Jolla, the Finnish smartphone and Sailfish OS developer, today announced the availability of Sailfish OS 1.0 operating system.
The company started selling Jolla smartphones to mobile operator DNA’s customers in Finland in November last year.
Jolla is also introducing availability of the Sailfish OS experience as downloadable software to devices running Android OS.
After the limited availability sales start of Jolla smartphones with Sailfish OS beta, Jolla has released three significant software updates. The fourth update will be released at the beginning of March, after which the software will be commercially ready for global distribution.
Sailfish OS is a gesture-based mobile operating system. The OS supports both native Sailfish OS applications as well as Android applications. The availability and interoperability of Android apps in Sailfish OS has increased greatly since the sales start.
Jolla said new features of the fourth software update will include improved performance, extended landscape support, lots of visual improvements, new camera functionalities, enhancements to the Jolla store, new general settings, and many more.
Jolla is introducing the Sailfish OS experience as downloadable software to devices running Android OS. Users can soon start to enjoy the modern, gesture based Sailfish OS in selected Android devices and also renew the lifecycle of their existing older Android devices.
The Sailfish community has already ported Sailfish OS into several devices including major versions of popular Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Sony Xperia. Also, porting for highly popular Chinese Xiaomi products is under work in community projects.
In addition, Jolla is releasing its own Sailfish user interface launcher as an Android application, which can be used to simulate the Sailfish OS experience on Android devices. The app will be available for download in the near future
Jolla will release the downloadable Sailfish OS software in phases during the first half of 2014. First, the UI launcher application is released so users can start to experience the Sailfish user interface in their existing devices running Android OS. Later Android smartphone users can get the full Sailfish OS to their devices.