Jolla’s Sailfish OS: coming soon to Android devices?

Jolla’s Sailfish OS: coming soon to Android devices?With the smartphone scene the way it is i.e. utterly dominated by Samsung and Android, it’s hard to imagine how a relatively small-scale team like Jolla can make any sort of tangible impact.

Well, one solution might be to have its Sailfish OS sideloaded onto existing Android devices, and Jolla’s CEO reckons it’s pretty easy to do so.

Those are the speech bubbles emanating from a recent Talouselämä Magazine interview with Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki.

“It is fairly easy to install the OS on Android devices," Pienimäki begins. ”There is no such culture in these parts of the world [Finland], but there are people that are installing new operating systems on their devices.

“In China it is mainstream. About half of the smartphone buyers are upgrading their older or cheaper devices with a better version of Android. For us it is a possibility to distribute our operating system especially in China.”

Sailfish OS would be distributed freely, with Jolla making its money through applications, services and/or advertising.

Jolla’s first smartphone, the imaginatively titled Jolla, was finally released last week, but in incredibly limited quantities. Most of the 450 units went to pre-order customers.

The Jolla's specs are fairly unimpressive (dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, 4.5in qHD display), but Jolla hopes to stand out with the gesture-based Sailfish OS.

Jolla isn't the only company looking to piggyback Google's Android.  We recently heard that Microsoft approached HTC with a view to releasing dual-booting Windows Phone/Android handsets.

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JoeBlogg22  Dec. 2, 2013 at 17:36

The fact that the android compatibility layer is jolla/oem only will make people install sailfish, think not bad, then uninstall and carry on using android as how many will cough up 400 eur for a 2011 handset?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 2, 2013 at 18:10

The fact that the android compatibility layer is jolla/oem only will make people install sailfish, think not bad, then uninstall and carry on using android as how many will cough up 400 eur for a 2011 handset?

a) there are people who do not like Android but would like more choice than a handful of Apple,Nokia and BB devices. For them flashing a tidy OS to something like the HTC One would offer an alternative.
B) How would a new OS on a brandnew Android phone turn that phone into an old phone?
One of us has just logic-failed - I think it wasn't me, but correct me if you can.

ghatch  Dec. 2, 2013 at 21:48

The fact that the android compatibility layer is jolla/oem only will make people install sailfish, think not bad, then uninstall and carry on using android as how many will cough up 400 eur for a 2011 handset?

a) there are people who do not like Android but would like more choice than a handful of Apple,Nokia and BB devices. For them flashing a tidy OS to something like the HTC One would offer an alternative.
B) How would a new OS on a brandnew Android phone turn that phone into an old phone?
One of us has just logic-failed - I think it wasn't me, but correct me if you can.


3 hours later, I take it they can't!

B1zarr0Prim3  Dec. 5, 2013 at 13:00

Just thinking out loud here...
Wonder if we'll ever see a phone being sold without an OS.
It would certainly make things a bit more interesting.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 5, 2013 at 14:21

Just thinking out loud here...
Wonder if we'll ever see a phone being sold without an OS.
It would certainly make things a bit more interesting.


That really went well in the PC/laptop sector, didn't it?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 5, 2013 at 14:57

bizzaro - in a way the classic HTC HD2 is like such a device. It still retails at almost 90% of its launch price. And though it ships with winmo, most people buy it to flash Android or WP or Ubuntu to it...

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