The dual-screened wonder known as the YotaPhone 2 will not launch in North America

Yota YotaPhone 2
Jessica Lee Star/Digital Trends
Even though Yota Devices managed to raise over $300,000 in its Indiegogo campaign, the company announced it will not release its dual-screened wonder, the YotaPhone 2, in North America, according to an email sent to the campaign’s backers.

In the email, Yota Devices managing director of the Americas and head of global alliances Matthew Kelly revealed that production and delivery delays with the YotaPhone 2’s manufacturer were the reasons behind the handset’s canceled launch. Due to the delay, the manufacturer would have finished production of the YotaPhone 2 sometime in 2016, when Yota Devices will already look to release the phone’s successor. As such, the company decided to cancel the North American launch of the phone altogether.

“I am very hopeful for the future, as much of the decision making for canceling YotaPhone 2 in North America was around the fact that our manufacturers ‘new’ delivery schedule would have put us too close to our plans for YotaPhone 3 in 2016,” Kelly told Digital Trends.

Because of the cancellation, Indiegogo backers are given the choice of either receiving the international version of the YotaPhone 2 or a refund. If backers opt for the international variant of the phone, they will be limited to HSPA+ for GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile. For those not interested in the international YotaPhone 2, Yota Devices will send backers a direct reimbursement instead of refunding their credit cards. Kelly, one of three people who managed the phone’s Indiegogo campaign, will individually reach out to backers in the next week to confirm what choice they will make.

It’s not all bad news, though, as the North American team remains committed to bringing the next iteration of the YotaPhone to North America in 2016. At that time, Kelly hopes that Yota Devices will partner with a manufacturer that can deliver on the scalability front, which seems to be an Achilles’ heel for many small companies hoping to have their products in as many hands as possible.

When we reviewed the phone in June, we not only liked the concept of an e-ink display on the back, but we liked how Yota Devices executed the concept. Hopefully, the YotaPhone 3 won’t encounter the same issues that its predecessor did when it launches in North America next year.

Mobile

5G phones make a lot of promises. Here’s what to really expect

There has been a lot of marketing copy expounding the potential benefits of 5G networks, but a lot less on the practical implications of 5G smartphones. There's a reason for that.
Gaming

Everything we know about 'Red Dead Online', including the new mode Gun Rush

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.
Product Review

LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don’t need to sacrifice battery for light weight

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 aims to be very light for a laptop that converts to a tablet. And it is. But it doesn’t skimp on the battery, and so it lasts a very long time on a charge.
Mobile

Get $100 discount on the Razer Phone 2 for a limited time

The Razer Phone 2 is finally here, and it's got upgraded specs, that super-smooth 120Hz display, and an updated design. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Razer Phone 2.
Gaming

Dataminers discover SNES games, more emulators for Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online may soon launch SNES games and more emulators, according to data miners. The list of hidden SNES titles include Breath of Fire 2 and Star Fox 2, while the other emulators may be the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube.
Wearables

Lack of regulation means wearables aren’t held accountable for health claims

As fitness trackers become more like health monitors, some physicians are concerned they can lead to over-diagnosis of non-existent problems. It’s already happening with wearable baby monitors.
Mobile

Razer’s Wireless Charger will turn your desk into gamer heaven

The Razer Wireless Charger adds colorful flair to your desk or bedside table. It works with any phone that supports Qi wireless charging -- with some quirks -- but is it worth the high price tag? We take a look.
Mobile

Here’s how to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS

Podcasts have become a cultural staple. Here's how to download podcasts and listen to them on your Android or iOS device, and which apps to use if you're looking to get the most out of the format.
Business

Apple banned from distributing some iPhone models in Germany

Apple is following the FTC's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.
Mobile

Windows 10 Mobile is dead: Switch to iOS or Android, Microsoft says

A Microsoft support page detailed the company's plans to end support for Windows 10 Mobile in less than a year. Users with devices powered by the platform are suggested to switch to iOS or Android devices.
Mobile

How to use iOS 12’s Passwords and Accounts tool to autofill passwords

Keeping track of all your passwords and accounts can be a real chore. If you use an iPhone with iOS 12, then you don't have to. Here's how to use iOS 12's own password manager to autofill passwords.
Computing

What is fixed wireless 5G? Here’s everything you need to know

Here's fixed wireless 5G explained! Learn what you need to know about this effective new wireless technology, when it's available, how much it costs, and more. If you're thinking about 5G, this guide can help!
Gaming

Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!