In a sea of smartphone launches, Sailfish OS v3 was announced by Jolla at MWC 2018. Jolla markets Sailfish OS as an alternative OS to Android and it is getting ready to diversify itself in the coming months. Jolla previews some major changes that will be coming to the OS in the third quarter of 2018.
With the new version, “Jolla is providing full support for regional infrastructures including steady releases & OS upgrades, services to establish independent R&D centres, local hosting, training, and a flexible feature set to support specific customer needs” the press release said.
Security continues to be the priority as Sailfish OS v3 will have “extended security features” for corporate users. Jolla was primarily aimed at Jolla devices. But they gradually moved away from being an OS for just Jolla devices to supporting all kinds of mobile hardware. In a Google-Apple dominated era, you have to find areas for growth. So, Sailfish now supports a lot of devices but that list got bigger today.
Currently, a dozen of devices are already supported but with Sailfish OS v3 a number of new devices will be supported. Under the Sailfish X program, the Sony Xperia XA2 will be supported starting summer 2018.
The Gemini PDA which is a crowdfunded PDA with a keyboard will also soon support Sailfish OS v3. The device has been demoed at MWC 2018.
The third device is a tablet from Russian company INOI. The new INOI T8 and INOI T10 tablets are targeted at Russian consumers already come with Sailfish OS. INOI also announced the first Sailfish device for the market at last year’s MWC.
Apart from this, the OS will now also support feature phones, the press release said.
Sami Pienimäki CEO of Jolla said, “What sets Sailfish OS apart from its competitors in the feature phone segment is the capability to do low-spec hardware configurations and still run selected Android apps thanks to our unique solution. Sailfish OS is also VoLTE capable, which is coming increasingly important for the new era of this segment.”