Jolla is comparatively a new OS in the smart phone market, and one of Jolla’s potential rocket-thrusters is the Android compatibility of their Sailfish OS. This MeeGo-OS derived smart phone platform was always going to run Android applications alongside their own apps, and this operating system has recently gained the ability to run on some of the Android hardware as well.
But, given point to that, Google’s official Play Store is out of the question, how are the Sailfish users supposed to get their hands on those Android apps? Now we all know the perfect answer to that one. On last Wednesday, Finland’s Jolla has announced a partnership with the famous Russian web giant Yandex, through which the Yandex Store application marketplace; which is usually found on obscure, for non-Google Android devices will now come, pre-installed on the Jolla smart phones.
According to a statement from the Jolla’s co-founder, Sami Pienimaki, Jolla’s strategy has always been to work with the most applicable service partners in some specific markets and has created some long-term strategic partnerships. They have analyzed a number of alternative Android application stores to use for their first markets in the Europe, and have quickly found out that what the Yandex app store has offered was very competitive and also, that they were very interested in developing their application store together with Jolla for their future needs and for the needs of Jolla Sailfish OS users.
The deal means that the Jolla smart phone will now be able to launch later this year with some of the popular android apps, such as the Facebook app, official Twitter app, Skype connectivity app, the Foursquare app and so on, which is in fact, nice. But these Android apps might offer an uncertain user experience on a platform which is not android; or even an Amazon-styled Android fork. It is noticeable that the Sailfish OS has got its own notification system and also, its own control gestures; which is interesting.