Jolla’s Sailfish Mobile OS Now Compatible with Android

Can the Sailfish mobile operating system, based on the MeeGo platform developed by Intel and Nokia, gain some traction? That possibility is being raised, following word on Monday that Sailfish is now compatible with Android apps and hardware.

Jolla, the Finland-based company behind Sailfish, said that users will be able to "take full advantage of the Android application ecosystem available through various app stores globally," so that users can "seamlessly download Android apps just as they would do on any Android device."

Jolla has been touting Sailfish as being Android-compliant, although this is the first formal declaration of Android compatibility. However, those app stores will be third-party ones, not Google's Play marketplace.

Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimaki told news media that such highly popular Android apps as Instagram, WhatsApp and Spotify will run directly on the Sailfish OS. The company also said that it had made "a major breakthrough in Android hardware compatibility" in that Sailfish can run on hardware that has been built for Android devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

Targeting China

A key market for Sailfish, as it is for Apple and every other mobile device maker that is looking for new markets, is China. Jolla said it is currently in discussions with several major Asian vendors about offering Sailfish-based devices for that country.

Jolla, based in Helsinki, has R&D sites in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, and an office in Hong Kong. It was founded by former Nokia employees. Although the MeeGo project at Nokia ended following Nokia's adoption of the Windows Phone OS, Jolla believes that this open-source Sailfish descendant of MeeGo still has a future. One problem it apparently will not have in the future is a need to build a massive app library to compete with Apple and Android, as Microsoft and BlackBerry have to do.

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