Video: Sailfish OS successfully ported to a Nexus 4
The team that was spun off Nokia's MeeGo division, now known simply as Jolla, has been working around the clock in its attempt to offer a new take on what a mobile operating system should be like. After years of development, the resulting Sailfish OS is now a reality, and its already got its first and only vessel -- the Jolla phone. Or well, at least that's how it used to be. As it turns out, some unknown tech wizard has managed to port the open-sourced OS to the dev-friendly Nexus 4, and he has, thankfully, decided to let the rest of the world know by posting proof on YouTube.
Outfitted with some lower mid-range hardware, the pricey Jolla phone is nothing special, at least specs-wise. But Sailfish... now that's a different topic. We'll admit that we're quite enamored with the look and flow of the alternative OS, and we're quite anxious to get our hands on the Jolla phone sooner rather than later. What makes Sailfish a bit more unique than the rest is just how reliant it is on gestures. Those are used for some pretty core functionality, like dismissing and minimizing apps, access to the options menu, and so on. Moreover, if the MeeGo community of the past is any indication, then we'd wager that Sailfish will similarly boast an awesome community of developers that are itching to move the platform forward. Further still, since both Android and Sailfish are, at their core, based on Linux, Jolla has promised that Sailfish will be compatible with both Android hardware and apps. We're currently unaware of how well the Jolla phone has been selling, but the company did mention that sales were in the millions.
Thanks for the tip, Brandon!