Some of you may not have heard much about the Sailfish OS, but the upcoming new mobile operating system has some interesting features about it that at least make it worth learning about. The OS has it’s own draws and features, but the catchy side of Sailfish for most might be the capability for it to run Android apps in an Android runtime environment. The OS was already ported over to a Nexus 4 in the previous weeks(January 22nd to be more precise), and installation was said to take only around 2 to 3 minutes which isn’t very long at all. Last year, Sailfish was seen running on a Nexus 7 tablet, and Jolla is stating that they’re happy to announce the Arrival of Sailfish OS for some various Android devices this year. The keyword here is “some”, as it won’t be available for every single device out there, but more likely a handful of more popular smartphones (and perhaps phablets?) like the Nexus line, which the company has already said will be getting the OS compatibility. The Nexus 4, 5 and 7 are all on the list to get a working version of the OS, and the Nexus 4 was shown getting a port of the OS last week. So if you own one of those devices and are interested in trying it out you’re in luck, as the OS will be ready for you to test pretty soon.
In a tweet from yesterday evening, we even get a tidbit of information about another device that might be ready for the Sailfish OS to “sail” onto the device. One of Jolla’s engineers Harri Hakulinen, posted on his Twitter account that users should keep their Samsung phones instead of trading them in for new Lumia devices from Nokia, and finishing the statement that Samsung device owners might soon be getting Sailfish as well. He doesn’t mention any specific Samsung devices, but we can guess that the most recent Galaxy and Note devices may be included. if you’re a die hard Android fan then Sailfish may not be a suitable replacement for you, and to that end it may not be for most. However, if you like to tinker and tweak with things to customize your device,(maybe an older previous device you don’t use, like say, a Nexus 4… Perfect!) Sailfish might be great for you to test and check out what it has to offer. Once you’ve tested the waters a little and if you end up liking it, you and your Sailfish powered device can sail off into the sunset together, happily ever after. Is Sailfish something you could see yourself porting to an older device?
Maybe not wise to exchange your old Samsung to new Lumia, because you may get Sailfish OS to it soonish. My #1000 tweet 😉
â€” Harri Hakulinen (@HarriHakulinen) February 11, 2014