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Jolla Sailfish OS 3 launches on barely any new phones

Jolla Sailfish OS 3 launches on barely any new phones

Nokia’s Stephen Elop, formerly a Microsoft exec, called it. The smartphone market has practically become a two-horse race between Android and iOS. Ironically, he and the old Nokia are partly to blame. Gone are the days when alternative mobile platforms like Maemo and Meego were trying to carve out their place in the market. Out of those defunct but not really failed attempts came Jolla and its Sailfish OS. Now at version 3, the mobile platform proves that it still keeps on going. The only problem is that it barely has any phones to run on.

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Gemini PDA gives Jolla’s Sailfish OS a second chance

Gemini PDA gives Jolla’s Sailfish OS a second chance

What do Planet Computers’ Gemini PDA and Jolla’s Sailfish OS have in common? They’re both remnants of a past once thought very, very dead but have now come back to life. It is almost fitting, then, that the two have joined forces to bring a new kind of hardware and software experience never seen before: a smartphone-centric Sailfish OS running on a PDA phone.

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Jolla Sailfish OS 3 coming to feature phones

Jolla Sailfish OS 3 coming to feature phones

Jolla’s story was somewhat like a fairy tale gone wrong. Rising from the ashes of the old Nokia (before HMD Global resurrected it directly), Jolla tried to carve out a niche market with a new phone and a new operating system that garnered strong initial support. Over time, however, it saw its finances whither and it was left with nothing but a software development and licensing business. Ironically, that seems to still be going strong and the small Finnish company has just announced Sailfish version 3, which brings the platform to more devices, including, surprisingly, feature phones.

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Jolla wants to sell your phone Sailfish OS

Jolla wants to sell your phone Sailfish OS

Jolla announced today that they'll be selling Sailfish OS to select smartphone users starting this year. The first device they've chosen to work with is quite likely the least popular top-name brand headliner smartphone of the year, the Sony Xperia X. To attain the new operating system, users need only to pay around 50-Euro - roughly $60 USD.

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Xperia X Sailfish OS port is almost here and it’s not free

Xperia X Sailfish OS port is almost here and it’s not free

Jolla is not one to give up it seems, no matter how the odds are stacked against it. Now carrying nothing more than a dream long forgotten and a legacy long abandoned, the Finnish startup formed from Nokia’s failures are now seeking to place its Sailfish OS into people’s hands in a different way. It may, however, be leaning its ladder on the wrong wall by banking on putting the unfamiliar OS in a relatively hard to get smartphone: the Sony Xperia X.

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Youyota Sailfish OS tablet tries to revive a failed Jolla dream

Youyota Sailfish OS tablet tries to revive a failed Jolla dream

Just because you’re a somewhat popular company that managed to successfully deliver a crowdfunded product doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to do it again. Not even if you rake in more than $2 million in funding. That’s the bitter reality that Jolla faced last year when it had to cancel its successfully funded Sailfish OS tablet. Some, however, still believe in that vision and have taken to Indiegogo to try and resuscitate the Jolla Tablet, now as the Youyota Tablet. And based simply on numbers, it seems there are still many who still believe in that dream too.

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Jolla plans to put Sailfish OS on Sony Xperia phones

Jolla plans to put Sailfish OS on Sony Xperia phones

Jolla isn’t dead, or at least that’s the sentiment it’s trying to air at MWC 2017. The Finnish company, rising from the ashes of the old Nokia, may no longer be making and selling devices, but it’s also doing more than just licensing its Sailfish OS. At the world’s biggest mobile event, Jolla announced that it will be officially supporting Sony’s Xperia smartphones, at least those under its Open Devices Program, potentially expanding the number of Sailfish OS users in one go.

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Jolla Sailfish OS might be coming to a smartwatch near you

Jolla Sailfish OS might be coming to a smartwatch near you

Smartwatches might no longer be the hot items they once were, if they truly were, but some seem to be unwilling to call it quits on the market. In fact, some are still just catching up to smartwatches. Whether it is Fitbit’s rumored plans to buy Pebble or the new generation of smartwatch platforms popping up here and there. The latest ambitious attempt at cornering at least the software market is Sailfish OS, the Linux-based platform from Jolla. Although the startup isn’t yet saying it will be coming out with a Sailfish OS smartwatch, it is proudly boasting that, at least on the software side, it can easily be done.

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Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Things have been a little rough so far this year for Jolla, the Finnish startup behind the open-source Sailfish OS. First its tablet device was confirmed dead after a mere 540 units were shipped, and then it found itself in financial trouble before securing $12 million in funding. But now there's some good news for the future of Sailfish, which is that Russia has certified the OS for official use in both governments and corporations.

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Jolla secures more funding, refunds rolling out

Jolla secures more funding, refunds rolling out

Jolla had a dream, to take succeed where Nokia failed in the smartphone industry after the latter's acquiescence to Microsoft. The software part was relatively easy. It already had the experience in Nokia's previous failed attempts at creating its own platform. Hardware, however, was probably more than it could chew, which it found out the very hard way. Jolla has practically given up on that and is focusing on software development and licensing instead. In that vein, it just secured $12 million in funding, which would eventually help the company continue refunding its disappointed, perhaps even disgruntled, customers.

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Jolla’s Aqua Fish swims into MWC 2016 to prove Sailfish OS isn’t dead

Jolla’s Aqua Fish swims into MWC 2016 to prove Sailfish OS isn’t dead

Jolla's hardware plans may have crashed and burned, but the company's strategy of licensing its Sailfish OS has borne fruit here at Mobile World Congress. The first smartphone to run Sailfish 2.0 has been revealed, the handiwork of Indian phone maker Intex Technologies, dubbed the Aqua Fish.

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Ultra-strong Turing Phone ditches Android for Sailfish OS

Ultra-strong Turing Phone ditches Android for Sailfish OS

Ultra-strong both in software and in materials. That was the promise that Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) made with its Turing Phone, which, a good number of pre-order buyers have indeed believed. That, however, was last year. The smartphone, which boasts of a "stronger than steel" liquid metal body, has already been delayed. And now it might be delayed even more. The company has informed early buyers that it has decided to switch from Android to Jolla's Sailfish OS, a rather dumbfounding move for a device that still needs to prove it can actually reach the market.

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