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Jolla Tablet: Hardware adaptation video update

Ahoy,

As we get closer to next week’s Mobile World Congress 2015, we are also working harder than ever to get the Jolla Tablet running Sailfish OS in the best shape! MWC is possibly one of the hardest challenges for us, as we will be demoing the hardware in its relatively early state. There is still a lot of work to be done, so please bear with us while we fine-tune and make fixes and improvements to the Jolla Tablet before shipping the first devices to our beloved Indiegogo contributors.

On power management, we have optimized it to ensure that the Jolla Tablets will last a full day when our crew carries them through meetings and demos from early morning till late evening. Our connectivity team is taking care that we have the required content on the device to showcase it. USB is at the level to enable charging the tablet and fast pace development we need it for; WLAN connectivity works perfectly for testing and demoing the new browser UI our browser team has been working on. Work has also been done on Bluetooth, and we are currently preparing the Jolla Tablet for Bluetooth certifications. We plan to provide the following profiles with the first version of the tablet software: OPP, FTP, HID, DID, A2DP, AVRCP, AVCTP, AVDTP, GAVDP, RFCOMM, and SPP (list subject to change).

Audio is at a well-oiled stage, such that a user can listen to audio from built-in speakers, with headphones connected via the 3.5mm jack, or with Bluetooth devices. We have been working with the sensors as well, to make sure the UI rotates and the display backlight takes the ambient light into account, so you can use the tablet in different places and situations, as you would expect with a mobile device.

We know that many of you are eagerly waiting for more information, thus we are sharing here a peek at our hardware adaptation status. Please note that the video below was shot at home without any intention for it to be published. However when I showed the video internally, the whole company got really excited about it, and we decided to share a sneak preview of it with all of you.

As the device is an early prototype, and the contents in the image used are intended for demonstrating the hardware capabilities and not the upcoming user interface, please keep in mind that what you may see on the tablet screen or even the device itself are not necessarily final.

Another thing to note is that the development is moving with such swift pace at the moment, so keeping up with the latest stuff is very difficult, and the video is obsolete almost as soon as it is recorded! It is mind-blowing how much can happen in a day with a crew that is so passionate about working on things they believe in. Without further ado, here is the said video clip presenting the current hardware adaptation status and features:

To conclude, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who made this new journey possible, and I guarantee that you’ll be amazed with the magical combination of the Jolla Tablet hardware and the next generation Sailfish OS user experience. In addition, I would like to thank all the community members that have tested the HADK documentation. You have helped speed up the process even more, keep up the good work and do let us know where we can improve. The adaptation status of the Jolla Tablet is looking good: we are enhancing the performance of the display, touch and graphics to give our audience the experience they are waiting for. See you at MWC and prepare to be WOW-ed!

On behalf of the Jolla Hardware Adaptation crew,

Sage

Marko Saukko

Marko Saukko

Chief Engineer at Jolla since Feb 2012. Maintainer of the Nemo Mobile project, also involved with the Mer Project, with years of experience on hardware adaptation work. Photography and video game enthusiast.

16 Comments

  1. Looking fantastic! Can’t wait to see what you all have planned for MWC.

  2. Almost everything looking stunning. I think we need to improve at the notification area. The wifi AP searching is a little bit sluggish. In Jolla phone, Its ok. But for the Tab, its RIDICULOUS. all other UI aspects are A OK.

    I can’t identify any changes to the OS in the tab than the os in the smartphone. what is actually the version 2.* means ?

    • As mentioned in the blog post, the OS image used is intended only for demonstrating the *hardware capabilities* and NOT the upcoming user interface :)

  3. Fine ! And what about Miracast ?

  4. It’s looking really good :) How much of the OS work on tablet will be applied to the phone?

    • Curious about that too.

      • The OS update will go to both the Jolla tablet and Jolla smartphone

  5. About the “beloved indiegogo contributors”…
    Maybe an update to the campaign is in order, to show the progress of the project? Even this kind of information would be useful to share with the contributors I think, just to show things are moving forward.

    The campaign has been neglected for the good part of a month now…

    • You read our mind! We’re working on an update which includes this and more :) Thanks for your contribution and patience!

      • Thanks, Carol! Mind you, I understand you are busy with actually moving the project forward, and that is as it should be! But the indiegogo campaign needs some attention too.

        By the way, you may be able to raise a *lot* more with kittens. And explosions, I guess! :)

        • Kittens and explosions, we’ll keep that in mind :P

        • “Exploding kittens”… Now, how do you make those? You feed them with beans, onions & Brussels sprouts, right?

      • Well, if you keep on reopening Indiegogo campaign every other month, we’ll certainly end up with a 3G/LTE capable tablet. After all, that third stretch goal is only $300k away now…

  6. Looks great. The size of the 3×3 covers on the Home screen really demonstrate the beauty of the OS and multi tasking. Hope the soundtrack will form part of the media files included on the tablet.
    Please keep the videos coming. We understand the caveats about the final product.

  7. Looks great. Very promising. Yet, delivery date for first backers is only 3 months away now… How are you all keeping it together with that insane amount of pressure? (Not really helping here, am I, right?) Godspeed!!!

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