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The liquid metal Turing Phone ditches Android for the Sailfish OS; will release in April

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The liquid metal Turing Phone ditches Android for the Sailfish OS; will release in April
The Turing Phone, which boasts a grandiose liquidmorphium frame and promises to be one of the most secure handsets around, has naturally been the subject of some fanfare. The grand roll-out, however, has been hindered by constant delays. Where its maker promised a release no later than Q1 2016 after relaxing the initial December 2015 deadline, the thing has been pushed back yet again to sometime in April. As an interesting subplot to the extended wait, though, creator Turing Robotic Industries has announced its intention to ditch Google's Android in favor of the Linux-based Sailfish OS

Despite a relatively underwhelming repertoire consisting of Qualcomm's aging Snapdragon 801 processor, the Turing Phone includes a number of quirks, and the Sailfish software adds another dose of uniqueness to proceedings. Sailfish, for those unaware, is the brainchild of several former Nokia employees. Development has been stop-start for quite a few years now, and compared with established platforms, it's relatively bare bones. Despite several rounds of crowdfunding and plenty of promise from developer Jolla, it has yet to hit the heights and claim the spot of third mobile OS, as Jolla's CEO once suggested. 

We found it to be a rather restricted piece of software in our brief interactions with it, but then it's only going to improve if companies like Turing Robotic Industries take a chance on it. The Turing Phone, if it wasn't already, is shaping up as an incredibly niche device, and after so many delays and now a lack of Android, it's reasonable to assume that it may never reach the marketplace. 

Heck, even if it does see the light of day, interest may have dwindled given that pre-orders in July promised a handset shipping with Android in late 2015. In a recent email sent to those on its mailing list, TRI suggests that the Sailfish OS runs "exceptionally fast" on its enigmatic handset. All well and good, but like most fringe mobile platforms, it suffers from a distinct lack of apps. Plus, the software isn't anything like a seamless experience à la iOS, Android and Windows Mobile; all of which touts an experience likely to be riddled with bugs and general hassle. 

TRI states in an email to fans that the phone "will still be able to run Android Apps on the Sailfish OS without issue," which is somewhat encouraging. Then, in our own review of the Jolla Smartphone running Sailfish, we found the Android support to be very unreliable. 

Two years and one tablet later, fans will be hoping that the long-awaited Turing Phone can live up to TRI's billing. 

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posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:17

1. joey_sfb (Posts: 5551; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Good luck. Some people may value security and privacy above all else.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:52 11

4. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


wow talk about wanting to fail. i was going to get this as back up but not anymore, love the design

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 00:07 1

9. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I love the design too... beautiful piece... LG should make G5 like this

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:19 13

2. Punchy506 (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


Vaporware, another delayed release date for a 2014 chipset. By the time it reaches market (if it ever does) the 801 will be over 2 years old. That might be okay for a sub $300 phone but for $610? No way.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 23:38 4

7. ibend (Posts: 4251; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


thats why people should avoid any phone kickstarter... lol
this is what they get.. late deliveries, old spec, and some random OS as bonus..
did they will deliver update for those OS? lol

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:49

3. monoke (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Hope it works out for both Turing and Jolla. Sailfish OS looks promising although I'll always have a soft spot for maemo/meego ui. its going to be tough though.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 22:20 7

6. Johnnokia (Posts: 1078; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I doubt this is a legit company.
No official statement came from Jolla, and this company seems a scam just like Saygus

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:50 3

13. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 506; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Definitely a scam like Saygus and OnePlus.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 07:27

17. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2614; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


How is OnePlus a scam?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 11:27

20. Podrick (Posts: 581; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Read his name, "iLovesarcasm"

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 23:49

8. Arthurhkt (Posts: 466; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Wait, for real? I am been waiting for a Sailfish OS powered by decent hardware.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:23

15. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Then I guess you'll have to wait a bit longer as this will most likely never come to fruition + it's not really decent hardware anymore.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 00:17 9

10. Chuck007 (Posts: 1090; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Boy, how sailfish of them.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 00:27 7

11. skips (Posts: 162; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


did you just

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 14:07

22. ecologer (Posts: 28; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


Good one :)

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 00:46

12. jroc74 (Posts: 6004; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The Death of Android.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:47

14. Podrick (Posts: 581; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Joke of the Year.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 10:25

19. jroc74 (Posts: 6004; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


:-) .

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 05:25 3

16. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Usually when anyone says "I'm on the selfish OS" everyone knows that means IOS.
But now you have to explain that no it's actually "Sailfish OS"

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 10:02

18. natypes (Posts: 1086; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Most beautiful phone ever, I love you.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 15:16

21. monoke (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


This phone will go well with my lamborghini! yeah right.

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