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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Advantages to Android.
by tkeith on Mon 16th Sep 2013 19:43 UTC
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Great, it runs Android apps, but so does Android. What are the advantages to Jolla? Their website is pretty lacking for information.

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RE: Advantages to Android.
by No it isnt on Mon 16th Sep 2013 20:27 in reply to "Advantages to Android."
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Meego has great multitasking, and Qt is the main development platform. Also, it's a more GNU-like Linux, without Android's cumbersome userland.

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RE: Advantages to Android.
by drcouzelis on Mon 16th Sep 2013 20:48 in reply to "Advantages to Android."
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It's hard to explain... Android is "Linux". SailfishOS is "Linux like you expect Linux to be".

On SailfishOS, the multitasking is just multitasking, like on a desktop. Native applications, which can be made in Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, are written in Qt 5, just like you can write Qt 5 applications for any other platform. The applications are distributed as "rpm" files, and SailfishOS may very well come with yum. It uses the normal Linux filesystem hierarchy. It comes with the GNU tools you use and expect in Linux.

All that, plus a new easy-to-use and pretty (in my opinion) user interface on top.

You know how Mac OS X has a nice, simple, easy-to-use user interface on top of all the power of Unix? I suppose it's kind of like that but on a phone.

Edited 2013-09-16 20:49 UTC

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RE[2]: Advantages to Android.
by dsmogor on Tue 17th Sep 2013 05:49 in reply to "RE: Advantages to Android."
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Mobile OS will never successfully multitask like Desktop OS bc, well, it is not desktop.
It doesn't have permanent power source and nobody (yet) managed to do virtual memory right.
So this way or another background processing will have to be tamed. In fact desktop computing (Win8 primarily) goes the same route.

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RE: Advantages to Android.
by dsmogor on Tue 17th Sep 2013 05:46 in reply to "Advantages to Android."
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1. QT5 could potentially (I don't have hard proof) provide more fluid / attractive animated experience on the same (low / middle end) hardware than Android as it doesn't have to round-trip through VM
2. Jolla have developed a decent UX that does not root in Google's code and could possibly be attractive for manufacturers that want to depart from Google dependence, and still not suck. I still would like to hear about integration with major cloud services like maps, mail, sync.
3. Having Android compatibility sets it apart from e.g. Firefox OS, I still have to see how well it works esp. for apps that exploit numerous Android's system extension points.

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