Are you familiar with the Sailfish OS update icon in the image above? If you are a Jolla / Sailfish OS user you absolutely should be! When you see this icon on your lock screen you know it’s time for action – seriously.
We at Jolla work differently compared to other mobile operating system developers you know. We think and operate in an iterative way, meaning that our development is a continuous flow of ideas, updates, fixes, new features, user feedback and software releases.
Why should you care?
You, as our customer get to enjoy the results of this flow continuously, as we aim to release frequent software updates. We think this approach ensures that you have the best software available at the time, we can have an ongoing flow of user feedback, and, we simply can react faster compared to releasing more seldom.
We also believe that updating the software often makes your mobile experience richer, and lowers the threshold of updating. Remember that it is YOU we are doing this for, so please remember always to update to the latest software version!
If you don’t know how to update your software, read instruction here.
Highlights of our updates – this is what you get when updating!
Currently our team is working on getting the 14th Sailfish OS update out to you in just a short while. We are also closely following the security vulnerability fixes available in the open source components our platform is based on.
In the previous 14 updates we’ve released a lot of useful and cool stuff for you to enjoy. We’ve also upgraded our connectivity stack in the meantime for better connection handling. As a small summary, here are a few highlights for you from the Sailfish OS journey:
Private Browsing – Aaslakkajärvi Browse the web without generating browsing history files on your device.
IMAP push support – Äijänpäivänjärvi Receive instant notifications of received email also with IMAP accounts (previously only Exchange)
Customisable Ambience highlight colour – Yliaavanlampi Go to Gallery -> Ambiences to change the highlight color of your ambience. Read all about this here.
New Browser User Interface – Yliaavanlampi Read all about this here.
The Weather app – Yliaavanlampi Read more about this here.
Maps overlays: Night, Satellite, Car, Public transport – Vaarainjärvi
Flip to silence – Vaarainjärvi Flip your phone screen down to silence an incoming call, calendar call or snooze an alarm. The same actions with a quick tap on the power key!
Power key tricks – Vaarainjärvi Double tap the power key to make the device request the device lock code next time you open the screen.
Double tap the power key when locked to go straight to open apps in the Home view (provided you don’t have a device lock code) Read all about this here.
Share clipboard (copy-paste functionality) between Android and native SailfishOS apps – Vaarainjärvi
Save passwords to Browser – Vaarainjärvi You can choose to save your passwords of log-in fields in the Browser.
Sailfish Utilities – Vaarainjärvi Not a new feature as such, but in order to download this system maintenance tool your software needs to be at 18.104.22.168. Read all about this here.
Edit single occurance of a recurring event in Calendar – Vaarainjärvi
Search option in Media player app – Vaarainjärvi Search for media, albums and artists from the pulley menu in different views of the app
Automatically save draft emails on page exit – Vaarainjärvi
Dedicated covers for Android apps in Home view – Tahkalampi
Set separate sync schedules per email account – Tahkalampi
Add shortcuts to webpages in the app launcher area – Tahkalampi
Privacy settings for Browser – Saapunki Removing browsing data and being able to configure “Do Not Track” settings. Read more about this here.
Personalized Lock Screen pulley menu – Saapunki Launch applications straight from the Lock Screen! Add applications in Settings -> System -> Shortcuts
Folders in app Launcher – Saapunki Arrange your installed applications into nifty folders.
4G (LTE) – Saapunki
And there’s more to come! Look out for some very exciting changes coming soon!