Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus' popular offering viz the OnePlus One, that runs the now legacy Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system out of the box, has been spotted running Jolla's Sailfish OS, thus hinting at a OnePlus-Jolla collaboration.

According to an official tweet by Jolla's Martin Brook, who has also posted a mug shot of the OnePlus One running the Sailfish operating platform, OnePlus loyalists can anticipate the One smartphone to get Jolla's Sailfish OS support in the near future.

Engineers at Jolla are also expected to share more information regarding how OnePlus One users can flash the Sailfish OS on their devices, shortly, according to an official Jolla blog post.

As of now, multiple Android smartphones such as the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the older Galaxy S3 can be flashed with Sailfish OS via the Sailfish OS Hardware Adaptation Kit.

Specifically, the Sailfish Hardware Adaptation Kit consists of:

Mer core: The Linux userspace core

Android Hardware Adaptation (HA/HAL), consisting of:

• Device-specific Android Kernel

Binary device drivers taken from an Android ROM (e.g. CyanogenMod)

• The libhybris interface built against the binary drivers

• Middleware packages depending on hardware-specific plugins

• A Qt/Wayland QPA plugin utilising the Android hwcomposer

• Sailfish OS components

It is also worth noting that the OnePlus is capable of running customised diversions of the open-source Ubuntu Touch and multiple Android custom ROMs.

Key technical specifications of OnePlus One

  • 5.5in capacitive touchscreen display
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat, upgradeable to Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 13 MP rear camera, and a 5 MP front camera
  • 4G LTE, 3G, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi and microUSB connectivity
  • 3100 mAh fixed Lithium-Polymer battery