Back in November, Jolla announced that it had hit hard times after a lead investor had pulled out of its November round of financing. The situation led the Finnish company to temporarily lay off most of its staff and apply for debt restructuring in a fight for its survival. Jolla then emerged from its third death valley in December after securing much needed financing to help improvement the company's stability.
Prior to these financial difficulties, co-founder Marc Dillon departed the company in September 2015 which fuelled speculation amongst the Jolla community as to the reasons behind his exit. Unfortunately, Jolla will not be starting off the new year on the right foot, as Jolla's Head of Communications Juhani Lassila, has some rather disappointing news for backers of the Jolla Tablet project on Indiegogo
We don’t have all pieces of the puzzle figured out just yet, but a few things are now certain: we are happy to say that we will be shipping an additional small batch of the Jolla Tablet to early backers during early 2016, targeting to send invitations during January. The bad news here is that we are not able to complete the production to fulfill all contributions. In other words, all of our backers will not get a Jolla Tablet. However, you can be sure you will not end up empty handed. We might even have some positive surprises in stock for you. But more on that will follow, feel free to speculate!
Unfortunately, details regarding the number of units being shipped in the next batch and when the "positive surprises" will be revealed remain scarce. However, there have been sustained calls for refunds in the comments in the last few posts on the Jolla blog from both project backers and those who have pre-ordered directly.
Originally estimated for release in May 2015, it has been speculated that the campaign has yet to fulfill the first 1000 devices according to comments from backers elsewhere on the Jolla blog. The company has also been heavily criticized on its own forum for poor communication, while opting to use its official blog instead of its Indiegogo campaign page to share campaign updates.
Source: Jolla blog