Jolla on Friday released the latest version of its Sailfish operating system and announced plans to roll it out to Android devices.
Until now, Jolla has officially relied on dedicated hardware for Sailfish, but tech-savvy fans of the platform have also ported it to several Android handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Sony Xperia phones.
Acknowledging this, Jolla said it will release a downloadable Sailfish user interface for Android smartphones followed by a full version of Sailfish for Android at a later date.
"We see this as a huge opportunity for Sailfish OS as there are close to a billion Android users globally," said Jolla chairman Antii Saarnio, in a statement.
"This approach allows Sailfish OS to scale into volume fast without limitations," he said.
His comments were made the same day that Jolla unveiled the latest edition of Sailfish, version 1.0, and announced that the OS is ready for global distribution.
"We've been working hard together with our user community to make the user experience of the Jolla smartphone and Sailfish OS effortless and distinct. We believe that Jolla now offers a truly viable option for all smartphone users," said Marc Dillon, co-founder and COO of Jolla.
So far the first Sailfish phone has only been available from Finnish operator DNA or directly from Jolla's online store for €399. Even then, it only ships to EU countries plus Switzerland and Norway.
However, Jolla said it is targeting more countries and is negotiating with partners in Russia, India, and Hong Kong with a view to opening online sales "in the near future".