Thursday 10 September 2015

System update 1.1.9 Eineheminlampi available for test users

Release notes: Sailfish OS Eineheminlampi (Early access release) for Jolla phone and Tablet

This Sailfish OS system update is the first official release introducing the user interface of Sailfish OS 2.0, released to the users signed into the Early Access program. The Early Access group is testing the 1.1.9 release before it's shared for everybody.

Sailfish OS system upgrade 1.1.9 - First info

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First released to Early Adopters

Sailfish OS is the first early access release of upgrade 1.1.9. During the next week Jolla will collect feedback and fix issues if necessary, followed by releasing this upgrade to all users if it's found stable enough. From Soumya Bijjal:
"During this year, we've been working non-stop on iterating prototypes of UI concepts and testing out different possibilities to uplift the Sailfish OS user experience. We are finally ready to introduce the new UI and share the joy of using the reborn Sailfish OS 2.0 user experience with you. This release is especially dear to us as we have also reached the milestone of platform scalability to support multiple devices."
Please note that there are still unfixed issues in this release, hence called "Early Access". Official release notes lists 20 of known issues for the phone, and few more tablet specific.

The upgrade path is forced through, introducing e.g. persistent logging of the update process, silent Android app installation (meaning of this feature is still unclear) and all the unfixed bugs included in Currently you cannot skip this earlier release if you want to install

This is also the first official release introducing the user interface of Sailfish OS 2.0. The transfer to the next generation user experience takes another step on the next release after this.

To begin with, I'm listing the key parts of what's changing now, compared to the Sailfish OS 1.0, and then listing some parts of 2.0 user experience to be introduced later. After those we sail into the update process and add all the technical highlights, also linking to the full (and pretty long) changelog. I hope you find all the information you need, feel free to comment on these or ask for even more details.

Sailfish OS 2.0 User Interface, parts introduced now:

  • Lock Screen: media controls for native Media app
  • Home: No more limitation of having only 9 open apps visible in Home, you can freely scroll to view all open apps
  • Home: The first row of app launcher icons is no longer visible in the homescreen. The app launcher is now accessible from anywhere in the UI with a swipe up gesture from the bottom edge.
  • Active covers: Open apps remain in the order they were launched in Home. Hence the last opened apps appear in the end of the grid. Now you can also drag to rearrange the apps in housekeeping mode. This change gives you the control to place the open apps in the order you prefer.
  • Active covers: You will see dimmed app covers when they are closed due to low memory. This way, you can continue to access/relaunch the app from Home.
  • Active covers: Active cover actions are now tappable. Swipe gestures are now reserved for view navigation in the homescreen
  • Active covers: actions (tap) limited to one for Browser, Phone, Clock and Mail apps.
  • Silencing the device: Enable silent mode by swiping from top edge of the screen and activating Silent ambience
  • Silencing the device: Turn off all system sounds by long press on volume down key
  • Presence settings: moved from Events pulley menu to Settings > System > Presence.
  • Ambience settings:  Manage ambiences under Settings > System > Ambiences, moved from Gallery app
  • Notification icons: SMS and IM notifications use the same icon now
  • User experience: Faster flicking speed across the platform
  • Ambiences: Old default ambiences will be removed on upgrade. New ambiences are based on the winners of the Jolla ambience photo campaign with Jolla tones set as default actions
  • Volume (tablet only): New 3 finger pull gesture
  • Android apps now use the "Chat" system tone for notifications, and alert with vibration and notification LED. Notifications now wake up the display

Sailfish OS 2.0 parts still missing - Phone and Tablet:

  • Home: "Carousel" has only 2 screens, Home and Events
  • Events screen: Feeds support for Facebook and Twitter accounts are temporarily unavailable. (will be re-introduced in the next release)
  • Events screen: Pick your favorite settings shortcuts to be shown in Events on the phone
  • Events screen: Perform favorite actions directly from Events on the phone like connecting to internet, search the web, find your location, take a photo, make a note or add an reminder
  • Settings app: New layout
  • Pulley menus: Enhance the speed of selection animation
  • Ambiences: Improvements to ambience handling

Sailfish OS 2.0 parts still missing - Tablet specific:

