Jolla promised another big bugfix update before the year was over, and they delivered. Version 18.104.22.168 brings a whole boatload of bugfixes and stability improvements, but also brings in a few new features – such as one-way Google Calendar synchronization, camera support for Android applications, and a few more. Bigger new features are expected to arrive in January.
The update rollout itself was a bit of a disaster – the servers became overloaded (at least, that’s what it looked like), so many people couldn’t download the update, or would have the download hang halfway through. As far as I know, the update seems to be rolling out fine now, but having this process go wrong when the userbase is as small as it is means they’ve got some work to do on this one.
In the meantime, Christmas was packed with gifts for Sailfish users when it comes to applications. For instance, Sailfish has its own, native WhatsApp client now – and it works perfectly, and looks great. There’s also a video player, and a native Facebook client – Friends – is getting daily updates. Then there’s TinyWebBrowser; started out as a test project, but is already getting more useful than the stock browser, mostly because it supports landscape (a feature the stock browser will supposedly get in January).
All in all, the rate of new applications, new versions to existing applications, and operating system updates is all very promising, especially if you take into the account the very small userbase (I would guess several thousands at this point). Let’s hope they can keep it up. For what it’s worth – thanks to the new applications, I already uninstalled the Android compatibility stuff from my Jolla.