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Sailfish OS Gains Two-Way Android Compatibility 130

Posted by Soulskill
from the made-with-actual-sailfish dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Jolla announced (PDF) that its Sailfish OS is now fully compatible with Android, letting the Linux-based mobile OS run Android apps, as well as operate on hardware configured for Android. This makes the MeeGo-based Sailfish OS the first alternative mobile Linux OS to achieve the feat. Jolla also announced that a second batch of pre-orders for its Sailfish-based Jolla phones will open later this week, after having sold out its first batch in August."
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Sailfish OS Gains Two-Way Android Compatibility

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  • Re:Shame (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cbope (130292) on Wednesday September 18, 2013 @05:38AM (#44881845)

    In the US, almost NOBODY buys mobile phones off-contract. Yes, most of us know that is the worst way to buy a mobile phone, but the simple fact is most Americans don't want to pay up-front for the phone. The average US consumer will not do the math and figure out how much more they are paying on-contract, not to mention that US mobile call and data rates are among the highest in the world. I've been trying to convince my parents in the US, who are in their 70's and retired, to get phones off-contract, but they just don't get it. All they see is the bigger up-front cost. It's a cultural thing, Americans tend to want their stuff now and with no starting cost, even if it costs them more over time. I see this both in the consumer and business worlds.

    Carrier lock-in via contracts and locked devices is still a big issue in the US, unlike many other parts of the world.

    Disclaimer: I'm an ex-pat American living abroad for 12 years.

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