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Jolla Sailfish OS adds Android apps in a play for increased relevance

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday September 16, 2013.

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Jolla's Sailfish OS, an offshoot of the MeeGo operating system Nokia abandoned for Windows Phone, is now capable of running Android apps on its smartphones. Jolla has intended to offer Android compatibility since it debuted Sailfish in May, so today's announcement is not a surprise. The company smartly recognized that it would be a huge challenge to introduce yet another smartphone OS at a time when Android and iOS have a seemingly insurmountable lead. Microsoft and BlackBerry have tried to unseat the two leading platforms but it has seen very little progress.

Introducing Android compatibility will lessen the number of complaints that can be levied against Sailfish. Jolla has already managed to get Instagram, WhatsApp, Spotify, and WeChat to work, according to today's announcement. Details about performance and reliability have not yet been released, but Jolla claims that that "Android applications run directly on Sailfish OS without any modifications."

Now that it has fulfilled its promise to introduce Android support, Jolla can focus on the hard sell of focusing on its OS finding a home on more devices. The Other Half smartphone developed by Jolla is the only major release of Sailfish, and the company plans to begin accepting pre-orders for another batch of devices in Finland. However, Jolla wants to see its devices on more smartphones made by other companies. It's working towards that goal, according to CEO Tom Pienimäki, who said:

"We believe Sailfish with Android compatibility is a highly relevant mobile operating system option for major mobile companies in Europe and in Asia. We are already in discussions with several major Asian vendors regarding this opportunity."

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