Jolla Users Blog / All things Jolla and Sailfish OS. Sat, 01 Feb 2020 23:01:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.10 Jolla Winter Ambience Contest: the winners /2018/04/jolla-winter-ambience-contest-the-winners/ /2018/04/jolla-winter-ambience-contest-the-winners/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:00:17 +0000 /&p=8311 After the last, exciting, MWC18, we can finally announce the winners of the Jolla Winter Ambience Contest, made in collaboration with Jolla. The winners will get an email in the following days with instructions on how to redeem their prizes. The winners Pentti Runko Cyril Lintanff Frans de Jonge Michele Claus Gabriele Gubinelli Maria Isabel […]]]>

After the last, exciting, MWC18, we can finally announce the winners of the Jolla Winter Ambience Contest, made in collaboration with Jolla. The winners will get an email in the following days with instructions on how to redeem their prizes.

The winners

  1. Pentti Runko
  2. Cyril Lintanff
  3. Frans de Jonge
  4. Michele Claus
  5. Gabriele Gubinelli
  6. Maria Isabel Fdez Bujalance
  7. Michele Marin
  8. Jevgenijs Kaigorodovs
  9. Tapo Niva
  10. Diego Braschi

From 1st to 3rd will get a free copy of Sailfish X and a Jolla exclusive hoodie. From 4th to 10th will get a 20% discount for a copy of Sailfish X.

Thanks to all the participants and to James Noori, who made this contest possible. Sail on! And stay tuned, further contests will follow!

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Jolla Winter Ambience Contest: get Sailfish X for free! /2017/12/jolla-winter-ambience-contest-get-sailfish-x-for-free/ /2017/12/jolla-winter-ambience-contest-get-sailfish-x-for-free/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:00:06 +0000 /&p=8294 From spending the holidays with family around a fireplace to skiing downhill, from twilight landscapes to candid-white mountains, winter is the favorite season for many people. As the season is approaching, Jolla Community Italia, partnering with Jolla, is opening a contest to get free copies of Sailfish X and an exclusive hoodie by Jolla! Participating […]]]>

From spending the holidays with family around a fireplace to skiing downhill, from twilight landscapes to candid-white mountains, winter is the favorite season for many people. As the season is approaching, Jolla Community Italia, partnering with Jolla, is opening a contest to get free copies of Sailfish X and an exclusive hoodie by Jolla! Participating is easy, we would like you to share with us the most magical aspects of winter. Furthermore, the winning photos will be featured on a forthcoming Sailfish OS update!

How to enter the Jolla Winter Ambience Contest

  1. Take a photo (or photos) or choose your favorite(s) from your existing photos. You can submit several entries, but please don’t overdo it – quality matters here!
  2. The chosen photo(s) should have a minimum size of 2048×2048px. If your image is larger, it can be either portrait or landscape – in the end it needs to work both ways. You can use whatever equipment you have to take the photos.
  3. Read and understand the terms and conditions found below.
  4. Go here and fill in the required information to the fields and submit your photo(s).
  5. The chosen photos will be announced on both Jolla and Jolla Community Italia social networks and later included in the actual Jolla products.

The Jolla Winter Ambience Contest is open from November 30 to December 31, 2017.

Terms & conditions

Please read the terms and conditions before sending a photo entry for the Jolla Winter Ambience Contest. By submitting a photo, you agree with the following terms and conditions.

Who are eligible to participate?
Submitting a photo for the Jolla Winter Ambience Contest is open to everyone, regardless of whether they have purchased a Jolla.

Photo submission period
Photo submissions are accepted from November 30 to December 31, 2017. All photo entries must be submitted during this period to be considered for the Jolla Winter Ambience Contest.

Submitting a photo
Upload your photos and the required details via the submission form. By sending your photo entry, you agree to license your submission to Jolla under Creative Commons BY 4.0.

Entry Rules/Guidelines
The photo must be a digital photo, and hence should be uploaded in a digital format.
The content in photo must be owned fully by the contestant.
The submission size of photo should be kept under 8MB. If the original file size is larger than that, we will contact you for original file if your photo is selected.
The photo should have a minimum resolution of 2048x2048px.
If recognizable people are portrayed in a photo, the subject(s) must have given the photographer permission to have the photograph taken and used by Jolla without additional consideration.

