MWC 2017: Jolla Sailfish OS coming soon to Sony smartphones

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Jolla, the Finnish mobile company that mostly consist of ex-Nokia employees is widely known for being the developer of the Sailfish OS — an open mobile operating system. Jolla has been around since 2013 when it launched the Jolla smartphone. Since then, the company has moved on from being a device maker to more of a software vendor — concentrating more on setting up a viable licensing business. Anyway, the reason we are talking about Sailfish OS now is because of the fact that Jolla announced its support for Sony’s Open Devices in a press release the company issued at MWC 2017.

This development essentially means that you would see Jolla’s Sailfish OS running on Sony handsets in the near future. According to the press release, the company is “aiming to release an official version of its Sailfish OS for a range of Sony Mobile’s Xperia devices” soon. The first Sony handset that would run Sailfish OS would be an Xperia X a prototype of which was also showcased at MWC

Commenting on the developemnt, Sami Pienimäki, CEO of Jolla:

“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.”

Both the companies expect to release the first devices running Sailfish OS to its community members by the end of the second quarter of 2017