The Smartphone Platform You've Never Heard Of

  • Published on Feb 20, 2018
  • After many years, the smartphone platform wars have finally whittled our choices down to iOS or Android. But as much variety as there is to be found in the latter, and as solidly reliable as each platform has become, the fact remains that we're now trapped in a somewhat dull duopoly.
    Sailfish OS is not here to save us. The platform, which first saw wide release in 2013 but traces its roots all the way back to the heyday of Nokia, doesn't have enough momentum to topple the entrenched competition (nor do its custodians seem to yearn for such an upset). But for those who simply can't brook the idea of toting an Apple- or Google-powered smartphone, the mere existence of Sailfish OS as an alternative choice is reason to celebrate. And for the rest of us, who defected to one of the two evil empires long ago but still yearn for some innovative influences on these predictable platforms, Sailfish serves as a refreshing reservoir of new ideas (and friendly fonts). Join me for a quick look at this rarely-seen platform in MrMobile's Sailfish OS hands-on!

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    MrMobile's Sailfish OS Hands-On was produced following several weeks of on-and-off usage with Sailfish X running on a Sony Xperia X on loan from Jolla. The device was not unlocked for the North American market and so it was used exclusively on WiFi.

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Comments • 1 641

  • BBnose
    BBnose 10 days ago

    Still remember the Jolla tablet scam!

  • rick morty
    rick morty 21 day ago

    russian os is not gonna steal anything

  • Nick te Lindert
    Nick te Lindert 25 days ago

    My phone for sailfish X is going to be delivered within an hour:)

  • Fernando C. Escudero

    Just one more second and this could have been an even better video

  • LakituLP
    LakituLP Month ago

    when my S5 breaks down, I´ll get Sailfish

  • Explosion
    Explosion 2 months ago

    How do i install a rom of this?

  • Grey Ghost
    Grey Ghost 2 months ago

    Well with Apple 🍎 now deleting apps in its own store that it finds “offensive” in other words, if you disagree and think social media should be a free and open dialogue vs a Marxist non free speech agenda then these phones will once again thrive. Apple wants to delete the Parler App off of the App Store. Parler App is a Twitter replacement.

  • LEO
    LEO 2 months ago

    That is a fantastic OS.
    Looks very nice and functional.

  • Asami Kato
    Asami Kato 2 months ago

    I’m using BlackBerry 10 on a BlackBerry Classic. Sure, it’s not as good as Android or iOS due to horrible app support (aside from side loading Android APKs or the Google Play Store, which yes, can be done) but it suits me.

  • bwalya kauseni
    bwalya kauseni 2 months ago

    Damn. This really looks great and functional. Would love to run this on my daily drive.

  • riki rex
    riki rex 2 months ago

    Sailfish-selfish-sell fish...(friking English)

  • _maRk Karady
    _maRk Karady 2 months ago

    This IS shit systém

  • allwyn lobo
    allwyn lobo 2 months ago

    Can it be put in a windows phone

  • Shelcod
    Shelcod 2 months ago

    I would love a 3rd OS. Android is OK, but I'd like something without Google or Apples input.

  • TimothyTim PSP
    TimothyTim PSP 2 months ago +1

    Android apps collect, store and share ur data :(

  • FunnyHacks
    FunnyHacks 2 months ago +4

    I use sailfish as my daily driver, and love it! At the moment I'd recommend it for geeks rather than novices because there are some business challenges with the amount of stuff they are trying to do Vs prioritisation, so some stuff is taking a while.
    If they get back on track, I would absolutely recommend this to novices. The interface is beautiful and consistent.
    I disagree about the intuitiveness. Even the first time I used it, after only a few minutes with sailfish, Android and iOS felt clumsy.
    But what ever your preference, I do think it's worth having a play with if you get the chance.

  • Mat Fazilla
    Mat Fazilla 2 months ago

    Thats why they named it sailfish(selfish)... You never heard of it...

  • Michael M
    Michael M 2 months ago

    Had it year snack when custom ROMs were HOT. Now, the dumbest fastest way to do things is key.

  • Parivartak Chhabra
    Parivartak Chhabra 2 months ago

    Wish if this type of custom come in Android

  • bunsoft2
    bunsoft2 2 months ago

    MrMobile or MrMobl??

    RAAVAN_MAHARAJ 2 months ago

    I want this os but my mobile is POCO F1

  • mohamed walid
    mohamed walid 2 months ago +1

    Well your *sailfish*

  • Neon Tyler
    Neon Tyler 2 months ago

    Wow sailfish is so Pleasingly Aesthetic

  • Bobby J
    Bobby J 2 months ago +4

    Reminds me of Windows Phone OS.