Prizes
Each of the 3 winners will get a free copy of Sailfish X and a Jolla exclusive hoodie. Further 7 photos selected will get a 20% discount for a copy of Sailfish X.

Restrictions
Jolla Ltd. does not accept content for the Jolla Winter Ambience Contest that violates any applicable law or regulations or material protected by intellectual property laws or by rights of privacy or publicity. The photo must not be inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information. Jolla Ltd. reserves the right to remove or refuse any content for any reason whatsoever.

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Sailfish OS and alternate input methods /2017/05/sailfish-os-and-alternate-input-methods/ /2017/05/sailfish-os-and-alternate-input-methods/#comments Mon, 29 May 2017 17:41:30 +0000 /&p=8279 As you may know, Maliit is the default Sailfish keyboard. It was invented by Nokia for Meego and it was later reused by Jolla for it’s Sailfish. Maliit comes up as a standard qwerty keyboard, it’s even quite accurate and while in landscape view it offers an unusual split screen mode, where half the keyboard […]]]>

As you may know, Maliit is the default Sailfish keyboard. It was invented by Nokia for Meego and it was later reused by Jolla for it’s Sailfish. Maliit comes up as a standard qwerty keyboard, it’s even quite accurate and while in landscape view it offers an unusual split screen mode, where half the keyboard is on the left, half on the right and suggestions are in the middle. Even if the standard keyboard is rather good (not perfect anyway), you should know, there are other input methods for Sailfish, with either pros and cons. Let’s have a look :

 

Dolphin Keyboard

the Dolphin keyboard it’s surely most famous keyboard on the system. It is a qwerty keyboard realized by Saberaltria, which slightly differs from the official one, for it’s layout and most of all for the addiction of smiles. There are even, some buttons that let you move quickly inside the text, not present in the standard one. You can find the dolphin keyboard on openrepos together with the italian layout (which our Fravaccaro is the author) necessary to make it work.

 

 

 

 

 

OKBoard (Aka the Magic Keyboard)

A gesture based system without a swipe keyboard?it would sound rather strange, so here it is. The OKBoard is a swipe keyboard realized by Eber 42, that give us the ability to swipe on the screen instead of tapping on the letters. Despite it’s development it’s rather slow, it’s already completely usable, and it have things like automatic spacing and automatic apostrophe to make writing easier, and for  now it only seems to have (at least for what it concern the italian language) problems with letter composed by two letters, like “ho” “pc” “da” eand so on.

You can find it on openrepos as for the italian language pack necessary to make the keyboard works

N.B. : italian keybord is not working yer because dictionry needs to be updated with latest okboard engine, but it’s author (Spidernik84) told me it was just a matter of time and it was already working on it.

 

 

 

Messagease keyboard

The messagease keyboard is a keyboard done by the french developer Jimmy Huguet that try to revolutionize the writing method. It is based upon a frequency criteria and it’s a mix of swipe and tap, where most used letters are big and you can have them by pressing on the screen, while smaller ones can be obtained by doing a swipe starting from nearest bigger letter, pointing out the direction of the desired letter, for example if you want a Z you should make a swipe to the right starting from the E letter and so on for the other letters and symbols (which are hidden but easily reachable via swipe or the apposite menu). There are even other functions like the long swipe, where a long swipe from left to right will create a space while a long swipe from right to left will delete a character. The keyboard is actually being worked on at full speed and a new landscape mode has just arrived,optimized for being used while two handed and not waste the entire screen, that even if it can look a little weird at the start, it’s perfectly doing it’s job. As you might have guessed this keyboard has a deep learning curve, but once you get used to it (at least for my personal experience) it will be good and rather quick..

if you want to try it you could head to Jimmy’s site where you can find also the instructions to install the keyboard. If you want to try out the italian layout (a work in progress by the italian community member Niccco) you could ask for that on the Jolla Community Italia telegram group.

