Jolla brings Sailfish OS to Gemini in new partnership with Planet Computers

Planet Computers has announced that the new Gemini PDA will feature the Sailfish operating system, developed by Finnish mobile company, Jolla.

The agreement sees Sailfish OS, an open-source mobile operating system based on the Linux kernel, available on the Gemini – a dual-boot Android/Linux smartphone with a full physical QWERTY keyboard.

Mobile World Conference 2017 saw the first production units of the Gemini on show and some of the first units have been sent to backers.

Gemini is powered by the Android operating system but is also a Linux dual boot device – providing access to programmes such as LibreOffice and GIMP alongside traditional Google Play store apps like Word, Excel and Google Slides.

Connectivity to peripherals such as a mouse or keyboard is provided by Bluetooth and two USB-C ports, meaning users can charge and connect a hub for peripherals at the same time.

Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel, CEO of Planet Computers, said: “The decision to offer Sailfish OS on the Gemini came about following strong demand from our backer community. Nikita Ukhrenkov, one of our backers, worked with us to develop the code that enables Sailfish OS to run smoothly. In the coming months we aim to open source certain source code that will allow the Gemini community to continue to grow the project.”

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Sebastian Ng Lei