Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Sep 2013 16:12 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Users enjoying the unique gesture-based and modern Sailfish OS user experience will be able to take full advantage of the Android application ecosystem available through various app stores globally. Jolla will cooperate with leading global app stores to ensure users can seamlessly download Android apps just as they would do on any Android device.

Android applications, unaltered. Sounds great as a stopgap, but there's always the integration issue (will they make use of, say, Sailfish OS-native notifications and gestures?), and it may hinder the development of native applications. I'm curious to see how well it works.

Jolla 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.

This is great news. This means that Sailfish OS will become available for popular Android phones, which will surely generate needed enthusiasm among people like us who read OSNews. Of course, the Jolla smartphone (mine's on pre-order, and I cannot wait) will be the optimal device for Sailfish, but this at least gives those who are interested the option to try Sailfish out before plonking down cash for an actual Sailfish device.

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RE[2]: Comment by jared_wilkes
by oiaohm on Wed 18th Sep 2013 11:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by jared_wilkes"
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"[q]Jolla 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.


This is PR gobbledygook that shouldn't be repeated by any self-respecting tech blogger. What is a breakthrough about getting Android apps to run on Android?
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...what? I'd accuse you not having RTFA'd, but it appears you didn't even read the summary completely.

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See this shows how little you know. The the first tech writer correct. Of course it would have been less confusion if the name of projection was mentioned.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybris_%28software%29
Jolla funded Hybris into existence that allows Android drivers to be used by normal GNU based systems.

--What is a breakthrough about getting Android apps to run on Android?--
Not at all. Getting Android apps to run next to a standard Glibc system is what Jolla has pulled off. In fact not quite standard Android.

Jolla also introduced wayland support to Android allowing the default Android compositor to be removed and replaced with Jolla compositor..

So its a stack up. Android drivers then Jolla compositor that is a wayland compositor(yes like most of the future replacements to X11 on the Linux desktop) then Android applications outputting graphics as wayland application. Yes Android application acting very much like what will be normal in future Linux applications.

Yes this is quite a major operation. Its not only running on Android drivers it the means to insert your own non android GUI under Android applications.

Sorry there is no way the prior comment should have a Score of 4.

What Jolla has done is special as being the first todo it.

Now the next thing is will Jolla mods get Google Play approval. If it does this opens up a new possible source of applications for the Linux Desktop.

Problem is the tech blog has over-compacted. So its not PR gobbledygook.

Jolla might fail yes but these alterations could have a lot longer ramification.

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