 

8pen keyboard

the 8pen is another keyboard thet try to revolutionize the writing concept on a touch screen. It was invented by the 8pen team on Android and iOS and was ported on Sailfish by the french developer Jimmy Huguet. The 8pen comes up as a big C with a circle in the middle where letters are divided by row of four, placed respectively on the left and on the right of various sectors, which are four in total plus the center which is the start/finish point. To obtain a letter you should make a swipe starting from the center, to the sector which the letter is placed on, and then continue to swipe in the direction the letter is placed on, and returning to the center when the number of sector has reached the number where the letter is on, for example, looking at the photo, if you want to have a D which is letter number 2 of the left upper row, you should start the swipe from the center from the D sector and then continue to swipe in that direction for 2 sector for then returning to the center to finish (so the ?kle-ouvw sector). If you want to have a capital letter you followh the same path, but this time starting from the sector and not from the center. Same thing of lower case letters for accents where after having wrote the selected letter you have to insert an accent the same way and the letter will be automatically accented. It may sound weird and hard to explain, and in fact it rather is, but once you get the hang of it you could get some nice speed with less errors. Actually the keyboard, while being great, is not perfect yet and misses a send button, but it’s development proceed at full speed so if you want to try it out you could head to Jimmy Huguet’s page while italian layout (actually being worked on by italian community member 247) can be requested in the Jolla Community Italia telegram group.

 

12pen keyboard

12pen is a keyboard created entirely by french developer Jimmy Huguet and follow the same scheme as the the 8pen, but having 6 sectors instead of 4. it follow exactly the same principle, only, this time, being more secotrs, swipes are shorter. The keyboard misses an enter key too, but it’s development proceed at full speedso if you fancy trying it out you can download it at Jimmy Huguet’s page while italian layout (actually being worked on by italian community member 247) can be requested at the Jolla Community Italia telegram group.

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Jolla C Video Review /2016/09/jolla-c-video-review/ /2016/09/jolla-c-video-review/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:09:03 +0000 /&p=8262 As you all know, the Jolla C smartphone is a brand new limited edition device from Jolla which features a 720P HD screen, a Snapdragon quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM helping those multitasking unicorns to work their magic! As I haven’t had time to review this device lately (Yes I have it!) I am […]]]>

As you all know, the Jolla C smartphone is a brand new limited edition device from Jolla which features a 720P HD screen, a Snapdragon quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM helping those multitasking unicorns to work their magic!

As I haven’t had time to review this device lately (Yes I have it!) I am going to get help from the lovely internet and post a video by Leszek Lesner that I have found on Twitter, courtesy of Dr. Roy Schestowitz.

The video is about 10 minutes, in English, and features almost anything you would want to know about the Jolla C device.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have a question about the device!

SOURCE | VIAIMAGE

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Sailfish OS 2.0.1.11 released /2016/05/sailfish-os-2-0-1-11-released/ /2016/05/sailfish-os-2-0-1-11-released/#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 13:32:20 +0000 /&p=8247 Today marks the public availability of Sailfish OS 2.0.1.11 Taalojärvi. This release of Sailfish OS is considered to be primarily a bug fix release, however it also manages to pack a plethora of new features in as well. Let’s go over some highlights of this release! New features Sharing options in Sailfish OS have been […]]]>

Today marks the public availability of Sailfish OS 2.0.1.11 Taalojärvi. This release of Sailfish OS is considered to be primarily a bug fix release, however it also manages to pack a plethora of new features in as well. Let’s go over some highlights of this release!

New features

  • Sharing options in Sailfish OS have been improved. If you are a user of Dropbox or OneDrive, you are now able to share your pictures directly to those accounts. Alongside improved sharing to select account types, Sailfish sharing options have also now been added into Android’s sharing menu!
  • You can now see past communications you’ve had with a particular contact, by going to their contact card in the People’s app and clicking “Activity”. From some quick testing, this appears to provide information on calls and SMS.
  • Toggling password text visibility in password entry fields has been made more consistent across the OS.
  • You can now access settings relating to Events directly from the Events View’ shortcuts menu.
  • Tablet users have gotten some love, with landscape support for Bluetooth pairing and file transfer dialogs.

 

Bug fixes

Android Support

  • Issues relating to the camera as well as SD card accessibility for Android apps have been fixed.
  • Restart handling of the Android runtime has been improved.
  • Support for Tablet lockscreen media controls has landed.

