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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Comment by drcouzelis
by drcouzelis on Mon 16th Sep 2013 17:08 UTC
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BlackBerry 10 has the ability to run Android applications, but I don't have any experience with it. Does it work? Does it work well?

I wonder how the experience of using Android applications on SaifishOS will compare.

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RE: Comment by drcouzelis
by reduz on Mon 16th Sep 2013 17:17 in reply to "Comment by drcouzelis"
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It's a mixed bag. Some work, some don't.
The ones that work don't quite feel as well integrated with the OS, but it's better than not having them.

The problem is not so much the compatibility though, but the fact that if you want to download and install a paid app, you really have no choice but pirating it.

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RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by No it isnt on Mon 16th Sep 2013 17:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
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You can't even buy from Amazon?

Well, of course you can't, unless you're from the U.S., but one would imagine Amazon would be happy to sell apps to Blackberry users.

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