tech2 News StaffFeb 28, 2017 17:13:05 IST
Jolla, maker of smartphones and open source software, has announced that it will add Sailfish OS support to select Sony Mobile devices as well. The Sailfish OS, which is an open source operating system, will now be available for select Sony Xperia devices, starting with the Xperia X.
Jolla announcing support for Sony's Open Devices Program, means that the company's OS will now be available on more hardware giving more users a chance to experience something different with Sailfish OS.
Jolla even has an Xperia X running its Sailfish OS at its stand at the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC).
Sailfish OS customers around the world will soon be able to utilise Sony’s advanced mobile hardware in their projects, and Sony’s Open Devices program will offer Sailfish community members a chance to get their hands on an exciting new range of Sailfish-powered devices.
Sami Pienimäki, CEO of Jolla comments: “Sony Mobile is trusted worldwide for its premium brand and quality, and we believe that Xperia devices are a perfect fit for many Sailfish OS customers and community members around the world. We are thrilled to start this exploration together with Sony Mobile to provide our licensing customers with a solid hardware solution, and to offer our community a follow-up device for the Jolla C launched last year.”
Karl-Johan Dahlström, Director, Sony Developer Program adds, "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 goal is to offer the first release to Jolla’s customers and community members by the end of Q2/2017.
It will indeed be interesting to see Sony adopt a second OS, which could make for a unique offering, something that is lacking in world smartphones today. For now Jolla's Sailfish OS does support Android apps.
Complete coverage of the Mobile World Congress 2017 can be found here.
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