Jolla announces ‘Sailfish Secure’ mobile platform to compete against BlackBerry

Jolla announces ‘Sailfish Secure’ mobile platform to compete against BlackBerry

At the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona, Finland-based Jolla today announced ‘Sailfish Secure’ as its new mobile platform based on Sailfish OS. The new platform is touted as a secure mobile platform ideal for government officials, corporations and consumers, seemingly a competitor against BlackBerry’s enterprise-friendly operating system.

Jolla has partnered with security solutions provider SSH Communications Security for developing its Sailfish Secure mobile platform. Under this new partnership, the Finnish company will leverage its Sailfish OS along with SSH’s communication encryption and key management platform to bring out an all-new secure mobile platform.

“The Sailfish Secure project is based on the premise that currently there are no European alternatives for secure mobile communication to Android or other US-based operating systems,” Jolla wrote in a press statement.

On announcing the new mobile OS, tti Saarnio, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Jolla, said:

“It is evident that the world needs a secure, transparent and open mobile solution alternative, which is not controlled by any country or major industry player. Together with leading security expert SSH Communications Security we are aiming to create an open European mobile solution running on Sailfish OS. We are also inviting other industry players to join the initiative.”

Sailfish Secure would come with Android app support, similar to the original version of Sailfish OS that already available on Jolla smartphone and tablet, and would have some enhanced security features to encourage enterprises for its adoption and usage on their preferred hardware platform.

Jolla says that the Sailfish Secure will adapt according to “local needs” and will not dependent on particular hardware, unlike BlackBerry OS.

Commenting on the partnership with Jolla, Tatu Ylönen, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of SSH Communications Security, said:

“Currently there is a rapidly growing customer need for secure mobile communication around the world and Jolla is in an ideal position to disrupt the market with the unique and independent Sailfish OS. We are excited to partner with Jolla in this remarkable initiative, aiming to develop a truly secure mobile solution with broad applicability”

Jolla and SSH have not yet revealed any details about the release of Sailfish Secure. However, the project is expected to be started rolling out sometime next year.

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