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Sailfish OS 1.1.7 released

This new release - one of the final 1.x released before 2.0 and the tablet hit, I suppose - integrates a whole bunch of options and settings related to the Android application support into the Sailfish settings applications, such as stopping/restarting Alien Dalvik, blocking Android applications from accessing your Sailfish contacts, allowing Android applications to keep running properly in the background, and so on.

There's more, so be sure to update.

Yotaphone says bye-bye to Android, switches to Sailfish

Update: there's a denial, which in turn is also being questioned. Conclusion: nope, not happening.

Russian manufacturer Yota, well known for its Yotaphone dual screen phones, has announced that its next devices will no longer operate using Android but Sailfish, an alternative developed by former Nokia engineers at Jolla.

Interesting, if not a bit of an odd decision. One has to wonder what prompted this decision, because even though I like Sailfish for what it represents, it's far from a true alternative to Android or iOS. Maybe Yota knows something about Sailfish 2.0 we don't?

I'm intrigued.

‘Sailfish to become Russia’s official operating system for mobile’

According to the RBC Newspaper, The Russian Ministry of Communications has decided that the country needs a national phone operating system which accordingly will be Jolla's own Sailfish OS which has been built from the scratch and the ashes oc MeeGo after the death of the mentioned OS announced by Nokia as The Burning Platform.

I can't read Russian or Finnish, so I can't get into the details here, It's supposedly part of a greater push by Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. Sounds like good news for Sailfish.

Sailfish OS 1.1.4 released for early access

The next Sailfish OS version has been released for early access users. It's got a few very welcome changes - first and foremost, IMAP idle/push support, meaning emails will now arrive as the arrive, instead of on a schedule. There's also a new split landscape keyboard, and some gesture feedback has been added. In addition, there's a bunch of security updates, improvements to Android application support, and more.

Assuming no big issues arise from the early access release, it'll be pushed to regular users.

Design insights: how we design Sailfish OS

How to improve user experience? How to invent new ideas? Why are some designs changing? How to ensure that new ideas actually improve the user experience (UX)?

There are many more design related questions for sure. In this blog we will start to provide you with design insights, explain what is important to us, what is our way of working, our project objectives, evaluations and conclusions as well.

In short: how we design Sailfish OS.

A fluff piece, of course, but still somewhat interesting in the run-up to Sailfish OS 2.0.

Jolla shows Sailfish OS 2.0

Jolla has "introduced" Sailfish OS 2.0. It didn't really introduce it though as it's not available to anyone right now - it's only potentially available to OEMs.

The independent Sailfish OS is soon reaching a major milestone as it is scaling from smartphones to tablets with the introduction of the Jolla Tablet. The first shipments of Jolla’s second Sailfish OS product are expected to start in Q2/2015. At this point, Sailfish OS is maturing to the next generation, 'Sailfish OS 2.0', and is introducing e.g. a new enhanced user interface, support for Intel architecture, and previously unseen software integration capabilities for partners.

The new interface is interesting - it greatly simplifies all the gestures and seems to function much more like Harmattan on the N9. As awesome as all this sounds, this still doesn't address the biggest concern: applications. Some may be content running Android applications (poorly) on Sailfish, but I want the real deal. However, without - still - any word on paid applications, it doesn't seem like this issue will be addressed any time soon.

That being said - I'm an early backer for the tablet, and can't wait for it to arrive this May. I hope Sailfish OS 2.0 will find its way to my Jolla phone at around the same time.

Jolla releases Sailfish 1.1.2 for early access

As promised with the new early access program, Jolla has released the latest Sailfish update for, well, early adopters. Assuming no major issues are found, this release will be pushed to all Sailfish users soon. The highlights (some screenshots):

  • New weather application with events feed integration available through store
  • Browser received a new interface
  • Colours in ambiences can be adjusted
  • Email authentication capabilities can be autodetected
  • Improved low memory handling, now swap is properly taken into account

The new browser interface is very welcome - the old one was quite cumbersome at times - so that alone makes it a worthwhile update.

Jolla provides early access to SailfishOS releases

We've been testing pushing early updates to a small group of opt-in users for update9 and the connectivity hotfix. This went well so we're going one step further and making each software update available for opt in approximately one week before releasing it. We mainly expect this to be useful for developers and technically minded users who can handle potential problems (eg if you don't know how to do a backup and a restore then it may not be for you).

Flip a toggle on your Jolla account settings page and you'll receive each new Sailfish update a week before general release so you can test it out. Needless to say, my switch has been flipped.

2015 roadmap for Sailfish brings many, many changes

An email sent to the Sailfish developer mailing list goes into some great detail on what to expect from Sailfish over the course of 2015. It looks like they're planning to touch every part of the system.

2015 will see Sailfish OS evolve towards a display resolution and form factor independent operating system capable of running on a range of devices. It will also bring a renewed Sailfish UI. We plan to demo this evolution at the Mobile World Congress in March.

