Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Feb 2014 11:18 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In my review of Jolla and Sailfish, one of my biggest issues was the rather lacklustre browser, which didn't support landscape mode. Yesterday, Jolla released the January update for their operating system, version 1.0.3.8, which includes many small new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements, but most of all, it has vastly improved landscape support.

Half of the screen no longer turns blank when opening the keyboard in landscape mode, and support for it has been added to the default browser - which suddenly becomes a whole lot more useful, since browsing the web without landscape mode was a major pain in the butt. Jolla has also implemented full gesture support in landscape mode; before this update, gestures would not rotate with the screen orientation, but now they do.

The update contains a lot more improvements, and as promised, it was delivered in January. In addition, The New York Times has an article about Jolla as well. Not a lot of new information for those of us keeping up with all this stuff, but it's interesting to see major news outlets talking about Jolla.

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The browser foundation is pretty recent
by crystall on Sat 1st Feb 2014 14:46 UTC
crystall
Member since:
2007-02-06

Interestingly the browser is Gecko-based and pretty recent too, it looks like version 26.0 which matches the current version used in Firefox. It's a bit of a departure from most other integrated mobile browsers which are often based on older version of WebKit (especially the one shipping by default on Samsung devices).

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The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

It's nice to see Gecko getting some non-Mozilla love.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Ex-Nokians are not new to working with Gecko. For example MicroB was also Gecko based: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MicroB

Current Jolla browser is using the IPCLite API: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Embedding/IPCLiteAPI
But Mozilla still didn't officially integrate it.

Edited 2014-02-02 00:42 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Shouldn't there be a disclaimer that you work on Fx? ;p

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