An Official Sailfish OS Image For Nexus 4 Has Been Released + Installation Instructions

Hello Sailfish OS Enthusiasts. As you may know, Jolla is a project developed by former Nokia employees. The first Jolla smartphone is running on Sailfish OS, a modified Megoo Linux system, which is Android compatible, uses Wayland as the default display server , uses Nokia N9′s Maliit touchscreen keyboard and comes with interchangeable covers, allowing the users to easily switch them, in order to change the color/model of the phone and comes with impressive hardware specifications.

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An Officia Sailfish OS Image For Nexus 4 Has Been Released + Installation Instructions

As a reminder, Sailfish OS running on the Google Nexus 4 device has been demoed in two videos (one two) so far. Recently, the Jolla developers have released an official Sailfish OS for Nexus 4, but it does not run flawless for now. Probably, the next Sailfish OS images for Android will be created for the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy S3 devices.

Audio call, bluetooth, alarms, video playback, camera and sensors don’t work now, but it is a good start.

The installation instructions are not difficult for people who have installed custom Android ROMs on their phones so far. You have to install CyanogenMod 10.1.3 and Sailfish OS on top of it.

Carsten Munk, one of the Jolla developers has published the official instructions, in the mailing lists:

To install this release of SailfishOS on a Nexus 4 device:

* Install adb and fastboot
a. Debian/Ubuntu: apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot
b. Fedora: yum install android-tools
c. Mac OS X: Install Homebrew from, then: brew install android-platform-tools
d. Windows: See for instructions

* Install Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) to your Nexus 4
a. Instructions here:…s#instructions
b. Download links can be found here:…ges#occamjdq39

* Download CyanogenMod 10.1.3 for your Nexus 4
a. The file you want to download is
b. Download links can be found here:

* Download the SailfishOS for Android image for “mako”
a. The file you want to download is

* Install CyanogenMod 10.1.3 on your Nexus 4
a. Follow the instructions at:

* After flashing the “” file, flash the SailfishOS .zip file in the same way (“on top of it”)
* Reboot bootloader, SailfishOS should boot and be visible

We can recommend reading through — some parts may not apply to Nexus 4

If you want to go back to normal CyanogenMod:
a. Boot into recovery mode
b. Choose “Wipe data / factory reset”
c. Flash
d. (to go back to SailfishOS, flash the SailfishOS .zip on top of it)

To SSH into your device via USB (Linux)
1. Enable remote connection in Settings->System->Developer mode
2. Set your USB interface on host machine to IP
3. ssh [email protected]
4. Use the password from developer mode to log in
5. Use the ‘devel-su’ command with the same password in order to gain root
6. To SSH over WLAN, use IP listed in developer mode under “WLAN IP address”

For more information, see this article on the

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