Jolla Collaborates with Sony Open Devices to Bring Sailfish OS to Xperia Devices
Jolla’s open source Sailfish OS has been able to grab our attention at XDA over the years. The company’s mobile software platform recently received certification for both government and corporate use in Russia. The company may have had a few stumbles when it came to fulfilling orders for their tablet hardware, but at least they stepped up and offered refunds to the 21,000 backers who weren’t able to receive their product. Since then, Jolla has focused on its software and that has put them in a better position to grow their platform.
Jolla has just announced that they have teamed up with Sony Open Devices to bring Sailfish OS support to Sony Xperia devices. As you may already know, Sony is quite friendly to the developer community and us here at XDA admire the work they do for it. Some would argue that they could do better, but Sony certainly does more than most smartphone OEMs do right now by providing more than they are obliged to, and fostering the growth of the development community through tutorials and programs.
The Open Devices Program enabled Jolla to create a version of Sailfish OS for the Sony Xperia X. Sailfish OS can thus be used by advanced users and developers who are wanting to try (and tweak) Sailfish OS on a solid piece of hardware.
Many Sailfish OS developers were working with Jolla and with the Xperia X, they have a more modern piece of hardware to develop on. On top of these news, we’ve also learned that Jolla has formed a consortium in China for developing Sailfish OS based platforms for smartphones, the automotive industry, TV, IoT, and smartwatches, although, we haven’t been given any additional details about who is involved in this project at this time.