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: OS/2 all over again
by shmerl on Tue 17th Sep 2013 19:09 UTC in reply to "OS/2 all over again"
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

And as a developer, why should I spend resources learning whatever SDK you provide, when it suffices to target Android?

Why should one bother with inferior SDK tied to one target system? There is Qt for Android already.

Edited 2013-09-17 19:09 UTC

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RE[2]: OS/2 all over again
by henderson101 on Wed 18th Sep 2013 08:21 in reply to "RE: OS/2 all over again"
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2006-05-30

Qt for Android required a runtime component last time I looked at it. Does this? It doesn't seem like it requires additional functionality to be manually installed.

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RE[3]: OS/2 all over again
by oiaohm on Wed 18th Sep 2013 11:59 in reply to "RE[2]: OS/2 all over again"
oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

Qt for Android required a runtime component last time I looked at it. Does this? It doesn't seem like it requires additional functionality to be manually installed.

Qt for Android is a subset of QT. The Main QT library contains the code to be a full Wayland compositor and many other items that are stripped out of the Qt for Android version. Android applications cannot normally replace the Android platform compositor or even alter how it works.

Jolla does open up some interesting things with the changes.

QT for android applications can be built without the runtime part but then you have a application size limit. 50MB APK size limit is nasty. QT library parts are not exactly small.

Yes the runtime for QT on Android mostly exists to make QT applications smaller so 50MB limit is not such a major problem.

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RE[2]: OS/2 all over again
by moondevil on Wed 18th Sep 2013 12:16 in reply to "RE: OS/2 all over again"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

True, but it requires a lot extra space.

As explained at Google IO 2013, the bigger applications are the ones users always uninstall.

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