Want to try Sailfish OS without buying a new phone? You can get it on your Android device, but act fast

Want to try Sailfish OS without buying a new phone?  You can get it on your Android device, but act fast
Jolla’s Sailfish operating system has not had much time in the spotlight lately. It is not because there is nothing newsworthy about it, but in the hyper-competitive landscape of smartphones, the established players are not slowing down for anyone.

Sailfish made its official debut last year, and the reception was generally warm. The media took it for what Sailfish was, a new operating system. The market focus for hardware and the OS in general has been centered on the European markets since then.

Sailfish OS is distinct in that, similar to webOS, it is navigated completely by gestures, there are no navigation buttons.  For some that will mean a learning curve from a device like an iPhone, Windows Phone, or event an Android device, as the "home" button is a bit of a refuge (when in doubt, just push the button). 

If you have been wanting to take a look at how the Sailfish experience might work for you, but are not in Europe or did not want to spend €349 ($475) on a new mid-range-spec device like the Jolla Smartphone, there is good news. Jolla announced that it is going to make available a Community Alpha test of a Sailfish launcher for Android devices, provided they are running Android 4.3 or later.

The process to get an installation link for your device is simple, but available only for a limited time:

  1. Send an email to jolla-launcher@jolla.com from your Google account by June 27, 2014
  2. Include your name and which device you are using
  3. Await a Google Play installation link with instructions

Jolla states that your email will be used solely for purposes of registering users for the Community Alpha and keep you up to speed with progress during testing. Once the Alpha test period is over, your email will be purged.

To participate, the following is required:

  • You must have a Nexus 4 or Nexus 5, or a device running Android 4.3 or higher
  • You must have a Google account (presumably with unfettered access to Google Play)
  • You must be willing to provide feedback and report issues during the test period to together.jolla.com

After this phase of testing, there will be another test period that will be available to more people. The Jolla Launcher is designed to provide an experience of Sailfish OS, and it will work like a skin on the Android device. Jolla is calling it “risk free,” and it certainly looks like a great way to generate interest. Are you going to give it a try?

sources: The Jolla Blog via Daily Mobile

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18 Comments

1. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Ohh yeah

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Does this actually change the operating system or is it like a custom launcher? Is it easy to revert back to stock Android after testing it? It sounds interesting...

3. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Jolla announced that it is going to make available a Community Alpha test of a Sailfish launcher for Android devices,"

15. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lolssss

4. LikeMyself

Posts: 622; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

So am I eligible if I register my crappy device running android 4.4.4 cm11?

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Packaging Sailfish as a launcher is a great idea, but collecting user info without a promise of being able to test the launcher is not so great of an idea. Seems like Jolla is trying to be the OnePlus of launchers.

13. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

They don't want to be a launcher. They want people to know how their OS is. They seem pretty confident about their OS, may be coz it looks like meego. But i bet they are not trying to do anything in launcher feild, so they won't improve. If you want one plus one in launchers, go for custom rom and you get your one plus one

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll pass. Not worth providing my info for an OS I won't be considering at all.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You'll pass because you have an iPhone.

16. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

well said Art, well said

8. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

if i use custom rom android 4.3 , does it counted?

9. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

omg just realized it's a Launcher, not OS, forget it then.... not interested

14. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

Just wait a week or so...apk links will come flying

17. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

thats what she said....

18. rodex

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

did anyone get the google play instructions? I emailed them and received no response.

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