Ahoy Sailors! Get on board already!
Big news today!
Like if you were even %1 percent worried that you might not be able to have your favorite applications on Jolla phone out of the box, don’t you worry no more since Jolla has officially released a press today saying: “Sailfish OS achieves compatibility with Android ecosystem”
“HELSINKI – September 16, 2013. Sailfish OS has achieved a major milestone whereby the OS is now compatible with the AndroidTM ecosystem, in terms of application and hardware compatibility.”
Yes, we already knew it, but seeing is believing and the better news is that alongside with the press release, they have released two photos of the device with several Android applications installed on it including WhatsApp, Instagram, Spotify and Angry Birds.
Jolla say in their press release:
“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 cooperate 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. “
There’s also another news popped in the press release saying that Sailfish can be easily ported to any Android hardware. They have done Android hardware adaptation so any developer can run Sailfish with minor changes on their Android device:
” 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. “
And also another big news is opening the second batch of pre-orders by this week, embrace yourselves!
” 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. “
So anyone was worried that they could not get their pre orders? I know a lot of people personally! Get ready for it this week.
Hope you liked the post. Make sure to share it with your friends and let them know about the amazing Sailfish and also the pre order campaign which is there very soon.
Note: You can download the press PDF in the source link. (Via)
Sepehr Noori (James)