[MWC 2017] Following the proliferation of smartphones and seeing the success of Android and iOS, many companies decided that they too would try to create a mobile platform that would take over the industry. Unfortunately no one has really come that close, and one of those attempts was Sailfish OS by Jolla.
However it seems that while Sailfish OS might not be as dominant as its creators would have liked, it looks like the platform could be finding a second lease on life on Sony’s Xperia phones. In an announcement by the company, Sailfish OS will now support Sony’s Open Devices Program.
What this means is that for Sony Xperia X owners, they’ll have an option in the future to use Sailfish OS on their smartphones instead of Android if they choose to. Of course there will be limitations when it comes to using Sailfish OS as you might not be able to get features or apps that you’re dependent on with Android, so in reality this seems to be aimed more at developers and tinkerers who are curious as to what Sailfish OS has to offer.
According to Karl-Johan Dahlström, Director of Sony’s Developer Program, “We support innovation and development on our open-source platform. The overall aim of Sony’s Open Devices program is to build the strongest possible ecosystem of unique software experiences for advanced users and developers – and collaborating with Jolla will only serve to further strengthen that offering.” The first release is expected to take place by the end of Q2 2017.