Earlier this year, former Nokia employees unveiled Jolla, a smartphone effort that would run the Sailfish OS platform. The handset has since been released and we heard it was going for around €399. While Sailfish might be an interesting operating system, and for all we know it could be a great one, it’s hard to deny the facts, which is that Android and iOS are currently dominating and trying to usurp them would be a long and not necessarily successful task, so what’s a better way to get Android users to try out Sailfish OS without them having to buy the actual hardware? Release it as a custom Android ROM, of course!
Speaking to Finnish website Talouselämä, Jolla’s CEO, Tomi Pienimäki, revealed that he plans on making the Sailfish OS available to Android devices. He stated that he sees Jolla as both a device business and an OS business, which we guess is similar to what Google is doing through its Nexus devices and Android operating system. As it stands, Sailfish OS is compatible with Android apps and according to Pienimäki, installing Sailfish onto your Android device is “fairly easy”. There’s no word on when Jolla plans on distributing the Sailfish OS, but the good news is that it appears that it will be free, although they do plan to add features such as services and advertising that would allow them to monetize it. What do you guys think? Would you be interested in flashing the Sailfish OS onto your Android smartphone?