 

Browser

  • Virtual keyboard opening in gmail.com has been fixed.
  • Focus handling after gesture-based closing of the keyboard has been resolved.
  • Location permission requests will no longer appear if you have GPS disabled.

 

Camera

  • Fixes for image metadata have landed.
  • Video playback has been made more consistent with the Gallery.

 

Gallery

  • Crashes when minimizing and restoring the Gallery app while playing a video have been resolved.

 

Home

  • Reordering apps in folders works again. (Yay I can alphabetize my apps in folders again!)
  • Shutdown view displays “Goodbye” instead of the Jolla logo.

 

Calendar

  • Improved day view layout and sync for Google calendar.

 

Keyboard

  • Hindi keyboard has now landed.
  • Keyboard sounds no longer break Bluetooth sound in silent mode.

 

Office

  • Placeholder text layout has been fixed in Documents, for languages with long translations.
  • PDF document crashes have been fixed.

 

Phone

  • Multiple fixes for the call dialog getting stuck.
  • Fixed an issue where incoming calls could get automatically silenced after 2 seconds.

 

Security

  • Seriously people, lots of CVE fixes. You should update.
    • CVE-2015-5986, CVE-2015-5722, CVE-2015-5477, CVE-2015-4620, CVE-2015-8126, CVE-2015-7981, CVE-2015-7547, CVE-2016-0800.

 

Known Issues

  • Google contact sync may sometimes hang up and drain the battery.
  • PC connection mode (MTP) does not work with Windows 10 in all cases.
  • In some cases, pending updates for apps may block the system update. Install the application updates prior to doing a system update should fix this issue.

 


That was the tip of the iceberg for fixes in this release. If you want more, head on over to Jolla’s release notes as well as reading the detailed changelog!

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PRESS: Jolla secures $12 million in financing + news roundup /2016/05/press-jolla-secures-12-million-in-financing-news-roundup/ /2016/05/press-jolla-secures-12-million-in-financing-news-roundup/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 18:36:02 +0000 /&p=8235 Antti Saarnio BRICSBefore we dive into this new press release, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. I’m Topias Vainio, an IT student from Finland. I’m your typical nerd interested in tech stuff and games and also a huge fan of Jolla and Sailfish. Some may already know me as the founder of Jolla Fan Club group on […]]]> Antti Saarnio BRICS

Before we dive into this new press release, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. I’m Topias Vainio, an IT student from Finland. I’m your typical nerd interested in tech stuff and games and also a huge fan of Jolla and Sailfish. Some may already know me as the founder of Jolla Fan Club group on telegram where I usually hang out with my fellow fans. I actively post Jolla and Sailfish OS related news on twitter and my Jolla News Network channel on telegram. Besides tech stuff, I like learning Japanese and Korean and hoping to study Mandarin Chinese in the future. I’ve stepped in to fill the void now that James has his hands full as the new Jolla Community Manager. With that out of the way, let’s get on today’s topic.

This morning, Jolla announced in a press release that they have managed to raise $12 million dollars in financing for the development and licensing of Sailfish OS. The source of those investments was not announced but in a Digitoday interview with Antti Saarnio implied that many investors are from Russia and that both old and new investors have invested on this funding round. Jolla has also entered into an agreement with its main creditors and canceled its debt restructuring application in Finland. Sailfish OS development is already going full steam ahead with the 2nd early access release of Taalojärvi 2.0.1.11 update released last week and they’re in middle of interviewing for 3 out of 6 of their open positions. They’re still repairing the damages from their most recent death valley, but these announcements show a promising future for the company.

The Jolla tablet closure project is proceeding smoothly with shipments and refunds being well under way. Most seem to already have received their tablet – including me – and some have been refunded as well. As mentioned in Jolla’s previous blog posts, the refunds will be fulfilled in two rounds with the first round rolled out in April-May 2016 and next round one year after if their financial situation permits.

