SailFishOS: The Next Great iOS And Android Rival Powered By Linux
Nowadays, everyone under the age of forty owns a smartphone. The majority of people use either Android or iOS smart devices. Other companies have tried busting into this market, such as Microsoft and Blackberry but have failed miserably. Try and think of one friend who uses Windows Mobile, or a Blackberry OS powered device. You can’t.
It’s Time For Change.
The team at Jolla have been trying to break into the Mobile OS market with their beautifully crafted operating system “SailfishOS” since 2013. Sadly, they have released a couple of projects which have been received badly by the community.
The focus of this operating system is to make a beautiful looking, open sourced operating system perfect for mobile devices. The reason the Linux community is so strong is that it’s an open source, easily modifiable (With some knowledge), and secure technology. Bringing this to the mobile market could potentially change the game. But will it be able to garner the same kind of community Linux has? Only time will tell.
Since SailfishOS is open source and modifiable, it is possible for people to program iOS exclusive phone accessories to work with their device. This means you could potentially use one of the OAXIS e-ink cases, or a GameVice controller with a bit of development and modifications.
UPDATE: I was emailed by Jolla, or a company claiming to be Jolla, saying that I have posted false information on the OS. Apparently, SailfishOS is not completely open sourced but has open source components. The program manager at Jolla stated
We have a plan of open sourcing more of the components, and Silica would be part of that. So far we haven’t been able to open more components as our investors have been very cautious due to financial situation. — If our customer work proceeds nicely, as it looks now, then we should be able to proceed with opening up. SOURCE (community meeting)
If you are interested in finding out more about the SailFishOS licensing, and open sourced nature check out ReviewJolla.
Where Can I Find A SailFishOS Powered Device?
For those of you looking to test out SailfishOS that may be a little bit tricky. The only device I could find was the Intex Aqua Fish coming from India for $25 + shipping from a two and a half star rated seller. There is a list of planned, rumored and released devices at the Jolla website for those interested.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on the new SailfishOS you can attempt loading the operating system onto your current Android device. You can find tutorials by doing a simple google search.
For those of you looking forward to SailfishOS but have patients the Youyota Sailfish OS 2-in-1 Tablet is available for pre-order on IndieGoGo starting at $199. The estimated shipping date for this tablet is September 2017.
Let us know what you think in the comments below? Do you think Jolla is going to succeed in entering the Mobile OS market or is it going to be a flop?