. Jolla launched its first smartphone at the #JollaLoveDay event inMay. At the same time, Jolla kicked off an online pre-order campaign, which reached its first batch limit by mid-July. Online pre-orders were received from 136 countries in all.

I'm one of those who pre-ordered, so it's good news for me. They won't reveal just how many people placed a pre-order, but they do state that a typical batch (as mentioned) is about 50000 units.

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RE: Comment by mutantsushi
by drcouzelis on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 04:20 UTC in reply to "Comment by mutantsushi"
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I think I can answer this... Based on how Maemo works and what I've seen of SailfishOS.

It is "true" normal desktop-style multitasking. You control what runs and when it stops. When you start an application it will run fullscreen. When you go to the home screen you will see a box with a small representation of the application. Developers can design it so the small versions have a simplified GUI so you can control from the home screen.

On Maemo, I usually have one application running, a text editor with my ToDo list. At most I'll have something like, maybe, nine applications (text editor x2, terminal x2, media player, web browser, chat x2, email). I just tap the "X" to close them when I'm done. It's never been a problem. Sometimes, for fun, I'll load a whole buttload of applications to see how many need to run before the N900 starts to choke. I never come close to that number in real world usage.

I don't know the use case for Android or iOS. I like how I can play music / movies, do FTP transfers, load stuff, whatever and not have to worry about whether or not it will continue in the background when I switch applications, because it always does, just as if it was in the foreground. I know this issue has bugged my coworker, who uses Android, a bit.

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RE[2]: Comment by mutantsushi
by masennus on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 05:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by mutantsushi"
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2011-02-11

Seems as ubuntu phone i also heading that way, ie. 'application developers are dumb so the user must be protected from them'. That might very well be the case, but I really have a hard time seeing any drawbacks with the true multitasking of the N9.

Even if only one out of 10 applications loses context when switching to another, that will be enough to make you feel uneasy about multitasking when doing something of the slightest importance. For instance when in the middle of filling out a webform, can you be sure that if switching to eg. the email app to copy some text you forgot, when returning to the webform you are still exactly where you left off? Does this always work on android, iphone and win phone? Does turn by turn voice navigation still work if a passenger starts to write an email or will you miss the exit because of that? Is the ssh session still going while answering an sms? I really don't know how the mainstream phones work but whenever I try to use an android I constantly have the feeling that I don't know what will happen when I try to multitask.

The maemo/meego and seemingly Jolla leaves it up to the app developers to not suck battery when the app is in the background, and gives the user an obvious way to know if an app is running or not and an obvious way to manage them. That is something I very much prefer over the alternatives that not only tries to manage everything so the user doesn't have to care, they also hide the state of applications so the user cannot manage them even if he would benefit from being able to do it.

Of course if meego would have been allowed to take off, then it's completely possible that the appstore would be filled with battery sucking apps written by morons, that we will never know.

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