Jolla Releases Sailfish OS for Android Smartphones
Published on: 21st Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Jolla the Finnish smartphone and Sailfish OS developer has announced that its mobile operating system Sailfish OS is now available as downloadable software for Android smartphones.
The Sailfish community has already ported Sailfish OS into several devices including major versions of popular Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Sony Xperia. Also, porting for highly popular Chinese Xiaomi products is under work in community projects.
The world's first Jolla phones were sold to mobile operator DNA's customers in Finland in late November last year. After the limited availability sales start of Jolla smartphones with Sailfish OS beta, Jolla has released three significant software updates. The fourth update will be released at the beginning of March, after which the software will be commercially ready for global distribution.
Sailfish OS supports both native Sailfish OS applications as well as Android app. The availability and interoperability of Android apps in Sailfish OS has increased greatly since the sales start.
The company said that it is currently negotiating with partners in several countries, including Russia, India and Hong Kong where Jolla will open online sales in the near future. Negotiations in several European countries are well on the way for Jolla to soon open new channels in main European markets.
"We see this as a huge volume opportunity for Sailfish OS as there are close to a billion Android users globally. Many of them are looking for new user experiences to freshen up their existing devices. Last year in China alone, about 100 million devices were re-flashed after the purchase with a new operating system. This approach allows Sailfish OS to scale into volume fast without limitations. This is a scaling opportunity in a similar way as we have seen in the mobile gaming industry recently," Antti Saarnio, Chairman of the Board of Jolla comments.
Jolla will release the downloadable Sailfish OS software in phases during the first half of 2014. First, the UI launcher application is released so users can start to experience the Sailfish user interface in their existing devices running Android OS. Later Android smartphone users can get the full Sailfish OS to their devices.
The company also confirmed that Angry Birds are porting their games to work on the Sailfish OS.