How To Install The Google Play Store And Google Play Services On The Jolla Smartphone

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Hello Linux Geeksters. As a reminder, Jolla’s first device has been released in Finland, via DNA, in the 27th of November 2013. Despite the fact that native Jolla or Android apps are available only via the Jolla Store, F-Droid and Yandex Store, some tweaks can be done, in order to get apps directly from the Google Play Store.

In this article I will show you how to install the Google Play Store and Google Play Services on your Sailfish OS-based Jolla device.

How To Install The Google Play Store And Google Play Services On The Jolla Smartphone

Follow the instructions exactly, in order to install the Google Play Store app on your Sailfish OS based Jolla device:

  • Enable Jolla Developer Mode and allow SSH-connection
  • Download the Google Play Store Apps and extract the zip archive
  • Connect your Jolla device to the computer, via USB
  • Copy the extracted folder (/path/to/system) on the Jolla device
  • Connect from the computer to the Jolla device, via SSH: user nemo
  • Switch to the developer mode: devel-su and type the user’s password
  • Copy the system folder to /opt/alien: rsync -av –ignore-existing /home/nemo/system /opt/alien
  • Reboot phone
  • Install both the Google Play Store and the Google Play services
  • Start the Google Play Store and perform updates

For those who don’t know yet, 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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