Jolla has gained more importance ever since Microsoft’s take over of Nokia, and the news today does not disappoint. Sailfish OS has reached another milestone by integrating HERE’s mapping and positioning technology alongside thousands of Android apps, using Yandex.Store, an app store for Android.
Here maps is Nokia’s solution to both mapping and navigational software, and we found it to be very useful when we have reviewed their devices.
“We are excited that HERE is providing its leading positioning services for Sailfish OS and that our maps application will be powered by HERE cloud services. This will help us deliver the optimal mobile maps experience to our customers,” says Jolla CEO, Tomi Pienimäki.
Of course, that is not all. With thousands of Android apps running on Sailfish, they are definitely opening doors for themselves. The apps can easily be downloaded from Yandex.Store, and they are fully compatible thanks to Android runtime provided by Myriad AG.
Yandex.Store features over 85000 apps in 17 categories, including the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Viber, Angry Birds, etc.
“Jolla’s strategy is always to work with the most respectable service partners in specific markets and create long-term strategic partnerships. We analysed a number of alternative Android app stores to use for our first markets in Europe, and quickly found out that Yandex’s offer is very competitive and that they are very interested in developing their app store together with us for the needs of Sailfish customers”, says Jolla CEO, Tomi Pienimäki.
Application developers can download the Sailfish SDK for free and start to submit applications to Jolla Harbour at harbour.jolla.com. Jolla Harbour is an open, free-of-charge application publishing portal that provides developers with quality assurance and publishing solutions in ensuring optimal application quality and user experience in Sailfish OS. Jolla Harbour has a unique capability to support both native Sailfish and Android apps, providing consumers with a fully integrated Store experience in Jolla smartphones and Sailfish OS.