I’m happy and excited to tell you that the pre-production tablets for the Developer Device Loan Program members have been shipped, and they will be in the hands of developers really soon! We will learn from this pilot shipment to enable smooth deliveries to all our Indiegogo contributors. Developer program members have also been given access to the Community Beta Group, as well as access to our next software release candidate. We use this valuable developer feedback to improve the experience of all our customers.
Furthermore, we will soon deliver the SDK (Software Development Kit) with added capabilities for developing tablet apps to the Developer Device Loan Program members. They will be our extended testing crew before the official release. The new SDK will have an updated emulator supporting the tablet’s screen resolution, with orientation and scaling changes, and the option to deploy to the tablet.
News for all developers:
Our teams have prepared additional support for native Sailfish OS application developers. The Harbour infrastructure is ready for the submission of tablet-compatible applications, and Harbour QA will start reviewing them once the new version of SDK is released to the public. The main reason for us not to start reviewing yet has been to make sure that the UI compatibility issues are resolved with an up-to-date SDK by application developers before they submit their applications to Harbour. If you want to find out more, please take a look at the email from our Harbour QA team to the Sailfish OS Developers mailing list and the Harbour FAQ. SDK release target date is in sync with the Sailfish OS early access release. We will announce the release via mailing list and this blog.
Once the SDK is released, we will publish corresponding updates to SailfishOS.org; Design pages are updated to match Sailfish OS 2.0, as well as API documentation. Develop pages will have dedicated how-to’s for both the Jolla Tablet and the Jolla smartphone. We hope that you will find them useful for the development of your native application(s)!