  • Camera: 1080p video recording is not supported yet, will be enabled with the next OS upgrade
  • Camera: Viewfinder aspect ratio is shrunk in video mode
  • Camera: Photos may have artifacts (e.g. green lines)
  • Camera settings: incorrect resolution options in Settings > Apps > Camera
  • SD Card: In rare cases, inserting and removing SD card multiple times may reboot the Tablet
  • Android apps: Some apps installed from Aptoide (e.g. Facebook, Facebook messenger, Spotify) do not launch on the Tablet. We are in discussions with Aptoide to resolve this issue.
  • Bluetooth keyboards: does not work on Android apps yet
  • Maps: app layout updates

Before installing

If connected to the internet, and your account is subscribed for Early Access releases, your Jolla should receive an OS update notification shortly.
  • Please ensure that you have ~3.7GB of free disk space before attempting to upgrade your Jolla
  • If you use phonehook from OpenRepos, uninstall it before upgrading
  • If you use patchmanager, revert all applied patches before upgrading
  • If your device is running software version lower than and have WareHouse app installed (i.e you are using OpenRepos), disable all openrepo repositories before attempting to upgrade your device
  • Take a backup of your data before attempting to upgrade your device. A successful backup operation is indicated by a green dot in the UI
  • NEW: Jolla is still hunting an issue causing update process to sometimes stop for a long time between 95-99%. It's recommended to enable persistent logging before installing this update, and if facing this issue, deliver these logs to Jolla Sailors. These logs might be helpful in finding the cause to the issue.

While installing

  • Do not reboot the device while the update is in progress.
  • The device screen may blank out during the update process, you may waken the display by a short press on the power key to monitor the progress.
  • For detailed instructions on updating software, visit Zendesk

After installing (few of the known issues)

  • If you can't find your music files, you need to update your media tracker using Sailfish OS Tools (available as an app in Jolla Store, installing that will add the new options in Settings)
  • If your Gallery shows as empty, a reboot should fix the issue
  • After installing Android runtime from Jolla Store, reboot is required for Android apps to be functional
  • login to Facebook app for Android, installed via Aptoide, might take a long time
  • If you use SD card, it's not safe to remove it while in use. Recommended way to make sure there are no active read/write commands is to remove it only when power is off.
  • more


  • Refreshed visual style in Homescreen and Silica components namely button, pulley menu, time picker, volume bar and remorse timer
  • Homescreen is now a carousel, flick to cycle between Events and Home
  • Grouped notifications shown in Events
  • Refreshed active cover layouts for Gallery, Jolla Store, Settings, Notes and Camera apps
  • Refreshed layouts for Calendar, Jolla Store, Clock, Email and Camera
  • Richer and configurable Events via Settings > System > Events
  • New Calendar widget displays your upcoming events
  • Redesigned Weather widget with five-day forecast information (tap on the widget to view it and remember to set your location in the Weather app)
  • Pick your favorite settings shortcuts to be shown in Events on the Jolla Tablet
  • Perform favorite actions directly from Events on the Jolla Tablet like connecting to internet, search the web, find your location, take a photo, make a note or add an reminder
  • New gesture option to enable quick Events access with a left swipe in Settings > System > Gestures
  • Swipe down from the top edge of the screen to open Top menu with lock action and ambiences. The currently active ambience is marked with an indicator.
  • Long-press power key also opens Top menu, but replaces lock action with power off
  • Ambience tones now follow global tone settings. You can override global tone settings by adding actions to ambience. Read more to understand the new behaviour better.
  • Support for US English language in the OS
  • Support for Lohit Devanagari font (Indian fonts)
  • Support for Sunday as the first day of the week based on the locale set
  • Receiving multiple files via Bluetooth are now auto-accepted within same session from non-trusted device if initial transfer was authorized
  • Platform upgrade to using a new camera and media stack based on GStreamer 1.x
  • Improved user experience to guide the user on how to install Jolla apps if Jolla account creation is skipped during start-up wizard
  • Tutorial app updated to introduce the new homescreen
  • Notes can now be shared as text files
  • Browser graphics architecture updated
  • Camera records video clips in H.264 format now


The full changelog is available in this post at TJC

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By: Review Jolla
Sources: TJC (release notes), TJC (alien dalvik changelog)
Published: 2015-09-10 17:20 UTC
Updated: 2015-09-10 17:20 UTC


  1. I really liked the new interface concept, thanks a lot, sailors!

  2. Made a short preview video of the new UI:

    1. Thanks for sharing Leszek! Would you like me to lift that video up to the post, it looks great and has about everything!