Tuesday 30 September 2014

Next Sailfish OS update, September

Next Sailfish OS update - First Info

Jolla has shared information about the upcoming Sailfish OS update to their app developers. Dots indicating prev/next content are about to change and setting up accounts should become more user friendly

UPDATE: Jolla has revealed the name
UPDATE 2: September turns into October
UPDATE 3: Security update available

What to expect from Jolla in the next Sailfish OS update?

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Update 3, October 6, 2014: Jolla has been working hard for the next update, but it might take another while as they decided to release the important security updates in advance - as a hotfix for the current version "Tahkalampi". This should fix the recently discovered "shellshock" vulnerability, among with NSS and NSPR issues. Read more here at TJC

Update 2, September 30, 2014: Jolla has updated the TJC post, sharing that they still need a while before releasing the update due to some rough edges and testing the security updates. No new schedule was shared, but readings the comments, customers rather wait than use an unfinished release.

Update, September 12, 2014: Jolla has apologized for the update being still under some polishing, but it will be delivered during this month. Originally Jolla planned to release in in the beginning of September. The name of the next Saifish OS is Uitukka. For people who participated our name contest: Nobody guessed this, so the date and numbers will eventually reveal us the winners. Good luck for your guess!

Original post: Jolla has shared the following information in their public developer mailing list. Please note that these are intentions, not promised parts of the update, and the actual update might include more or less fixes and features than shared here. We are looking forward the next update to be released in the beginning of September.

Quoted mail:
Hello everyone, 
We are back from a refreshing summer break and have some good things lined up. First and foremost, we are now quite positive about upgrading to Qt5.2 with the next OS update. 
Major changes:
  • We have made changes to the forward and backward indicator glow on the PageStack silica component, primarily to communicate to the user when there is more content to the left/right of the screen.
  • Accounts framework has undergone a fair amount of unification, making the account setup process more user friendly.
  • App dialogs have been redesigned for easier access of cancel and accept actions and to clearly separate dialogs visually from normal app pages. The old design was seen confusing by the new users. This moves the accept and cancel buttons from the page area to a persistent header above the page, which may cause some visual regression in 3rd party applications that assume the dialog page fills the whole display. No changes are needed for most of the dialogs as we have tried to be backwards compatible as much as it was possible with the new design. But, some breakages are to be expected.
In addition, we hope to release the following features
  • Search support in media player https://together.jolla.com/question/17615/searching-in-music-player/
  • Copy unsaved numbers from call log https://together.jolla.com/question/41245/possibility-to-copy-number-by-long-press-in-call-history/
  • Kazakh keyboard layout
  • Finer control to enable/disable AGPS assistance for obtaining location fix
  • Automatically save draft emails on page exit https://together.jolla.com/question/4040/mail-prompt-before-discarding-message-being-composed/
  • Fix to a bug which caused camera to overwrite captured media
  • Simplified startup wizard flow
  • Improved Homescreen performance and Sailfish application memory use (thanks to the new Qt 5.2 rendering pipeline, and background apps not keeping buffers and opengl context in memory). To recap the implications for app developers, please refer to https://www.mail-archive.com/devel@lists.sailfishos.org/msg04084.html.
  • Browser engine update to Gecko 31 to improve compatibility with various web sites and improving scrolling performance
  • Fix to WLAN disconnect issue while roaming due to RSN IE mismatch
  • Internet interface MTU resized to 1280 bytes for mobile data to overcome issues with some operator infrastructure
As usual, this comes with a friendly disclaimer that it is an intent of the release content and not a promise. 
We also noticed that signing up for a new Facebook account from a Jolla device is no longer possible. The drop-down selection for birthday does not work, hence making it impossible to complete the signing up process. We suspect that it is most likely due to changes from Facebook, nevertheless we'll continue to keep an eye on this issue. 

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Source: Jolla Developer mailing list, TJC
Published: August 20, 2014 05:10 UTC
Updated: October 6, 2014 15:50 UTC