Ah, Sailfish! I’d almost forgotten all about you, what with Android and iOS and Windows Phone and Tizen and Firefox OS and BlackBerry 10…
Straight from the horse’s mouth, we’re hearing that Jolla’s Sailfish, which rose from the ashes of MeeGo, is nearing “commercial readiness”, while a launcher for Android is coming real soon.
Jolla’s first Sailfish smartphone, the, er, Jolla, has been round since last November, with limited release in Finland and online availability for EU countries (plus Switzerland and Norway).
Since then, a trio of Sailfish updates has introduced features like landscape mode, camera zoom and improved battery life. The fourth update, set to land in March, will bring us to Sailfish 1.0, and – crucially – commercial readiness.
As such, Jolla will be in a position to move into new markets, including Russia, India and Hong Kong, while “new channels” will appear in European markets.
Sailfish is currently available for a small number of Android devices, but we’re told a “UI launcher application” for the wider community will arrive in the “near future”. That’ll be followed by “the full Sailfish OS” at a “later” time.
Two schools of thought: making Sailfish available to Android users might tempt them to jump ship and invest in Jolla hardware.
Or perhaps Sailfish availability for Android means there’s no need to jump ship. There’s no way Jolla can compete with the outrageous range of Android hardware.
Anyway! More Jolla news from Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week. Maybe.