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: Comment by jared_wilkes
by drcouzelis on Mon 16th Sep 2013 18:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by jared_wilkes"
drcouzelis
Member since:
2010-01-11

"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.
What is a breakthrough about getting Android apps to run on Android? "
The announcement says that the SailfishOS developers had a breakthrough in getting SailfishOS to run on hardware that was designed to run Android.

I don't understand your question... What does this have to do with Android applications running on Android?

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

What do you think is a breakthrough about targeting Jolla for hardware already known to run Android?

There isn't any. They probably had their own hardware motivations previously... decided they needed Android compatibility, the easier way to get there is to already use hardware that is used for Android. So that's what they are doing. So where's the BREAKTHROUGH?

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linux-lover Member since:
2011-04-25

What are you ot understanding? Sailfish is able to run on hardware orignally built for android. They wrote their own library from scratch (libhybris) to be able to use drivers compiled for android and bionic libc on a glibc system. That is the breakthrough.

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