We have now started to work full speed on the new UI framework changes and are currently in the prototyping phase. Our main driver is to introduce changes that

  1. enhance user experience on both the phone and tablet
  2. strengthen the OS core
  3. simplify implementation for a better managed code base

The remainder of the long email lists a whole lot of changes the Sailfish team at Jolla plans to implement - from the lower levels all the way up to the user interface.

In addition, chairman and co-founder Antti Saarnio posted on the Jolla blog with more hints about the future of Sailfish, and one thing in particular stood out to me:

The Sailfish OS is still young, and needs more stability, better connectivity, and simplification to the user experience. The small Sailfish OS native app ecosystem needs its own program, which guides and supports app developers. The amount of applications is not important, rather the most important applications for people need to be native, and of high quality. Friends, Tweetian, Sailgrande, just to mention a few, are excellent proof points of the potential of native Sailfish OS applications.

This is very good news. Improving the operating system is one thing, but the quality and availability of native applications is another. I'm glad Jolla recognises this and seems to be taking steps to do something about it.

Jolla releases 10th major Sailfish update

Jolla released the tenth major update for Sailfish today, bumping the version number to the as always very useful and helpful 1.1.1.26. The name of the update, also as always in Finnish, isn't helping either: Vaarainjärvi. Joking aside, this tenth update is a massive one - virtually every aspect of the operating system is touched upon in some way, from the lower levels all the way up to UI tweaks.

It's 1.5GB in size, which is pretty huge in Sailfish terms, so make sure to have enough free space for the initial download.

Thoughts on Jolla, Sailfish

Jolla is another system that took many of the lessons of iOS and Android, and rethought how a mobile system should work. Since Jolla's tablet crowdsourcing project ends tomorrow, this seems like a good time to talk about some of the things Jolla does really well.

Sailfish-the-operating-system is pretty good. Sailfish' applications - or lack thereof - however, are not. I've bought the tablet, as did many, many others (it's a runaway hit), so let's hope this changes things for the better.

‘Why develop apps for Sailfish’

Jaakko Roppola, senior designer at Jolla, writes:

I get asked this a lot so I did a post about it.

Simple really.

A Sailfish application has a much higher UX potential than any other platform counterpart. The whole operating system is designed around an unobstructed and efficient use of applications. What you as a user want to do.

That's all well and fine, and we all know why native applications are superior to less-than-native counterparts - which in the case of Sailfish comes down specifically to Android applications, which it supports quite well. The reality, however, is that these reasons are not even remotely enough to draw developers of native applications to Sailfish.

Early this year, I wrote a comprehensive review of Jolla and Sailfish. Since then, a lot of people have been asking me to revisit that review, and go into the current state of the platform. It's something that I've been wanting to do for a while now, but I've been putting it off because to be honest - there is very little to tell.

The general conclusion of the review was that Sailfish was a good operating system considering its age, with a comprehensive user interface that was a joy to use, and that was both fast, smooth, and intuitive. Being a new platform, its biggest issue was of course the lack of third party applications - but even there, the platform got off on a good start with a few high-quality applications such a WhatsApp client, a great Twitter client, a barebones but decent Facebook client, and a few others. For a platform that was only a few weeks or months old at the time, that was a great running start.

Sadly, even though we're almost a year down the line, the state of the platform is still pretty much exactly the same. The operating system itself has improved even further, and continues to do so at a decent pace. Every time I boot my Jolla, Sailfish delights me with its intuitive and smooth, one-handed interface. Between the review and now, we've seen like 10 proper operating system updates, and each of them have improved the operating system in noticeable ways. It's nowhere near as complete or full-featured as Android, iOS and WP, but it will certainly cover users of those platforms just fine.

As far as third-party applications go, however, the situation is - and let's not sugar-coat it - dire. The applications I highlighted in my review and again a few paragraphs above are still pretty much the only proper Sailfish applications today, with the note that the Facebook client hasn't seen any development in months and is, as far as I can tell, abandoned. Other than that, virtually every time I get my hopes up when I see tweets about "new" Sailfish applications, it's yet another Android application that also works on Sailfish.

Of course, we all knew this was going to be the hardest - and largest - piece of the Sailfish puzzle. However, I did expect more than what we have now. I'm sure the lack of support for paid applications plays a role here, discouraging more professional, non-hobby developers from joining in on the fun as a side-project. Whatever the cause, we're still looking at a third-party applications landscape that isn't much better than what I saw back in January.

It could be that there's a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes to get developers interested, but so far, we haven't seen much sign of that. I'm obviously not going to write off the platform or anything like that - the operating system is too good and fun for that - but progress on the application front is sorely, sorely needed.

Right now, my Jolla spends most of its time in my device drawer, only to be booted up when there's an update or when I'm bored. Sailfish deserves more, but I'm not sure how they're going to get it.

