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Sailfish, the ‘other’ mobile OS, gets update

Jolla has announced Sailfish 3, the third generation of its independent mobile operating system. 

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Sailfish 3 offers a packetised solution for various corporate environments, and a smooth and secure mobile OS for mobile users looking for an alternative. Sailfish X, the downloadable Sailfish OS, supports several new Sony Xperia devices, and can be tried out free of charge.

Sailfish OS, with roots in Nokia and MeeGo, has now matured to its third generation. Sailfish 3 is a secure and efficient, open source based mobile platform designed mainly for corporate solutions. It has a deeper level of security including features, such as Mobile Device Management (MDM), fully integrated VPN solutions, enterprise WiFi, data encryption, and better and faster performance. It also cater to the needs of different governmental and corporate clients.

“Sailfish has come a long way, and now we are proud to start the rollout of Sailfish 3, the next chapter for the independent European mobile OS.” said Sami Pienimäki, Jolla’s CEO. “With Sailfish 3 we are better equipped than ever to help our governmental and corporate customers to custom-build secure and comprehensive mobile solutions.

“Sailfish OS is currently being deployed as a platform for independent regional mobile solutions in Russia, Latin America, and China, and we are constantly looking to expand to new regions. In addition we’re very happy to extend our community program, Sailfish X, to support a range of new Sony Xperia devices.”

Jolla provided the following information:

Sailfish 3 adds a host of new features and improvements to the user experience: the OS has a new fresh look, a new top menu, new keyboard gestures, new camera functions, data encryption improvements, and USB On-the-Go storage, just to name a few.

The third generation also brings a clear improvement to the OS performance: the rewritten way to launch apps and load views improves the UI performance significantly, and the upcoming major Qt upgrade will further improve the responsiveness & performance resulting to 50% better overall performance.

Along with the Sailfish 3 release Jolla has also introduced support for several new Sony Xperia devices and a free trial option within the popular fan & community program, Sailfish X. In the Sailfish X program, all interested mobile enthusiasts can acquire an official commercial license to Sailfish OS and enjoy the OS in their preferred hardware by downloading the Sailfish OS to the device. In addition to previously supported Sony Xperia X, Sailfish X is now available for the whole range of Sony Xperia XA2 models.

Starting today, users can download the free trial version of Sailfish OS and install it to their Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Plus, or Xperia XA2 Ultra. When available later this year, users can easily purchase and install the Android app support and other commercial components to the Sailfish X Free trial version.

Sami Pienimäki says: “The Sony Xperia XA2 device range is a great hardware addition to the Sailfish X program, and we are happy to support all the Xperia XA2 product variants now from day one. Together with the passionate Sailfish community, we also continue the work to add more and more devices to the Sailfish X fan program over the time.”

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