Jolla’s Sailfish OS is now compatible with Android apps and hardware
Jolla has announced that their alternative mobile operating system, Sailfish, is now compatible with Android applications and hardware. Today’s news was sent out via a press release from the Finnish startup and means that Sailfish devices will launch with a huge collection of available applications and vendors can easily begin offering Sailfish smartphones that utilize the same hardware that is used in their existing Android devices.
As far as Android application compatibility goes, we’ve already seen at least one company do something very similar to what Jolla is attempting here. BlackBerry 10 smartphones can run converted Android applications that were downloaded from BlackBerry World, or side-loaded onto the device. The main difference here is Jolla will run any Android application without any modifications. Users will be able to seamlessly download Android apps from the various app stores. Making for an experience that is nearly identical to what you’d get from a full-fledged, Android smartphone.
Jolla’s compatibility with Android hardware is perhaps slightly more interesting. It means that smartphone vendors such as Samsung, LG, THC and Sony could rather easily start selling devices that run the Sailfish OS. If Jolla is able to get a few hardware manufacturers on board, we could potentially see the adoption of Sailfish OS explode. Which would be a great thing in my opinion, consumers desperately need as many options available to them as possible in the smartphone market.
Today’s press release also included information about the second batch of production Sailfish smartphones. Jolla’s first batch of Sailfish smartphones sold out quickly after pre-orders were opened. The demand was strong enough that Jolla has decided to go for a second round of pre-orders, which will start later this week.
The Jolla’s full press release follows below, You can also visit Jolla.com for more information about the Sailfish OS and to sign-up to be notified when devices become available for pre-order.
HELSINKI – September 16, 2013. Sailfish OS has achieved a major milestone whereby the OS is now compatible with the AndroidTMecosystem, in terms of application and hardware compatibility.
Android applications run directly on Sailfish OS without any modifications
Users enjoying the unique gesture-based and modern Sailfish OS user experience will be able to take full advantage of the Android application ecosystem available through various app stores globally. Jolla will co-operate with leading global app stores to ensure users can seamlessly download Android apps just as they would do on any Android device.
“For example, highly popular apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Spotify run directly on Sailfish OS. Also Chinese WeChat – already with over 400 million users – runs on Sailfish OS,” says Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki.
Sailfish OS runs on common Android hardware
Jolla has made a major breakthrough in Android hardware compatibility by developing Sailfish OS to run on common hardware produced for Android, particularly smartphones and tablets. Vendors interested to utilize Sailfish OS are now able to develop phones and tablets based on many different chipset and hardware configurations. This new level of compatibility will enable device vendors who use Sailfish OS to fully utilize the existing Android hardware ecosystem.
Jolla believes that this breakthrough offers growth opportunities of significant scale for Sailfish OS globally, especially in China. “We believe Sailfish with Android compatibility is a highly relevant mobile operating system option for major mobile companies in Europe and in Asia. We are already in discussions with several major Asian vendors regarding this opportunity,” says Tomi Pienimäki.
Next production batch will be opened for pre-orders this week
The last weeks have been very dynamic in the mobile industry and after the Microsoft-Nokia announcement the strategic position of Jolla and Sailfish OS has strengthened significantly.
“Due to extremely positive feedback and increased demand in the past weeks, we are offering another pre-order opportunity for our second production batch later this week through jolla.com. This will be targeted to Finnish customers who want to express their passion for the Finnish mobile industry,” Pienimäki concludes.