Sony Mobile to bring Sailfish OS to Xperia devices in collaboration with Jolla

At the Mobile World Congress 2017, Jolla Ltd., the developer of open operating system, Sailfish OS, announced support for Sony’s Open Devices Program. Jolla will release an official version of its Sailfish OS for a range of Sony’s Xperia branded devices. The first Sony device to begin with is a Sailfish OS powered Xperia X. Jolla aims for a community release on Xperia devices by the end of the June 2017.

According to the official press release, “Sailfish OS customers around the world will soon be able to utilise Sony’s advanced mobile hardware in their projects, and Sony’s Open Devices program will offer Sailfish community members a chance to get their hands on an exciting new range of Sailfish-powered devices.”

Sailfish OS offers a true independent alternative to the existing dominant mobile operating systems. Sailfish OS is based on open source and developed by the Finnish mobile company Jolla Ltd. and the Sailfish OS community. Partners and users of Sailfish OS can build customized mobile experiences with the content what matters to them the most, without restrictions or breaches of privacy.

Sami Pienimäki, CEO of Jolla, said:
Sony Mobile is trusted worldwide for its premium brand and quality, and we believe that Xperia devices are a perfect fit for many Sailfish OS customers and community members around the world. We are thrilled to start this exploration together with Sony Mobile to provide our licensing customers with a solid hardware solution, and to offer our community a follow-up device for the Jolla C launched last year.
Karl-Johan Dahlström, Director, Sony Developer Program, said:
We support innovation and development on our open-source platform. The overall aim of Sony’s Open Devices program is to build the strongest possible ecosystem of unique software experiences for advanced users and developers – and collaborating with Jolla will only serve to further strengthen that offering.
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