Sailfish OS

Sailfish OS (also styled as SailfishOS or abbreviated to SFOS) is a mobile operating system combining the Linux kernel for a particular hardware platform use, the open-source Mer core middleware, a proprietary UI contributed by Jolla, and other third-party components.

Sailfish is developed by Jolla, the Sailfish and Mer project communities, corporate members of the Sailfish Alliance and various open community members. The operating system software is Open source with added closed-source components and extensions of third parties which may come with their respective licenses as well.

The Sailfish community makes development requests and decides development priorities by voting. The Mer project (a free and open-source software distribution, targeted at hardware vendors) receives contributions from the Jolla and its community, as Mer is the source of middleware for Jolla, ensuring the continuous development and compatibility maintenance of both projects.

The OS is shipped with the Jolla smartphone and tablet (discontinued and from other vendors licensing the OS. More or less unofficially the OS is being ported by community enthusiasts to third-party mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.

Sailfish aside from running its native application can run Android application fully except apps built without compliance to the Android development standard of control.

Introducing: Jolla Smartphone

Sailfish OS offers improved Android application compatibility with support for Intel architecture, including the Intel Atom x3 processor. The improved user experience enhancement has produced even richer user interface and multitasking on both smartphones and tablet.

The initial release of Sailfish OS was on November 16, 2013 being Sailfish OS Version (codename: Kaajanlampi)  in 2013. The latest version, Sailfish 4, was released in 2021. Sailfish OS is primarily targeted at mobile devices, but it can also be used as a general-purpose Linux OS on various devices, including in-vehicle infotainment systems, smart TVs, desktops, and notebooks.

Jolla offers strong privacy and personalization features with its cool UI/UX features like; enhanced notifications and events views as users simply swipe their way to access the main functions.

Sailfish OS on Sony's XPERIA
Pretty soon Sailfish OS may become a de-facto OS for Sony’s XPERIA of devices.

Through  collaboration between Jolla and Sony Open Devices Program, Sailfish OS may become a de-facto OS for the Sony Xperia devices pretty soon. Jala Group, a Bolivian company aiming to make South America technologically independent by investing in Sailfish OS and implementation of it in the region is heavily involved in the development of Sailfish to release Jala’s first Sailfish based device called Accione.

Sailfish OS at 4th generation

Sailfish OS is now at 4th generation and pride itself as an European alternative to dominating mobile operating systems, and the only mobile OS offering an exclusive licensing model for local implementations.

Sailfish OS at its 4th generation continues to impress with its gesture-based navigation, emphasis on privacy, customizability, and seamless multitasking. As Jolla continues to refine and innovate, Sailfish OS remains a compelling choice for those seeking a distinct and user-centric mobile operating system. Whether you’re a privacy-conscious individual or someone who values a personalized experience, Sailfish OS offers a refreshing alternative in the ever-evolving world of mobile technology.

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