Jolla: Sailfish OS 4.1 startet Android-10-Apps

The Finnish company Jolla has released version 4.1 of its mobile operating system Sailfish OS under the code name “Kvarken”. In addition to many detail improvements, Jolla includes the Sony Xperia 10 II as an officially supported smartphone for Sailfish. For this, the developers have converted the entire Sailfish OS to 64-bit architecture.

Jolla has updated the compatibility layer to the level of Android 10.

With Sailfish OS 4.1, Android support has been updated to version 10, as Jolla had already announced when version 4.0 was released. This includes the long-awaited access to contacts for the Signal messenger. Jolla has fixed installation problems with the Aptoide-based Android app store. For the first time, 64-bit Android apps are also supported, but only in the Xperia 10 II version of Sailfish OS. The screen rotation for Android apps now follows the global setting in Sailfish OS and thus fixes problems with misaligned apps. In addition, Sailfish shows via a notification whether the manual installation of an Android APK was successful or not.

Jolla has added the mid-range smartphone Sony Xperia 10 II from last year to its Sailfish X range. Devices that receive full Sailfish OS support from Jolla are listed here. In addition to a free trial version, this also includes a paid version that contains the compatibility layer for Android apps and is equipped with text prediction and a connection to Microsoft Exchange.

Additional search engines can now be added more easily in the browser.

In the current implementation of Sailfish 4.1 there are still some restrictions, such as the lack of support for switching the three camera modules on the back of the Xperia 10 II in the preinstalled camera app. You can only switch between the modules in the “Advanced Camera App” developed by the community.

With the support of the Xperia 10 II, Jolla is also switching to a full 64-bit architecture on ARM systems for the first time. Previous devices last had a 64-bit Linux kernel, but apps and libraries were only available as 32-bit versions. The full 64-bit architecture promises more speed, especially for apps that require a lot of memory. With the previously supported models such as the Xperia XA2, Jolla continues to rely on mixed operation.

With a swiping gesture you activate the scientific mode of the calculator app even in portrait format.

Jolla has also improved some details in the web browser, such as the easy subsequent installation of additional search engines. To do this, the browser uses the OpenSearch implementation that most search sites offer. You can also switch between the mobile and desktop pages in the settings. This can be useful if mobile pages are displayed incorrectly or do not display all functions.

The calculator can now perform scientific operations in portrait mode. All you have to do is swipe up over the number pad once. Screenshot notifications now include a small preview of the photo, so you don’t always have to open the image to get an impression.

As a replacement for the discontinuation of the Mozilla localization services, Jolla now offers offline packages for faster GPS acquisition. These packages can be downloaded from the Jolla Store for various continents. With the packages, the location is recorded much faster and more reliably and, above all, without online inquiries.


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