Yota and Sailfish: A new partnership in the making?

Yota and Sailfish: A new partnership in the making?
There are a number of conflicting reports out this weekend that Yota plans on using Jolla’s Sailfish mobile operating system in new smartphones in the future.

The company has publicly denied early reports that Sailfish beat Samsung’s Tizen OS for the partnership. Yota Devices CEO Vlad Martynov stated the company has no ongoing development of a Sailfish-powered smartphone.

He also further explained that while the future is never certain, for now, Yota is “fully committed” to Android and has been actively updating its current user base to Android 5.0 Lollipop. That is usually the end of it when it comes to stories like this, but there is come context to consider from the initial Agence France-Press report, and it may involve politics more than anything.

For Jolla, such a partnership would be a great boon for the Sailfish mobile operating system, which has seen limited exposure. Despite that, Jolla has grand plans for Sailfish, and that is where the context from the earlier reports comes in to play.

Given the geo-political climate Russia is navigating, particularly on matters involving Ukraine, there are reports that the Russian government is interested in a mobile platform not associated with a US-based company. The result is the apparent existence of a Sailfish build for the Yotaphone 2, a set-up that has been confirmed, albeit without use of the Yotaphone 2’s e-paper screen.

The Yotaphone 2 is available for pre-order in the US via Indiegogo and is expected to ship next month. The hallmark of the Yotaphone is the dual-display arrangement, a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED main display, and an “always-on” EPD (electronic paper display) 4.7-inch panel.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2,500mAh battery, the Yotaphone 2 will provide up to 5-days use when the energy saving app is in use with the EPD display. The Yotophone 2 will ship with the Android operating system.

via: Ink, Bits, & Pixels



1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I didn't like it the first time..

4. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Hope this comes to fruition. Jolla sailfish needs any exposure it can get. Same developers from Nokia's maemo if i'm not mistaken. Gotta love it!

5. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Their software is amazing but their hardware has been more interesting for its potential than its execution. If Jolla partners with the right hardware designer (like Yota) things could get a lot better for them. I loved the N9. It's a real pity Nokia dropped the Harmattan Maemo implementation entirely. With further development it would've been a top tier mobile OS.

8. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I agree. Meego/Maemo ui just flows and intuitive more so than android imo. And this was hardware from 5 years ago lol, imagine it with today's specs. Nokia was stupid for sticking with s60 then later windows.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia didn't "stick with s60" (Symbian) over MeeGo/Maemo. They were actively developing and using both until Elop came aboard and trashed both for Windows. Before Elop came on, the plan was to use MeeGo to REPLACE Symbian gradually. Elop came on, and the rest is history.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am really amused with the Yotaphone 2 idea. I dig it when phone OEM's think of something new. Be truly interesting to see what Sailfish could accomplish with the right partner. I am less optimistic than most, but it is well received enough as an OS that it deserves the chance.

7. giri555

Posts: 111; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Recipe for disaster?

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