FINNISH MOBILE PHONE FIRM Jolla is working with partners to bring a toughened version of its Sailfish OS to a range of hardware.
Jolla has traditionally provided its own hardware and software, and Sailfish is getting a fresh suit of armour with team support and a better user experience.
The firm said that Sailfish Secure will appeal to governments and other official bodies that want a certifiably secure mobile operating system.
Jolla has partnered with SSH Communications Security on the project for encryption, and expects to offer the service shortly.
According to Jolla, the secure OS will not be tied to any specific mobile hardware.
"If for example a big corporation or a government official wants this solution, it can be tailored and adapted to the desired hardware," the firm told The INQUIRER.
Jolla said that while it doesn't have any hardware partners for Sailfish Secure OS currently to announce, this is in its future plans.
"Sailfish OS is an operating system that is developed continuously and we aim to provide monthly software updates to it," the firm added.
"Due to this, the security solutions developed in the Sailfish Secure project will also be included in the general Sailfish OS software, benefiting all users."
The company suggested that current providers do not offer any kind of sufficiently secure service in Europe.
"The Sailfish Secure project is based on the premise that there are no European alternatives for secure mobile communication to Android or other US-based operating systems," it said rather sniffily.
"This gives Jolla and Sailfish OS a unique position to enter the market and create an alternative solution to Android."
Jolla has not been particularly kind about the competition, but said in a statement that perhaps the industry can best serve the community by acting together.
"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," said Antti Saarnio, co-founder and chairman of Jolla.
"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." µ
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