Jolla, the company that developed the Sailfish OS for smartphones has announced that their mobile OS is now compatible with the Android ecosystem in terms of hardware and apps.
The Finnish company is making real progress with their Sailfish OS, announcing that it is now capable of directly running Android apps without any modifications. “For example, highly popular apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Spotify run directly on Sailfish OS. Also Chinese WeChat – already with over 400 million users – runs on Sailfish OS,” says Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki.
The company is also coordinating with leading global app stores to make sure that Sailfish users can seamlessly download Android apps just as they would on any Android device. However, Jolla mentioned that native Sailfish apps is still the best way to go for devs if they want to fully utilize the OS.
In addition, Sailfish can also run on common hardware produced for Android, particularly smartphones and tablets. This means that vendors won’t be restricted to using Jolla smartphones and can use existing Android hardware ecosystem.
“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,” says Tomi Pienimäki.