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Turing Robotic Industries drops Android in favor of Sailfish OS for its Turing Phone

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Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) sent out an update newsletter to those following the development process of the Turing Phone. In it, the company revealed that they’re dropping Android, and the Turing Phone will instead run Jolla’s Sailfish OS.

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TRI says that consumers’ favorite Android apps will still be able to run on the smartphone and can be found through an Android application store. Unfortunately, the vagueness of the information indicated that the Turing Phone won’t have Google’s Play Store, but an “alternative” Android store.

Here’s the full statement from TRI:

“Many of you have asked numerous times through our Facebook fan page as well as emailed us about our OS development. We can now confirm that TRI has chosen to drop Android and use Jolla’s Sailfish OS. Sailfish OS is now running perfectly on the Turing Phone and we have started the final OS software testing phase.”

And here’s what the company said about the Android applications:

“The Turing Phone will still be able to run Android Apps on the Sailfish OS without issue. An Android application store will be available for you to download your favorite apps.”

For those that aren’t familiar with Jolla’s Sailfish OS, it’s basically an improved version of the Linux MeeGo OS, which was developed jointly between Nokia and Intel.

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Unfortunately, TRI is being very vague on what this means for the Turing Phone. However, with the dropping of Android, users won’t get to experience the many goodies that come with the latest version of Android, such as Doze, App Permissions, Google Now On Tap, and much more.

It’s also not clear how well TRI will be able to support the platform. For instance, if the company doesn’t do well financially down the line and has to close its doors, users aren’t going to be very happy as far as support for the Turing Phone goes.

This also likely means that users won’t get Google Services on their smartphone, unless a modding community like XDA comes together and creates an Android-based ROM for the smartphone.

Again, the newsletter sent out was vague, which was no doubt on purpose. But one thing’s for sure: TRI is starting to make many of its customers who have already invested in the Turing Phone very unhappy.

You can read the newsletter below.

Dear Turing Fans,

You will be pleased to know that we have ironed out the final development tasks before we deliver the Turing Phone to your hands. We fully expect the Turing Phone to be delivered in the month of April 2016.

Many of you have asked numerous times through our Facebook fan page as well as emailed us about our OS development. We can now confirm that TRI has chosen to drop Android and use Jolla’s Sailfish OS. Sailfish OS is now running perfectly on the Turing Phone and we have started the final OS software testing phase.

Sailfish OS runs exceptionally fast on the Turing. You will not have to worry about performance issues with Turing’s Snapdragon 801 because Sailfish OS has been optimized to run fast on your Turing Phone. The Turing Phone will still be able to run Android Apps on the Sailfish OS without issue. An Android application store will be available for you to download your favorite apps.

The Sailfish OS is an evolved continuation of the Linux MeeGo OS previously developed by an alliance of Nokia and Intel. MeeGo mobile software platform was created through the merging of Moblin and the Maemo OS originally developed by Nokia.

This essentially means you have one of the world’s fastest mobile device running the fastest mobile OS with the capability of running your favorite apps in a secure environment.

TRI will also be hosting its first Turing Developers Conference (TDC) during Q2 2016.

We can’t wait to get the phones out to your hands. Thank you so much for your continued patience and support for the Turing Project.

Turing Phone Team | Turing Robotic Industries


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • bmlsayshi

    Haha now I’m super glad I didn’t preorder the phone. After the fiasco which was the Jolla tablet, I won’t be touching Sailfish with a 10′ pole.

  • A Cave

    Turing may have made the unpopular decision not to go android, why is everyone up in arms about it, get over it, they made their choice. Sailfish still is way more secure than Android anyway, plus it has a runtime which allows the sandboxed running of apps. Are you trying to tell me people are so fickle, and downright ignorant of security and privacy you prefer exposure over stupid apps ? Are we thinking here ? This is utter rubbish now. Everybody doesn’t have to be using Android, whether or not they’re one million fart apps or not. Choice is good. Security is even better. Bring me a NSA free/proof without total security and privacy then we can start talking about Android. Until then all of the noise i’m reading from twitter to tech mags is nonsense talk.

    • http://www.talkandroid.com Brad Ward

      I get that Sailfish is more secure. But, it doesn’t have the ecosystem to be popular. Yes, it can sort of run Android apps. Then again, we saw just how well that worked with Amazon.

      Unfortunately, there’s also the element that Turing has been marketing it as an Android-based device, which is where many of its pre-orders came from. This sudden switch is disappointing for many.

      • A Cave

        For me personally security beats popularity by a long shot.