If you are looking for a different operating system for your ASUS Nexus 7 (2012) tablet, you might be interested in trying out Sailfish OS, a Linux-based mobile OS developed by Jolla. Sailfish OS is known for its gesture-based user interface and compatibility with Android apps.
Sailfish OS is not officially supported by Jolla for the Nexus 7, but there is a community port by XDA user junnuvi that is available as an alpha release[^1^] [^2^]. This ROM is based on the Mer project, which provides a core Linux stack for mobile devices. The ROM also includes some patches and fixes from other developers.
To install Sailfish OS on your Nexus 7, you will need to have a custom recovery such as TWRP installed on your device. You will also need to download the ROM zip file and the Sailfish OS rootfs image from the XDA thread[^2^]. You can flash the ROM zip file using TWRP, and then flash the rootfs image using fastboot. You can also watch a video tutorial by Antti Sokero on YouTube[^3^] for more details.
Keep in mind that this is an alpha release, so there might be some bugs and issues with the ROM. Some of the known problems include camera not working, Bluetooth not working, and some graphical glitches. You can report any feedback or issues on the XDA thread or on together.jolla.com[^4^], where you can also find more information and resources about Sailfish OS.
If you are feeling adventurous and want to try out a new OS on your Nexus 7, Sailfish OS might be a good option for you. It offers a unique and intuitive user experience, as well as access to Android apps via Alien Dalvik. However, be aware of the risks and limitations of flashing an unofficial ROM, and always make a backup of your data before proceeding.Sailfish OS is not just another Android clone. It has many unique features that set it apart from other mobile operating systems. Here are some of them:
Gesture-based user interface: Sailfish OS works with your natural hand movements via gestures. You donât have to push tiny buttons or search your way back home â everything is always under your thumb. Sailfish gestures soon become muscle memory and every touch-point a fluid, simple, faster task[^3^].
Android app compatibility: Sailfish OS uses Alien Dalvik, a proprietary Android compatibility layer. It does not emulate Android, but instead implements its APIs by adapting the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code to run as an application. Android applications can thus run at native speed without any perceivable slow-down[^2^].
Customizable user experience: Sailfish OS allows you to personalize your device with different ambiances, which are themes that change the look and feel of the UI, including colors, fonts, sounds and wallpapers. You can also choose which apps and services you want to use on your device, and easily switch between them with a swipe[^3^].
Open source platform: Sailfish OS is an open platform based on Linux and over 500 open source projects. Licensees get full source code access to the OS, tooling, and infrastructure. The OS is developed together with the customers and the developer community, using a meritocratic system[^1^].
Sailfish OS is a versatile and adaptable operating system that can run on different devices and meet different needs. Whether you are looking for a smartphone, a tablet, a smartwatch or a smart TV, Sailfish OS might have something for you. aa16f39245