Update: It turns out even the more reliable websites sometimes get things wrong!
According to YotaPhone’s CEO Mr. Vlad Martyanov the company has no developing plans with Jolla at the moment but that does not mean it will not change in the future.
We do not have any ongoing development of Jolla version of YotaPhone. I can’t say how things will turn in the future. May be Sailfish will obtain a certain market share as mobile OS.
At this point of time, we are fully committed to Android and recently migrated our customer base to 5.0 and working on the next generation of Android OS.
But, according to “The Digital Reader” this also can be a little bit tricky as I quote:
I think we’re going to have to take the denial with a grain of salt. A reader that there’s context to the story which is being missed because it’s not being widely reported outside of Russia.
For one thing, the Russian govt wants to start using a mobile OS which is not controlled by an American company (for security reasons, obviously). They’ve chosen Sailfish, there’s even a report that a Russian Minister held a Yotaphone running Sailfish. What’s more, a Yota Devices rep has confirmed on a Russian forum that the firmware exists. They also said that it’s not nearly ready to be shipped. (All this background suddenly explains why two different Russian news sites reported this story last week.)
In short, yes, there is a Sailfish firmware and it might one day be released for use by the Russian govt. But it almost certainly will not supplant Android on the consumer models. So the story going around is still 95% wrong.
Let’s see what the future will bring us then!
Original post: You know your news is heating up when Yahoo News writes about your technology happening!
Today the news has it for us as Yota Phone, the recently famous Russian [Android] phone manufacturer with their revolutionary “two-faced” phone has dropped their near-stock Android OS in favor of our beloved Sailfish OS which has raised a fair bit of keyboard warriors to attack the comments section on some websites saying things like “Why dumping the most popular OS in the world for the least popular?” Uh, excuse me as your most popular OS (Which I admit I am an Android user alongside Sailfish) does not care about user’s privacy and wants to send everything directly to that famous and most hated agency in the world! (NSA)
Anyhow, I might not make bold comments like that in public all the time but people must understand the purpose of the happenings around them as well, #JustSaying
YotaPhone has not confirmed if their new OS will reach their older devices such as the YotaPhone 2 which is retailing for €599 in Europe.
I personally cannot wait to see how Sailfish OS will look on a black and white E-paper display!
In the meantime, while Russia is planning to Adopt Sailfish OS and Russian manufacturers are actually being eager about it, My TOHKBD is here and soon a video overview of it will hot our YouTube channel so make sure you’re subscribed!