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Jolla's Sailfish OS Can Now Run Android Apps

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Sep 16, 2013, 7:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Jolla today announced that its still-in-development smartphone operating system, called Sailfish, is compatible with the Android ecosystem. Specifically, Sailfish can run most Android applications without the need to modify the apps or use a runtime environment in the OS. Further, Sailfish itself can now run on most Android hardware, including smartphones and tablets. Jolla says this will be a boon to its mobile operating system, as hardware manufacturers will be able to put Sailfish on existing hardware with little additional investment on their part. Last, Jolla announced that it sold through its initial batch of preorders for the first Sailfish OS device, but it will offer a second batch of preorders to people in Finland (where Jolla is based) in the weeks ahead. Sailfish is based on Nokia's discarded MeeGo platform and offers a modern, touch-based user interface. Jolla hopes that Sailfish can eventually compete with Android, Windows Phone, and iOS.

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Sep 16, 2013, 9:17 AM

the more the better...

It will be interesting to see how this works out. I guess my biggest questions is, how much will it stand out from Android or iOS. I purposefully left out WP, only because I imagine Sailfish adopting something closer to the before mentioned OS's. I would hope that they will try and stand out, or they may just get lost in the see of Android devices. Besides that, what will they offer different from Android, if they are going to be able to run Android apps?

Right now, I prefer WP. Mainly because it is different and I curious to see what they do with it years down the road. Yes, I said years.

I do like the idea of more options. Just wish BlackBerry had put out Q10 three years ago, I may have stuck with them.
This is HUGE. They did a lot of work to make it work well and were thinking about ease of adoption and cheaper component prices. It will make it easier for any big or medium sized manufacturer to see if Sailfish OS is a viable option. I hope I can pur...
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