  • OhWhat World
    OhWhat World 2 months ago

    Don't like it.

  • James Pak
    James Pak 2 months ago

    wonder if the movie was the inspiration for the name :D

  • ahmed gamal
    ahmed gamal 2 months ago

    we need a competitive operating systems to android and ios like symbian , tizen and blackberry os hate to be stuck on two os

    • Syloui
      Syloui 2 months ago

      I loved windows phone but it died solely at the hands of Microsoft's mismanagement

  • anonymous
    anonymous 2 months ago

    Windows 8

  • jose luis meza
    jose luis meza 2 months ago

    I think is about that time we see a change on software aside from Android or apple.

  • Bourne JC
    Bourne JC 2 months ago

    This OS is beautiful

  • Rhett Vincent
    Rhett Vincent 2 months ago +1

    Anybody know where I could find the wallpaper he used at 1:52? :)

  • NappyWayz
    NappyWayz 2 months ago +2

    I'm sure Apple is going to steal some of this. I like the swipe down to select items.

  • Ran Ng
    Ran Ng 2 months ago

    Can sail fish play pubg max settings

  • neai aoidan
    neai aoidan 2 months ago

    Just a different ubuntu touch

  • Ricardo G.
    Ricardo G. 2 months ago +1

    Im using Blackberry 10 still on my classic because its fluid and does what I need
    also the hub is top notch

  • Wimpy Denton
    Wimpy Denton 2 months ago +1

    I use symbian (latest version),
    Windows mobile 2006 se, and of course android... Also some dos

  • Jay Extarys
    Jay Extarys 2 months ago

    On their website: not available in your country..

  • Shubham Chavan
    Shubham Chavan 2 months ago +1

    The idea is innovative. But the implementation is buggy at best. Sometimes it does not scroll smoothly or even the swipes. Apps stop running too frequently. Maybe it was because my phone is 3 years old now. But i could still run RR android pie smoothly.

  • sunkist
    sunkist 2 months ago

    waw it will fit to Huawei phoooooones

  • Etuate Racolo
    Etuate Racolo 2 months ago

    I've heard about it ...a few years back ... Also ran on a XPERIA

  • Alisdair Blackshaw
    Alisdair Blackshaw 2 months ago +1

    Sailfish os, huh, nice, I’ll have to see if there’s a port to the one plus 3t

  • lenovo makhni
    lenovo makhni 2 months ago

    1:49 wt* mobile looks so big

  • Yashvardhan Pandey
    Yashvardhan Pandey 2 months ago

    Why don't they contact huawei?

  • Jeff Williams
    Jeff Williams 2 months ago

    Was anyone else hoping for a dragon from the side?

  • Peepee Poopoo
    Peepee Poopoo 2 months ago +4

    ive been following them for a few years until i felt like theyre just gonna end up bankrupt. well...

  • Terry Chianson
    Terry Chianson 2 months ago

    I love it

  • Peter
    Peter 2 months ago +1

    Blackberry 10 is still my favorite OS

  • No Go
    No Go 2 months ago

    This is a viable option for huawei

  • C S
    C S 2 months ago

    Maybe it would help, if they use Google services in Sailfish OS to push their popularity.

  • last cigrate
    last cigrate 2 months ago +4

    In android you don't need to reach top for notifications. You can swipe down from anywhere.

  • ツD E R A
    ツD E R A 2 months ago

    Omg i hope android ui like this!!!

  • Wasifatehi Emon
    Wasifatehi Emon 2 months ago

    I use Lumia 640xl (Windows 10 Mobile).

    • Wasifatehi Emon
      Wasifatehi Emon 2 months ago +1

      @Ultram69 i'm aware of that 😥

    • Ultram69
      Ultram69 2 months ago +2

      Only supported until December this year. After that no updates, development OR SUPPORT by MS...

  • Santiago Sanchez
    Santiago Sanchez 2 months ago +1

    I just want Symbian to return T_T

  • Mark Soyka
    Mark Soyka 2 months ago

    Could I use the selfish OS on my GOOGLE PIXLE XL?

  • sean666999100
    sean666999100 2 months ago

    im using sailfish on my k20 pro

  • Sook_Mike_ Hok98
    Sook_Mike_ Hok98 2 months ago

    whose here after hearing this will be huawei new os

  • Zuxlshl
    Zuxlshl 2 months ago

    *[i love sony xperia]*

  • BlackSails
    BlackSails 2 months ago

    Ehh, who needs it? Android is just fine

  • Paolo Rozo
    Paolo Rozo 2 months ago

    Wish you could do an update on this OS but I’m afraid it’s not really...updating

  • Retroke
    Retroke 2 months ago

    God thank you, i'm bored of android.