From the Jolla Blog:
Many of you have been rightfully asking, where did our tablet money go? Below is an analysis of it in a simple graph. Big part of the tablet project went to Sailfish OS software development (more than 50% of project costs). As I have said in earlier blogs, hardware is the easy part, software is the king (and the beast).
Overall, as I also explained in a recent TechCrunch interview, the alternative OS is a really big and challenging agenda. But I still believe it is moving ahead, yet very slowly. The primary challenge for us is that our agenda might be somewhat forward leaning, and we need to wait until the world catches up with this vision that other OSs are heavily needed to create an alternative for Android. The interest for our agenda is just now emerging. I firmly believe that companies and consumers will soon realize that the world really needs options in mobile OSs. We’ve already had many interesting discussions with potential new partners about using Sailfish OS in their own projects. I’m looking forward to announcing the results of these talks soon.
I wonder how the story would have been different if Sailfish OS were free software and had a strong community to aid in software development.
If they delivered a documented tablet that would at least boot and come up with some graphics, you would have dozens or hundreds of people working with it, and likely causing a second round or more of tablet production.
A tablet doesn’t require carrier buy in or other phone wireless system things.
I buy easily rootable $15 Android phones on amazon and use them, and I don’t have to code anything I don’t want to, but can if I wan’t
The tablet could have been like the Raspberry Pi and the development feedback would have created the ecosystem for the phone.