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[Turing to dust] Turing Robotics files for bankruptcy in Finland, CEO keeps promising fairy dust

If all the previous "news" coming out of the company wasn't deturing enough for you, here's another chapter in the Turing Robotic Industries saga: it has now filed for bankruptcy in Finland. The company, which started by promising an ultra-secure smartphone in 2015 with Android 5.1 but turned around and decided on Sailfish OS instead, only to keep on delaying production again and again then promise one outrageous upgrade after the other, has, surprisingly, run out of funds. Gasp.

The news came on February 3 from Finnish newspaper Salon Seudun Sanomat, which was following Turing and its CEO Steve (Syl) Chao's progress in Salo, Finland, a city that was promised a resurrection of sorts after Nokia's demise and where Turing had rented an empty warehouse for tens of thousands of euros.

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[Clinically insane] Turing announces phone with dual Snapdragon 830s, triple batteries, hydrogen fuel cell, other insane specs

After many, many delays with the Turing Phone, it seems like Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) is back, but with far, far more outlandish claims. In a mailing list newsletter, CEO Steve Chao announced a new phone as part of The Outer Blueprint, a program by TRI to integrate artificial intelligence into smartphones.

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Turing Phone will supposedly finally ship on July 12th... in the form of an "evaluation" model

Turing, a company that I'm not even 100% certain really exists in any kind of larger sense, has been the subject of a number of posts on Android Police. That coverage began to crescendo last year, before sharply falling off with the announcement that the phone wouldn't meet its year-end 2015 ship date, but would be delayed until the end of Q1 2016. The end of Q1 2016 came and went. And now the end of Q2 2016 is upon us. So what happened?

Well, about a month ago, Turing again claimed the phone would ship - this time at the end of June.

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You Probably Don't Remember The Turing Phone, But It Still Hasn't Shipped, Is Now Many Months Late

We last reported on the Turing Phone four months ago when the company announced it had dropped Android for Sailfish OS on its ultra-secure smartphone. At the time, TRI (Turing Robotics Industries) claimed the phone would ship in April. Well, April and May have come and gone, but what hasn't come yet is an actual phone shipped to customers.

Turing hasn't posted on its only active social media presence, Facebook, in twenty days now (correction: a recent comment reply now says the phone will come by "the end of June," which I will believe when someone actually gets a phone), after promising new photos and videos of the phones there "in the next two weeks" on May 11th.

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Turing Phone Drops Android For Sailfish OS, Delays Launch To April, Reneging On "No Later Than Q1 2016" Promise

It's that time again: broken promises from a hardware startup of questionable competence! The Turing phone was announced in 2015, but its launch was delayed back in December to "no later than the end of Q1" this year according to Turing CEO Steve "SYL" Chao. Turing is now, of course, reneging on that promise, stating that the phone will instead ship in April this year. It's only a month's difference, but when you go around committing to statements like that, it's probably wise to know you'll be able to make good on them.

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