Finnish-based smartphone and software developer Jolla has announced that its mobile operating system, Sailfish OS, has been accepted as “the only mobile OS in Russia to be used in governmental and government controlled corporations’ upcoming mobile device projects.”
The certification of Sailfish OS will allow the Russian government and associated agencies to reduce its reliance on foreign-controlled operating systems. Strictly speaking the certification is for a Russian version of the OS under development by Sailfish and Russian company OMP. Work has been going on for eighteen months alongside regular development of Sailfish OS, which acts as the core component of OMP’s Russian version of the OS.
The certification means that Sailfish – at least in this part of the smartphone ecosystem – has a natural advantage over Android and iOS in Russia that will help stabilise the company after a rocky start, and the company is working with other BRIC governments on similar certifications.
Jolla’s history really started with move away from Symbian OS and the in-house Linux-based MeeGo successor towards . As part of that process the company saw substantial layoffs. Many of the former staff from the MeeGo team pooled resources and started Jolla with as much of the open-source components of MeeGo as they could use.
Since then it has been a rough road for Jolla. Following limited success with its first self-titled handset and an aborted crowd funded tablet device, it focused on the operating system software. Now christened Sailfish OS it can be found in some specialist handsets (including the Intex Aqua Fish, the Turing Phone and the Jolla C developer handset).
Today’s news should contribute to a much more stable business environment for the OS to be developed and allow Jolla to grow as a business that has pivoted into a niche enterprise and B2B space.
Sailfish’s Chairman Antti Saarnio has also acknowledged in an interview with TechCrunch that there is no mass-market potential for a Sailfish device. The Jolla, Jolla Tablet, and Jolla C devices will remain as limited-run devices. No doubt fans of the platform who get a hold of the 2017 devices will need to practice thinking in Russian.
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ November 29, 2016 at 05:39PM