Jolla Mobile has issued a press release regarding the Sailfish and Android compatibility today. This means that apps made for Android can now run on the Sailfish operating system without the need for additional modifications to be made. Sailfish has also stated that it is communicating with the various Android app stores to make the downloading of apps on Sailfish OS-based devices easy and seamless. Some apps that will directly run on Sailfish, according to Jolla Mobile, include Instagram, Whatsapp, Spotify, and WeChat.
The Finland-based company expects that the Sailfish and Android compatibility will mean growth for its operating system, as it will allow Sailfish users to take advantage of the multitude of Android apps available. Jolla Mobile, in particular, has its eyes on the European and Asian market. Such markets, Jolla believes, show plenty of potential for Sailfish OS to grow. In fact, the company revealed that it is already in talks with mobile device vendors from such regions.
Jolla Mobile says that due to the recent Microsoft-Nokia announcement, it was able to gain a stronger foothold in the operating system wars.
In response the positive feedback it had received, Jolla Mobile is opening a new batch of devices for pre-order, specifically for Finnish consumers. It would be recalled that the company opened the first Sailfish OS phones for pre-order back in May. During that time, it had been already revealed that the Jolla phones would support Android apps.
Jolla Mobile is one of the newer operating systems that are attempting to challenge the dominance of Android and iOS. The other contenders currently include Tizen, Firefox OS, and Ubuntu Mobile.
In case you’re interested in a device with a different OS that is nonetheless compatible with Android apps, Jolla’s offering features a 4.5-inch display, a dual core CPU, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, an 8 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, support for LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB 2.0, GPS, and a user-removable and replaceable battery. The device reportedly recognizes the unit attached to it and changes the operating system’s visual theme accordingly. Available colors include light blue, white, green, and orange.
Interested in the mobile device operating system competition? Be sure to check out Robin’s article on the Android-iPhone duopoly here.