Posted 09/16/2013 at 5:05 PM
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Jolla, the Finnish start up behind Sailfish, has announced that its operating system will be compatible with Android apps and hardware.
Sailfish is a unique gesture-powered OS derived from MeeGo, Nokia and Intel’s original Linux-based platform, and its makers Jolla have recently introduced some new handsets that look set to make a big impression. While the smartphones are nothing spectacular in terms of specs, the company has made giant strides in the app department by making their operating system compatible with Android.
The premise behind making Android apps seamless with the Sailfish OS is that all app developers and third-party Android app providers offer Jolla users a range of apps. The makers believe that this will make the operating system a viable option for mobile companies.
“We believe Sailfish with Android compatibility is a highly relevant mobile operating system option for major mobile companies in Europe and in Asia,” said Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki in a statement on Monday. “We are already in discussions with several major Asian vendors regarding this opportunity.”
Pienimäki also went on to say that the Android version of WeChat, China’s answer to WhatsApp is running effortlessly on Sailfish. This is relevant because Jolla working hard to build up its profile in the Chinese market and has a distribution deal with D.Phone.
The company made it clear that the Android compatibility would not affect the on-going development of native Sailfish apps; however, the news will definitely make the Finnish operating system more appealing to smartphone buyers and pre-orders are fully booked which is a good sign. Of course, having access to Android apps is no guarantee of success – BlackBerry made a similar move with its BB 10 OS, but failed to achieve any success. Jolla will be hoping their scheme fairs better.