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Æmæth UI running on Turing Phone

Jolla’s licensing deals seem to be proceeding well. Jolla also officially confirmed the Turing Robotics Industries partnership and Sailfish OS is already running fast on the Turing phone. Production for the Turing phone should begin in may and shipments are expected to be carried out in mid-June. The phone will run with a modified UI fancily named the Æmæth UI, which you may catch a glimpse on the image above. The photo seems to be old back when Turing phone was still running Android. The Jolla/Sailfish OS community at large and various news site have been very skeptical about the company with Steve Chao’s rapidly changing numbers, obscure details and shady background of the company, but recent developments show some promise. Intex Aqua Fish project is in its final phases and is set to enter the Indian market during the coming months. Intex’s end of April launch was missed and no new release date has been set at this time.

With these licensing deals plus the Fairphone and MiFone partnerships getting wind in their sails, Jolla has no need for their hardware business. Plans to split their operations into the hardware and software business have now officially been debunked by Antti Saarnio in the Digitoday article and all resources are now focused on further development and licensing of Sailfish OS. Sailfish OS is slowly gaining traction and interest towards the operating system is growing!

A new Sailfish OS developer and community program was also mentioned in the announcement. Not much was told about this program but Antti Saarnio said ”it includes a special device related treat for our fans”. Juhani Lassila also said in the Digitoday interview “The community has always been at the center of our operations and now we are making it more systematic”. What this mysterious community program will be we’ll find out in a few weeks. What do you think it will be? Share your thoughts on the comments below. All aboard the hype train!

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The best wireless speakers available /2016/03/the-best-wireless-speakers-available/ Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:04:30 +0000 /&p=8269 If you hate dangling wires around the home, get rid of them. Wireless speakers are no longer a thing of the future. In fact, there are dozens of top manufacturers making these systems today. If you want the best wireless speakers available, then you are going to want to add these items to the short […]]]>

If you hate dangling wires around the home, get rid of them. Wireless speakers are no longer a thing of the future. In fact, there are dozens of top manufacturers making these systems today. If you want the best wireless speakers available, then you are going to want to add these items to the short list to consider purchasing.

UE Boom 2 –
Fully waterproof, enhanced sound, 15 hour battery life, and you can pair it with a second speaker for stereo sound. Not too shabby for such a small item, which has seen vast improvement since the first model.

JB Pulse 2 –
Another second model in the series, comes from a well known manufacturer of speakers and headphones. Compact, splash proof, bluetooth, wi-fi, 10 hour battery life (or 5 hour if you turn on the show lights) are a few of the many great features these speakers offer owners. And they are quite small and compact, so you can take them around nearly anywhere for use.

Bose Sound Touch 10 –
Sure, a bit larger than other models out there, but who doesn’t know Bose as a leader in speakers and exceptional quality? It will cost a bit more than other models, but if you want superior sound, quality, build, and control features, look no further. Bluetooth and shortcut buttons, impressive sound control and quality, sharp bass, powerful speakers, and a simple design layout, means even individuals who aren’t familiar with new and the latest technologies can quickly and easily figure this system out in no time.

When it comes to eliminating wires from the home, your speakers might be the next device to upgrade. If this is the case and you want to buy the best wireless speakers available today, these are a few of the many options which you might want to consider investing in

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Jolla announced new partners /2016/02/jolla-announced-new-partners/ /2016/02/jolla-announced-new-partners/#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:13:08 +0000 /&p=8216 Jolla is focusing on BRICS countries, making deals with local content providers in order to offer a tailored user experience. Today’s press event showed the next step in this strategy, with the announce of mi-Fone embracing the Sailfish Africa alliance. mi-Fone is the first Africa-based mobile devices brand founded in 2008 by Alpesh Patel, former […]]]>

Jolla is focusing on BRICS countries, making deals with local content providers in order to offer a tailored user experience. Today’s press event showed the next step in this strategy, with the announce of mi-Fone embracing the Sailfish Africa alliance.

mi-Fone is the first Africa-based mobile devices brand founded in 2008 by Alpesh Patel, former Motorola employee; they aim to bring low-cost devices to African customers, enabling them to internet access and easier information broadcast.

The first mi-Fone device powered by Sailfish OS is expected to hit selected African markets in Q2/2016, combined with a service offering tailored for mass-market African consumers.

