Jolla has announced that Sailfish is now compatible with the Android ecosystem, and users can install the applications developed for the Google’s operating system while smartphones and tablets manufacturers will be able to produce devices with the same hardware components of Android devices.
Sailfish is an operating system based on Linux and derived from MeeGo. The MeeGo platform was formed by Intel and Nokia jointly, but was later abandoned when Nokia choose Windows Phone for its smartphones.
Since the announcement of the first smartphone, the Finnish company (La Jolla, located in Helsinki), had promised the compatibility of Sailfish with Android applications. Now since this goal has been achieved, it should enable the production of new devices in a short time, as well as have greater spread among consumers. The mobile operating system can run on a wide range of chipsets and hardware configurations, ensuring the flexibility offered by Android.
Thanks to the aftermath, Jolla sees great opportunities for growth, primarily in China. “We believe Sailfish with Android compatibility is a highly relevant mobile operating system option for major mobile companies in Europe and Asia. We are already in discussions with several major Asian vendors regarding this opportunity.” Jolla said.
Now, the key thing is the availability of Android apps. Jolla has begun to collaborate with the managers of the digital shops to offer users the ability to install Android apps on Sailfish devices. The Chinese market is certainly the most desirable since the third-party app stores are prevailing. WeChat, the most popular messaging clients in China, along with the WhatsApp, Instagram and Spotify works on Sailfish.
Jolla also announced that the opening of pre-orders for a second batch of production is reserved only for Finnish users. The Company believes, after the announcement of the Nokia’s acquisition by Microsoft, the strategic position of La Jolla and Sailfish has been strengthened significantly.