Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Sailfish OS Nexus 5 CyanogenMod 11

Hacking has started!
  • [video] Testing HADK: Jolla's Sailfish OS with CyanogenMod 11 powered Nexus 5
Update, August 19: Version Alpha 3 released
  • Supporting Bluetooth, Untrusted software, Device lock...

Update August 19, 2014: Alpha 3 released

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Alpha 3 build is available from https://wiki.merproject.org/wiki/Ada...for_hammerhead
New features
  • Bluetooth - Please test with BT devices and let us know what works, what doesn't
  • Allow untrusted software 
  • Filemanager app 
  • USB connection dialogue: Developer mode, USB tethering, charging, ... - set usb mode to ask in settings.
  • Device Lock
LINK: Installing Guide and the packages 

Translation of the original article, July 20, 2014:

Jolla Sailfish OS on Nexus 5 in our test

Just yesterday we told you about OS Hardware adaptation Sailfish development kit for Android, and it's no wonder then that the Finnish operating system is gaining more and more interest and especially more and more admirers.

Porting Sailfish OS to Nexus 4 is now at an advanced stage and you can almost use it as a base OS on your device, while around the web there's adaptations going on  for other devices. Today we are featuring our test on Nexus 5. Sailfish OS is to be installed "over" the CyanogenMod 11 and for the moment it is more of a demo of little use, however it is working just enough to give us an idea of the structure and features of the firmware seen on Jolla phone.

Video: Testing Sailfish OS on Nexus 5 (spoken in Italian)
 To perform the installation presented here no knowledge of modding is required - just a little familiarity with your own Nexus 5 and some attention. We've written a guide on our forum (in Italian, translated below) that will tell you step by step all the steps required, please feel free to reply on this thread dedicated for asking your questions.

In my opinion Sailfish is extremely interesting, and if the path taken by Jolla will go ahead with similar step as taken so far, very soon we can choose to use an operating system extremely elegant, objectively very nice and in some ways simpler and more immediate than Android in the daily use.

The global popularity of Android, Windows Phone or iOS has so far been leading people accustomed to their user interface. With Sailfish OS users need to revise their concept of interaction with the smartphone, but in a short time many of ýou might find Sailfish OS surprising, especially compared to basic operations that we perform every day with our Android phones, using your fingertips and be able to enjoy 100% of the size of the display at the same time.

Just the size of the display, however, may be the Achilles heel of Sailfish OS, maybe being a little uncomfortable to use for those who have particularly big hands. However, every time we try we are amazed positively about Sailfish OS. What do you think?

Original article by Matteo Virgilio, TuttoAndroid

Translated Step by Step guide

(links are available for registered users only)


  • Unlocked bootloader
  • Recovery custom
  • Android KitKat, latest version available


  • Last available CyanogenMod 11
  • Sailfish OS zip for N5


  • Take a full backup (excellent: Nandroid backup from the recovery) 
  • Reboot into recovery 
  • Wipe data / factory reset 
  • Wipe cache 
  • Wipe Dalvik Cache 
  • Format System 
  • Install the Zip CyanogenMod 11 
  • Install the Zip Sailfish OS (fairly long process) 
  • restart

Original forum post by Matteo Virgilio, TuttoAndroid

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Published July 20, 2014 14:55 UTC
Updated August 19, 2014 07:22 UTC