Antti Saarnio, Chairman of the Board of Jolla, said:

We, together with mi-Fone strongly believe that Africa needs its own mobile ecosystem where Sailfish OS can be a strong independent building block. mi-Fone as an African brand is a natural device partner for us. When we then integrate leading banks, e-commerce platforms and other services into Sailfish OS we can truly offer something meaningful for consumers.

Alpesh Patel, founder and CEO of mi-Fone commented:

We believe the real value for consumers comes from experiences. This is where Sailfish OS offers mi-Fone great opportunities to build differentiation and develop locally relevant offerings. We also believe that our African consumers will appreciate Sailfish OS’s focus on openness and privacy.

During the event also the Aqua Fish (which we took a look at last Monday) was announced, which is expected to be sold by April, 25th at around (as last rumors) 7000INR, coming with pre-loaded local premium content from Snapdeal e-commerce platform and Gaana music service.

Mr. Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Mobile Business Head at Intex Technologies, commented:

Intex has always brought innovative products in every hand, and has been recognized for its contribution in democratizing smartphones. Keeping with the tradition, we are the first mobile handset brand in the world to present a licensed Sailfish OS powered smart phone to the world and for the Indian consumers. Sailfish OS is a young mobile OS; a challenger with a lot of promise. We are confident that with launch of a completely new operating system in their smartphones, our customers otherwise spoil for choices will be delighted.

Last but not least, we have some news from Fairphone, the ethical smartphone which aims to deliver an user-repairable device. Both Jolla’s and Fairphone communities has been working since autumn 2015 to port Sailfish OS to the Fairphone 2 and now, given the high interested gained, this collaboration may take the next step.

In fact, Olivier Hebert, Chief Technology Officer at Fairphone, commented:

Making the Fairphone 2 hardware an open development platform has been one of our major ambitions from the start. This way, we can foster innovation into new mobile software technology and applications, while giving users the choice in the operating systems that they want to use. Sailfish OS is something that a large proportion of our community has been very interested in. We will continue supporting the community to port Sailfish OS to the Fairphone 2 and are excited to explore the opportunity of commercial collaboration with Jolla.

Currently, a survey on Fairphone’s Twitter page is going on, so we strongly suggest you to vote and make your voice to be heard!

Finally, we have a first hands-on of both the Intex and the Fairphone devices, brought to you by the always kind Pocketnow’s Michael Fisher:

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Intex Aqua Fish, A Mid-range Affordable Beast Running Sailfish OS /2016/02/intex-aqua-fish-a-mid-range-affordable-beast-running-sailfish-os/ /2016/02/intex-aqua-fish-a-mid-range-affordable-beast-running-sailfish-os/#comments Mon, 22 Feb 2016 18:32:33 +0000 /&p=8209 It is actually “Aqua [Space] Fish”, instead of Aquafish! Since Intex dubs their products Aqua Something! It’s their style. The Aqua Fish is following Jolla’s “traditional” design which was found on the Jolla smartphone. The phone sports a namely modest but practically beastly (according to my testings), Quadcore 1.3Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 (Don’t let the […]]]>

It is actually “Aqua [Space] Fish”, instead of Aquafish! Since Intex dubs their products Aqua Something! It’s their style.

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The Aqua Fish is following Jolla’s “traditional” design which was found on the Jolla smartphone.

The phone sports a namely modest but practically beastly (according to my testings), Quadcore 1.3Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 (Don’t let the 200-series name fool you. We’ll get to that in a moment!), 2GB od DDR3 RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 5″ HD IPS display panel with a resolution of 1280*720, a 2500mAh battery and Dual-SIM support, all packaged in a neat package of black and orange plastic.

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Now, the SoC… You have probably already lost interest by reading the magic “212” number and closed the page but if you’re still with me, I can assure that in my testings, it performed really well without an issue. It feels really fast even while running Android applications. I have not tested any heavy games on it but it should not be a big problem either.

The 2GB of RAM (Yes please) helps a lot with the multitasking issues that we faced on Jolla smartphone lately due to the RAM being 1GB, and that HD screen pops the colors like never before when compared to the Jolla Smartphone (Being the only official device out there running Sailfish OS at the moment).

The build quality isn’t final yet, but it’s not half bad either.

