Sailfish for Android devices release!


Senior Member
Mar 27, 2012
Hello guys,
I just got an awesome e-mail from Jolla. I think they don't mind posting it here for everyone interested to see, it even mentioned this forum. If anyone feels I'm sharing confidential stuff, please PM me :p

Here it is:

Dear early adopter of SailfishOS for Android devices.

We're kicking off today by publishing the first Early Adopter Release of SailfishOS ( for Nexus 4 (mako) to early adopters. Please make sure to read this whole e-mail through.

Later we'll be publishing images for Samsung Galaxy S III LTE (i9305) and we'll be delivering updated images as we go along for each device as hardware support improves. This is just the beginning.

We are also working on the SailfishOS hardware adaptation development kit, which describes how to port SailfishOS to existing CyanogenMod 10.1 devices. Later versions of CM will be supported eventually. We'll publish the HADK in the next few weeks if everything goes well.

This installation image is for early adopters only, meaning we know that some things are not functional or perhaps even broken -- please see release notes below. We think it's worth sharing already now to get all of you properly included in the early stages of the project.

We want to build a community around SailfishOS for Android devices that is based on mutual trust and respect for what we are all doing. Hence -- we ask that whenever you do screenshots, videos, forum or blog posts (and we're happy if you do!) or the like, you emphasise that this is an under-development snapshot and not a final product release.

It is important for Jolla that the correct expectations are set for those who might be users of the final product -- and that they understand what they see is not a released product.

WARNING: Modifying or replacing your device’s software may void your device’s warranty, lead to data loss, hearing loss, hair loss, financial loss, privacy loss, security breaches, or other damage, and therefore must be done entirely at your own risk. No one affiliated with this project is responsible for your actions but yourself. Good luck.

NOTE: You will lose your on-device data, so make a proper backup.

To install this release of SailfishOS on a Nexus 4 device:

* Install adb and fastboot
a. Debian/Ubuntu: apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot
b. Fedora: yum install android-tools
c. Mac OS X: Install Homebrew from, then: brew install android-platform-tools
d. Windows: See for instructions

* Install Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) to your Nexus 4
a. Instructions here:
b. Download links can be found here:

* Download CyanogenMod 10.1.3 for your Nexus 4
a. The file you want to download is
b. Download links can be found here:

* Download the SailfishOS for Android image for "mako"
a. The file you want to download is

* Install CyanogenMod 10.1.3 on your Nexus 4
a. Follow the instructions at:

* After flashing the "" file, flash the SailfishOS .zip file in the same way ("on top of it")
* Reboot bootloader, SailfishOS should boot and be visible

We can recommend reading through -- some parts may not apply to Nexus 4

If you want to go back to normal CyanogenMod:
a. Boot into recovery mode
b. Choose "Wipe data / factory reset"
c. Flash
d. (to go back to SailfishOS, flash the SailfishOS .zip on top of it)

To SSH into your device via USB (Linux)
1. Enable remote connection in Settings->System->Developer mode
2. Set your USB interface on host machine to IP
3. ssh [email protected]
4. Use the password from developer mode to log in
5. Use the 'devel-su' command with the same password in order to gain root
6. To SSH over WLAN, use IP listed in developer mode under "WLAN IP address"

Release notes and Known issues for Early Adopter Release 1 for mako/Nexus 4:
* We have a subtle watermark underneath the UI at all times stating "SailfishOS development software" "This is not production quality". Developer mode is activated at all times.
* Modem and related functionality works, 3G data, SMS but no call audio (comes in next release). There has been no throughout testing of telephony related functionality (roaming, airplane mode, data counters, etc) and any use of this functionality is at your own risk.
* Sensors, Device clock/alarms, Reset device, Bluetooth, USB control + MTP, Bluetooth, WLAN hotspot, Camera (photography, video recording), and video playback is not supported in this release.
* Jolla account / Store is removed from the image due to problems with registering with Jolla infrastructure.
* The image SW is not currently upgradeable, nor is any typically licensed multimedia codecs (MP3, etc), HERE maps, Android application compatibility layer, or word prediction for virtual keyboard preinstalled.
* After returning from suspend, UI may be slow for a moment. It is not possible to double-tap to wake up the device. Power button may fail to wake device at times, check if you are covering the proximity sensor. Powering off device puts it into a state of deep slumber; possible to get out of by holding power button and volume down key with a bit of persistence.
* Fingerterm applications may fail to launch during first attempts.
* FPS drop while scrolling in homescreen due to non-batching when rendering of application icon grid
* Icons/graphics appear unproportionally small in browser toolbar, time select widget, and Settings favourite icons
* Multiboot / multirom is not supported currently

We will all meet in #sailfishos on and please use us (thp, alterego, Stskeeps, lbt, sledges) to work together, report any bugs, graphical glitches or missing functionality that you find, which are not included in the release notes above. You can also find the hardware adaptation source code at .

You are also welcome to participate in threads at about Nexus 4 and SailfishOS as well as for more general SailfishOS topics at

Best regards,
Carsten Munk (Stskeeps) on behalf of the SailfishOS for Android devices team
Chief Research Engineer @ Jolla
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Dec 12, 2010
And where there?
If I enable mobile data in the settings I just geht an error popin on the top. "problems with data connection" vor something similar.


Dec 12, 2010
I finally had some time to look into the problem.
Sailfish had the wrong APN

After two hours playing with Sailfish, I can say that the Sailfish feels nice and it seems quite stable.
No comparison to the very buggy Ubuntu.

Once camera and bluetooth works, and we get a chance to at least buy AlienDalvik on their app store, this could become my main OS.
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Senior Member
Mar 27, 2012
are there mako drivers or config files in the sailfish zip ?
can this sailfish zip be installed on nexus 7 grouper?
or does it has to be build specific for grouper?
I think you can try it safely, it shouldn't brick anything as it's loaded from the kernel. but I think it will not work. They mention some help in porting soon and I'm waiting for that.


Senior Member
Jan 17, 2009
Can't we just flash CM 10.1 instead of flashing the 4.2.2 factory images?
Just flashed cm10.1.3 and SailfishOS from another custom rom 4.4.2...Everythink should work, works. No problem with SMS, GSM data and OS is very smoothly... Perhaps WLAN?

EDIT: After some tests, radio from factory image 4.2.2 is necessary for WLAN and sound
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Recognized Developer
May 6, 2012
Are there any update about other nexus device like galaxy nexus? That phone isn't too old for an official support (I think), and there are lots of people like me who want to try that OS on that device

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Senior Member
Apr 16, 2012
No N5 love makes me a sad bunny...

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Same, I would try and force the nexus 4 version to work on the n5, as that is basically how the HADK is going to work, but haven't got time for it yet, I also intend to make an app that copies over SMS and WhatsApp messages between sailfish and android roms, but 1. Don't know if its possible, and 2. No time, due to exam revision.