Jolla said it before - that its Sailfish OS will be "somehow" Android compatible - but today, the Finnish start-up issued a press release where it says that its Sailfish OS achieves, in terms of application and hardware, compatibility with the Android ecosystem. This means that Android applications will run directly on Sailfish OS - without any further modifications. Even if Jolla still believes that the gesture-based and modern Sailfish OS is different if it comes to the overall user experience, Sailfish OS will be nevertheless able to take full advantage of the Android application ecosystem available through various app stores globally. Jolla even announced that it will cooperate with leading global app stores to ensure users can seamlessly download Android apps just as they would do on any Android device.
In its press release, Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki said that - for example - highly popular apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Spotify will run directly on Sailfish OS.
According to Jolla, it 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.
Maybe Sailfish OS is an interesting option for HTC which is said to develop its own smartphone OS for the Chinese market. However, instead of developing it from the ground, HTC could possibly use the existing Sailfish OS and customize it according to HTC user interface requirements and put it on existing Android hardware which could then be sold in China?
Anyway, whatever other OEMs might plan, Jolla's very first own Sailfish smartphone is expected to be launched later this year; current rumors say the Finns might be able to hit December.
Cheers ~ Arne