Jolla has announced that its Sailfish OS has reached version 1.0, and is ready for its worldwide release in March, which Android handset owners will be able to take advantage of should they wish.
Jolla, as you may be aware, is a Finnish smartphone outfit which pushed out its first handset in November 2013. The company’s Sailfish operating system is the phoenix from the ashes of the MeeGo platform, and since last autumn, the OS has received three major updates.
The fourth update is slated for next month, and with that applied – offering improved performance levels, visual interface tweaks and new camera functions among other perks – Sailfish will be ready for commercial distribution.
Sailfish employs a gesture-based UI, and it can run Android apps (as well as Sailfish apps, naturally). Furthermore, the OS can be installed on Android hardware, with Jolla noting that the Sailfish community has got the platform running on the likes of Google’s Nexus, Sony’s Xperia and Samsung’s Galaxy phones. Work is underway on porting over to Chinese Xiaomi handsets, too.
Jolla is also planning to release a Sailfish interface launcher for Android in the near future, an app which will allow Android users to experience the Sailfish UI and decide if it’s something they might want to adopt. A clever little idea to attempt to push the project, certainly.
Antti Saarnio, Chairman of the board of Jolla, noted: “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.”
Jolla smartphones are currently available to all EU countries, priced at 399 Euros (£328) – see the online store for more details.