Jolla mentioned that version 3 of its platform was a result of six years of Sailfish development and that it had integrated VPNs and fingerprints.
Jolla unveiled Sailfish 3 OS, the third version of its mobile platform, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, recently held in Barcelona, Spain. The company claimed that this is “the world’s only alternative mobile operating system.”
The Sailfish 3 OS would exclusively serve 4G feature phones, rather than smartphones. This move comes in the wake of the growing popularity of features phones from Nokia and the Reliance JioPhone. The Finnish maker of the Android alternative platform said the new operating system is scheduled to be rolled out from the third quarter of this year.
During the event, Jolla also announced Sailfish OS support for new devices, including Sony Xperia XA2 and Gemini PDA.
The latest OS has extended security features that make it a “solid option” for the corporate sector. The company further stated that the new operating system would get full support for “regional infrastructures, including steady releases and OS upgrades, services to establish independent R&D centres, local hosting, training, and a flexible feature set.”
Jolla’s Sailfish 3 OS has VoLTE support that would allow future 4G feature phone users to enjoy a high-speed connectivity experience. The company claimed that this has become “increasingly important for the new era” of feature phones.
“What sets Sailfish OS apart from its competitors in the feature phone segment is the capability to do low-spec hardware configurations and still run selected Android apps,” CEO Sami Pienimäki said in a statement. Feature phones would still not be capable of running multitasking apps, but could at least connect to social media sites and also send messages via WhatsApp and Facebook.