Yandex’s alternative Android store helps Jolla’s Sailfish OS get off the ground
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.
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 launchlater 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.
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