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SailfishOS on Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Posted in hardware, Jolla, opensuse by mschlander on 28/08/2019

Not too much noise has been made about it, but fairly recently SailfishOS for Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and XA2 Plus (finally) came out of beta stage after the initial release last autumn. I went and got myself an XA2 Plus and have been using it for a week now and am very pleased with it. Compared to former SailfishOS devices the Android runtime for the XA2 models is at version 8.x (compared to 4.x for previous devices), meaning a lot more Android apps will run on it.

So if you’re looking for a proper GNU/Linux phone and/or an alternative to the Google/Apple duopoly now is your chance to run SailfishOS on very decent and affordable midrange hardware. Below is a video of the XA2 Plus running SailfishOS (not mine).

you can buy the image here (EUR 49,90) and installation instructions are here.

I unlocked and flashed the device on openSUSE Leap 15.0 using the android-tools package from this home repo https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/embar-:/Lietukas/openSUSE_Leap_15.0/

What is SailfishOS?

SailfishOS is a proper GNU/Linux OS for mobile devices based in Finland. It’s the successor of Nokia’s MeeGo so to speak. It has a cool, smooth and efficient swipe based interface. Behind the scenes it’s using Qt, Wayland, RPM, BlueZ, Systemd, Pulseaudio etc. as well as openSUSE technologies libzypp and Open Build Service.

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