Jolla's SailFish OS may be made available on older Samsung devices soon

An engineer from Jolla tweeted earlier today that the company's SailFish mobile OS will 'soonish' be available on Samsung devices. Previously, Jolla has created successful ports of the OS for the Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 Android devices although neither device has launched running SailFish yet.

Now, however, Jolla appears to be targeting older Samsung handsets as the next carrier for its operating system, tweeting that it is 'unwise' to exchange an old Samsung device for a new Nokia Lumia handset as SailFish will be available on the devices soon.

No further information has been given although SailFish could be an interesting alternative to Samsung's default TouchWiz Android skin as it allows users to run Android apps via a custom Android kernel but emphasises a clean, modern UI to enhance the user's experience of their mobile device.

Jolla was created in 2011 by a group of ex-Nokia engineers after the failure of the Nokia MeeGo platform but the only handset to use the SailFish operating system so far has been Jolla's own device.

Source: SamMobile

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"...although SailFish could be an interesting alternative to Samsung's default TouchWiz Android skin as it allows users to run Android apps via a custom Android kernel but emphasises a clean, modern UI to enhance the user's experience of their mobile device."

That's totally wrong. Sailfish OS uses a normal Linux kernel with Wayland as its render "server". The base tools comes from Mer (a set of GNU tools, such as the bash shell, glibc, etc). The Android part on Sailfish OS is just like it is on BlackBerry 10, where they simply ported Dalvik to their own platform. There's no Android Linux kernel involved - Sailfish OS is not an Android derivate.

"Jolla was created in 2011 by a group of ex-Nokia engineers after the failure of the Nokia MeeGo platform but the only handset to use the SailFish operating system so far has been Jolla's own device."

Failure of the Meego platform? It's difficult to succeed when you're only allowed to release one handset and not advertise for it - nor release it for all markets. Elop even said it wouldn't be supported before it had been released. They killed it because they thought throwing everything at Windows Phone would solve all their problems.

So, why would I want Sailfish? What benefits does it bring me over staying with Android or moving to WP8? If they want people to try it out, they need to come up with -reasons- to do so.

I despise touchwiz just like the next guy but Failfish is a product conceived out of bitterness so I doubt we will be seeing any of this at your local AT&T, Verizon stores anytime soon.

Order_66 said,
I doubt we will be seeing any of this at your local AT&T, Verizon stores anytime soon.

Guess that's just the limitations of the US mobile carriers, but if you were implying that we would be unlikely to see it becoming more mainstream anytime soon, you could have said the same thing about Cyanogenmod not that long ago.........

20legend said,

you could have said the same thing about Cyanogenmod not that long ago.........

Was cyanogenmod a product conceived out of bitterness?