Sailfish OS ports on the way for Android phones? Samsung models in particular mentioned

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Last year, Jolla made it clear that it was interested in the idea of bringing its Sailfish OS to devices beyond just native hardware, talking about how it would be “fairly easy” to prepare the platform for installation on Android handsets. Last month, we saw an unofficial effort to get Sailfish running on a Nexus 4 (below), and this week Jolla execs are talking about the idea of Android hardware again, teasing the possibility of bringing Sailfish OS to Samsung phones.

Jolla Chief Engineer Harri Hakulinen posted to Twitter yesterday that it would be “maybe not wise to exchange your old Samsung to new Lumia, because you may get Sailfish OS to it soonish.”

In follow-up correspondence, when asked if Sailfish might be available for Androids in general, or really just specific Samsung models, Hakulinen suggested that such broad availability is something that would happen “most likely at some point of time.”

Jolla – and Sailfish OS itself – has a lot of proving to do in order to establish its place in the mobile landscape, and a push to embrace Android hardware may prove to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, that makes it easier for curious Android users to experiment with the platform. Then again, that might be shooting itself in the foot when it comes to a desire to see the company’s own smartphone hardware sell.

Source: Harri Hakulinen (Twitter)
Via: Phandroid

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