Jolla’s Sailfish OS ready for global distribution, available for Android devices soon
Sailfish OS 1.0 heading into new markets including Android devices
Jolla today announced that its operating system Sailfish OS will hit new markets soon as version 1.0 is almost ready for global release. Jolla launched its first smartphone back in November last year through the Finish carrier DNA. Starting with limited availability and a beta version of Sailfish OS, Jolla has rolled out three software updates since then, while the fourth one is expected in early March. After update No.4, Sailfish OS will become available for Android devices, announced the company.
Alongside its commercial release, Jolla phone will enter new markets as the Finish company has already started negotiations with several partners in Russia, Hong Kong and India. Sources close to the matter has revealed that ‘very soon’ customers from these and more countries will be able to order Jolla online. At present, the Sailfish OS-based smarphone is only available in selected European markets.
In September, Jolla announced that Sailfish OS is compatible with Android in terms of apps and hardware. In March 2014, the operating system will be enabled for selected Android models including devices like Sony Xperia and Google Nexus. Xiaomi devices will also be able to install the OS, as Sailfish developers are currently testing the platform on Xoaimi hardware.
First, Android users will get a UI launcher, in order to get familiar with Sailfish OS user interface. At a later stage during Q2 2014, the full platform will be available for Android devices. Jolla has also developed a number of native Sailfish apps including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and WhatsApp. In addition, users can have an access to favorite Android apps installing their preferred store.
[Source: The Next Web]