Jolla plans to eventually bring Sailfish OS to Android devices

by: Andrew GrushDecember 2, 2013


When you think of mobile operating systems, it’s likely that two platforms come to mind: Android and iOS. Although there are other operating systems out there including Windows Phone 8, Firefox OS and Ubuntu — it’s Apple and Google’s operating systems that rule the roost.

So how does a newcomer develop consumer interest in the face of the two giants? For Canonical, the idea has been to promote its platform through the Android community. In short, Ubuntu can be installed on existing Android devices like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. Now it looks like Jolla is getting ready to make a similar move.

The big question is whether or not Sailfish OS is compelling enough to attract the modding/ROMing community.

Unlike Canonical, Jolla already has its own smartphone out on the market, but the company’s CEO Tomi Pienimäki says they are looking to expand their audience by making Sailfish OS available to select Android devices in the future.

According to Pienimäki, the goal would be to test out the hardware and ensure it runs on certain Android devices and then release it for any Android tinkerer that wants to try it out. Pienimäki also believes the modding community could help spread the news of the OS, and hopefully offer open community help in similar way to the Android ROM scene.

Of course this kind of distribution model doesn’t bring in any direct profit for the company and so Jolla recognizes the need to bring added value in the form of app stores, services and advertising.

As for when Jolla’s Sailfish OS might find itself on Android hardware, it’s hard to say. Jolla’s CEO didn’t give out any specific timeframe, nor did he mention which handsets the OS might end up supporting. More than likely they are just now exploring the idea, and so we probably won’t see Sailfish OS running on an Android device until sometime next year. Keep in mind that’s just speculation on our part.

The big question is whether or not Sailfish OS is compelling enough to attract the modding/ROMing community. What do you think of Sailfish, would you be willing to try it if your device eventually supported the OS?

  • Jesus

    God bless Android.

  • MasterMuffin

    It’s really compelling for a first release. It does have some drawbacks (no MMS, default browser can’t rotate, some Android apps like Foursquare don’t work because they need Google services and few bugs) but give it a year and it should be at least at the level of gingerbread, if not ICS!

  • King Dong

    This won’t sell I can’t see any reason why the masses would choose this over a high end Android handset, at least the Firefox os handset is cheap therefore worth buying

    • Robert Teichman

      Because not every user is completely enamored with Android or iOS. Some just like to tinker and explore.

      There IS still room in the arena for more players, maybe not at the top sales tier (yet), but what exists is not perfect and doesn’t suit the needs/style of every user…