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As for the availability and pricing: The phone will be available in India at the moment, no further plans are yet announced to expand the availability into Europe, but the phone supports European bands so that is definitely good news.
Some unofficial sources are claiming that the device will be available on Snapdeal from May 2016 for around 146 USD. I have no idea how true/false that information is but I will update this space as I get more information. So do NOT count any of that as legit information until it is actually confirmed.

Looking at that price, I would say it is a pretty competitive choice for a phone like this. Especially for loyal Jolla Users (a little bit of pun intended) who are looking for a refresh. Even though it isn’t a flagship device, but it seems to be their strategy to get back into the market after Jolla’s difficult era of constant problems for a while.

I wish you all the best, Sailors.

 

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Early Access: The actual Sailfish OS 2.0 is here (And more) /2015/10/early-access-the-actual-sailfish-os-2-0-is-here-and-more/ /2015/10/early-access-the-actual-sailfish-os-2-0-is-here-and-more/#comments Sat, 24 Oct 2015 12:21:21 +0000 /&p=8192 How about a post after a while? I’d say yes. Well, after a long time not being able to post due to being busy with life, it’s not bad to write about some good news that has hit the world of Jolla! Have you heard about the FairPhone community working closely with Jolla community to […]]]>

How about a post after a while? I’d say yes.

Well, after a long time not being able to post due to being busy with life, it’s not bad to write about some good news that has hit the world of Jolla!

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Picture courtesy of FairPhone blog

Have you heard about the FairPhone community working closely with Jolla community to bring Sailfish OS 2.0 to the Fairphone 2?
If not, have a look at this link and get a sight of what is happening around the communities!

Other than that, Jolla has been working hard on their Sailfish OS and brought the 1.9.x.x to us last month but since the promise was a 2.0 version, they have worked harder on optimising and bringing all the features to us. So now all the Early Access people can easily download their version of Sailfish OS 2.0.x.xx and enjoy the experience!

Meanwhile I have the changelog for you readers as well, copied directly from Jolla’s official blog :

Highlights of Saimaa 2.0.0 Release:

  • Android Support: Several fixes to improve the initialization of some Android apps
  • Alarm clock: Alarms are working again even if the phone has been turned off (when the battery is not empty)
  • Ambiences: The Other Half (TOH) tones are freely selectable for any ambience after installation of TOH package
  • Browser: Memory savings in cases where display is turned off while playing a video clip with the browser
  • Clock: New cover design
  • Connectivity: WLAN network scanning improved
  • Email:
    – Exchange: Improved the reliability of email updating
    – Pulley menu in “Outbox” has now options “Send” or “Send all” instead of “Update”
  • Events view:
    – You can now pick your favorite settings shortcuts to be shown in the Events view of the Jolla phone
    – Perform your favorite actions directly from the Jolla phone’s Events view, e.g. search the web, take a photo, or add a reminder
    – Facebook notifications and recent Twitter tweets are back in Events
  • Gallery: Split view is collapsed when video playback starts, i.e. playback in full screen
  • Home: New system dialog style
  • HW adaptation & kernel:
    – Graphics performance of tablet improved
    – Touch recognition on tablet made to start faster
    – CPU governor tuned up for UI fluidity and power saving
  • Localisation: Improvements to the translations of several UI texts
  • Office: Possible to make searches in PDF documents
  • Phone:
    – USSD push messages are now shown, allowing the user of prepaid SIM’s to follow the costs, for instance
    – Fixed the issue of making calls to exceptionally long phone numbers
    – Dismissing call should now work more reliably
  • Settings: Stability and usability of the new Settings app improved
  • Security:
    – Android support: a media server vulnerability (Stagefright2 CVE-2015-3842) fixed
    – Stagefright vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-1538, CVE-2015-1539, CVE-2015-3824, CVE-2015-3826, CVE-2015-3827, CVE-2015-3828, CVE-2015-3829) fixed
  • UI elements: Sizes of objects (buttons, text fields, font sizes, etc.) and alignments refined in several places
  • Video:
    – Some glitches in the playback of recorded videos eliminated
    – Gstreamer: playing AIFF format fixed, support for playing OPUS format added
    – Gstreamer: a regression in RTSP stream playback fixed; makes Y-Radio (a harbour app) work again
    – 1080p video recording implemented for tablet
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