Sailfish port for Nexus 5 released

If you have a Nexus 5 you can experiment with, you can now experiment with Sailfish OS. A community port has been released, and while it's clearly not stable or anywhere near production-ready, it's still interesting to try out on your Nexus 5. It's not feature-complete, and several things don't yet work, but it's getting there.

The flashing instructions are pretty straightforward - in a nutshell, flash CyanogenMod, flash Sailfish on top of it, done. It's weekend, so have fun!

Official guide detailing how to port Sailfish OS to Android devices

This is a guide to help you understand how you can port Sailfish OS to devices running the CyanogenMod flavour of Android.

By following this guide you can set up a Mer-core based Linux system that will run on an Android device, on top of the existing Android Hardware Adaptation kernel and drivers.

This is the official guide detailing how to port Sailfish OS to run on any Android device supported by CyanogenMod 10.x.

Sailfish to get 3rd party ‘swipe’ keyboard, despite patents

A Sailfish developer (third party, so not affiliated with Jolla) has developed a swipe keyboard for Jolla. It's essentially done and ready to go, but he was too afraid to release it. The reason?

I'd like to release this as an open source project, but at the moment I'm not comfortable with the patent issue (I'm interested in any advice on this topic). I live in a country outside the US (and without software patents), so should I just find a code hosting service with no relation with the US?

Fellow Sailfish developers and users chimed in, arguing he should be fine with releasing it as open source and hosting it outside of the US, with a warning that it should not be used in the US. He has accepted this advice, and is currently working on releasing it. While this is great news for Sailfish users, this does highlight the destructive nature of software patents.

Since he's going to release the code as open source, we can be 100% sure that none of the code in there is stolen from Swype and that none of it violates the open source license governing possible other swipe-like functionality (e.g. Google's Android keyboard). Ergo, he has developed this on his own, and has produced his own code, or used code that is freely available. It's a fruit of his labour, possibly infused with code that was meant to be used in a sharing manner.

And yet, despite the above, it's very likely that yes, he is violating a bunch of patents by producing this keyboard, and is, potentially, running a risk. I'm not so sure the legal advice given in the thread holds up - I'm not a lawyer, and neither are (I'm assuming) the people in the thread - but I'm at least happy he is willing to run the risk for us.

Now, I ask you: is this fair? Is this the future that we want for developers and programmers? Is this the message that the United States government, its technology companies, and said companies' public advocates want to send to aspiring hobby developers the world over? Should Europe, India, China, and the rest of the world just accept this?

I'm sure the proponents of software patents will wave this away to solve their state of cognitive dissonance, but I'm honestly and seriously worried about the developers who have not released, are not releasing, or will not release their code because of the bribes changing hands from Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Google, and the rest to Washington legislators.

Patents are supposed to spur innovation, not hinder it.

Third early adopter Sailfish release for Nexus 4 released

Carsten Munk, chief research engineer at Jolla, announced the third 'Early Adopter Release' of Sailfish for the Nexus 4. Let me stress that this is very much still a work-in-progress, and your device may explode or kill hummingbirds. This release brings Sailfish for Nexus 4 up to par with version 1.0.7.16 that's current for Jolla phones.

This installation image is for early adopters only, meaning we know that some things are not functional or perhaps even broken -- please see the release notes below. We are excited to get all of you properly included in the early stages of the project. Do note that this SailfishOS image is strictly for personal and non-commercial usage only.

If you have a spare Nexus 4 lying around, this might be a good moment to give Sailfish a try.

Sailfish 1.0.7.16 released, enables 4G support

It's a holiday in The Netherlands today, so I'm a bit late with this, but Jolla has released another Sailfish update today, and it's a big one. The headline feature of the new update is that it enables the phone's 4G support for all countries. So, if you have 4G, your Jolla phone will now use it. The hardware was obviously available from the beginning, but it was never enabled until now.

Aside from 4G, this update packs a whole lot more - most importantly, it fixes a major annoyance with the Sailfish browser. The browser did not keep its tab contents in memory, so each time you switched to a tab, the page had to be reloaded. This has now been addressed, and tabs stay in memory properly.

These are just two of the many, many improvements, new features, and bug fixes in this update. Us Sailfish users know where to get it.

Sailfish OS 1.0.5.16 released

And the updates keep on coming.

  • Two-way sync of Exchange contacts.
  • Over-the-air (OTA) provisioning: Receive mobile data and MMS access point settings from your operator over-the-air
  • Share and receive pictures and contacts via MMS (experimental)
  • EXIF data is now stored in photos taken with camera.
  • Save GPS coordinates in captured photos
  • Set default account to be used for sending emails
  • Swipe to close gesture available as a setting and disabled by default for new users
  • Visual interaction hints in events view, browser, camera, email, phone and messages apps
  • Keyboard sounds

The update also fixes the Heartbleed security issue.