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Which phones is SFOS running on?

asked 2015-11-21 15:11:32 +0300

stephan gravatar image

updated 2015-11-23 23:25:08 +0300

I'm still happy with my original Jolla phone, but at some point in the future I would like to switch to different hardware. So, on which phones can Sailfish OS be successfully deployed? And more importantly (bacause I would like to avoid the fuss of installing Sailfish OS myself): are there any plans of phones of different brands being sold with Sailfish preinstalled? Thanks!

PS: I just checked on Firefox OS - and they seem to be offering a lot of different hardware. Also Ubuntu phone is available on 3 devices. So - really - why not Sailfish OS??

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No serious HW manufacturer would market a smartphone or tablet running an operating system that has no support from a strong, perennial development team.

objectifnul ( 2015-11-21 18:55:19 +0300 )edit

@objectifnul, being the 100th of the Android bunch can't be fulfilling either ;-)

stephan ( 2015-11-21 19:19:02 +0300 )edit

Correct. That's why SailfishOS is a jewel. Many manufacturers might be looking for an open source (understand: easy to check, not necessarily free) operating system. But they will obviously demand long term support & development, plus a vivid application market. As I said elsewhere, the real juice will come from applications. This requires developers to be attracted by 1) a stable and perennial platform, 2) a profitable ecosystem.

objectifnul ( 2015-11-21 21:27:09 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-11-21 18:06:03 +0300

Linus Kasch gravatar image

updated 2015-11-21 21:19:25 +0300

ScumCoder gravatar image

I were quite happy as I heard that maybe a Sailfish OS comes to the Fairephone 2.The OS is amazing, but I'm sorry, the hardware is a crap. I would know three persons that would buy the Fairephone withe Sailfish OS.

please, please I beg you. I would buy one for my self.

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i am with you, but i see one problem with fp2: it has this lip around the display which might make gestures from outside the screen hard to perform. can anyone from the people working on a port comment in this?

thomas.goertz ( 2015-11-21 18:59:42 +0300 )edit

I see one big problem with fp2: the price. It costs more than double than a comparably specced Chinese branded Android phone, such as Elephone or Meizu. A premium is ok but this is really too much.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2015-11-23 11:57:46 +0300 )edit

@Giacomo Di Giacomo That's why it's called "fair" ;-)

stephan ( 2015-11-23 23:26:42 +0300 )edit

@stephan: Because it costs a fair amount of money?

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2015-11-24 00:17:46 +0300 )edit

IMHO the standard bumper on the N9 made the N9 pretty much unusable (while perfect without the rubber). I guess thats the same for the FP; except its part of the phone, not n additional / optional case.

fl ( 2015-11-24 17:05:21 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-11-21 21:40:52 +0300

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updated 2015-11-24 16:02:23 +0300

The PuzzlePhone is planning to have a "community" version of SFOS. Requests for a real official SFOS Brain were at this point "neither confirmed nor denied", how they expressed in on the campaign site.

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The PuzzlePhone has to reach its crowdfunding goal -which doesn't seem to be going well- before running SFOS or any other OS for the matter.

ApB ( 2015-11-22 00:42:46 +0300 )edit

I would definetly buy one if it has SFOS and I think many others will if crowd funding suceeds though.

sailor ( 2015-11-22 08:21:48 +0300 )edit

@ApB They claimed that the phones will be manufactured and shipped either way, whether they hit the goal or not. I hope they are serious about that.

dac ( 2015-11-22 13:59:36 +0300 )edit

@dac Nice, didn't know that. Anyway. Personally i am not much fan of modularity plus the thing is quite big. So this quite kills it for me. Same for the fairphone 2 (size).

ApB ( 2015-11-22 14:07:04 +0300 )edit

I also dislike the slightly bigger size of the PuzzlePhone and the Fairphone 2. But if they would be the only devices officially supporting SailfishOS in future, maybe I can live with that fact. I worry more about the lack of Android support and Exchange in such community versions of SailfishOS.

szobi ( 2015-11-22 17:24:51 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-11-21 15:17:42 +0300

Giacomo Di Giacomo gravatar image

The Indian manufacturer Intex is expected to start selling a SFOS phone in a few months, but nothing is yet known about availability outside India.

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What about this global reseller deal with intex they announced @Slush2015? I understood that at some point there will be phone available also outside india.

anza ( 2015-11-21 16:04:43 +0300 )edit

Well, better than nothing. But still, only one hardware manufacturer? Seems not much to me ...

stephan ( 2015-11-21 16:18:19 +0300 )edit

Has anything been heard from Intex since the Aqua Fish was first announced?

randomstringofletters ( 2015-11-21 17:00:19 +0300 )edit

@stephan: I will be happy if we will have one manufacturer six months from now.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2015-11-21 17:58:58 +0300 )edit

Intex has a website with sailfish "wait for it" somewhere. Link ahould be herein tjc

tortoisedoc ( 2015-11-21 18:42:44 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-11-24 23:36:53 +0300

Luca gravatar image

I installed SFOS on my previous nexus 5 and it works very well. The only thing I have in my Jolla and not in Nexus 5 is double tap to wakeup... and I need it.

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answered 2015-11-27 22:41:22 +0300

cma gravatar image

Just to give an overview on the "unoffical ports":

Status, links and tutorials on how-to install.

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answered 2015-11-21 22:51:48 +0300

iKeivs gravatar image

updated 2015-11-22 00:38:35 +0300

Officially available devices: Jolla phone and tablet.

planned: Intex device and puzzlephone.

unofficial ports: few devices, which ain't so pupular among usual people

EDIT: Fairphone 2 (first community edition, then official) as well.

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Come on, Nexus 5 and Xperia Pro "ain't so pupular among usual people"?.. What is popular then, iCrap?

ScumCoder ( 2015-11-21 23:26:13 +0300 )edit

@ScumCoder unfortunately no.

Nexus series are popular among same geeks like us.

But the devices, that You mentioned are way too old. probably some geek are using it. and also IT geeks are playing with custom ROM.

iKeivs ( 2015-11-21 23:46:58 +0300 )edit

@iKeivs I think that even the oldest Nexus around is more popular than the Jolla phone. Even between geeks...

deedend ( 2015-11-24 02:47:08 +0300 )edit

@deedend That is sad :( according to one Finnish news article, SFOS are swimming in 0.3% of the mobile OS'es pie. Talking about the porting, AFAIK Sony and HTC are open to the enthuasists - but, it may void all warranties.

iKeivs ( 2015-11-24 17:58:18 +0300 )edit
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