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06/02/2019

The February bulletin: Android 8 support, the Chinese New Year, and more.

Support for Android 8: goodbye Alien Dalvik!

February has arrived and together the long-awaited Android 8 support, released by Jolla for the Xperia XA2.
The update came sooner than expected and beta inversion.

The Finnish startup preferred an early release in perfect lean style, perhaps seeing the licensing situation calming down a little too much after December, with everyone waiting for the arrival of the new, awaited Android support.
(Also, we in the Jolla-Device have noticed a certain immobility on the XA2 market: the Aigo Tablets have sold more regularly).

original post XA2 android 8

In comments to this official post we noticed more negative sentiment than expected, with different users of Xperia X which asked for Android 8 layer.
Let’s note that Android 8 layer on Xperia X has never been taken for granted, but only outlined as a future possibility, time permitting.

In addition Sailfish X (which it is lifetime-enduring, per-device and per-account) does not mention any Android 8, but only Alien Dalvik.
So for those who want to have a Sailfish OS device that uses the Android app 8, they will have to upgrade the hardware by switching to one of the XA2. 

Unfortunately, the Sailfish X users who just one year ago they bought a license, they are now outside from this “big leap forward”, just like those who bought a Jolla Phone in 2014, for example.

It’s not said that Jolla will never offer a solution for X users, with a discount for “upgraders”: it could be the €29 price lasting after the beta.
This possibility has been mentioned in a previous official post… (Crossing fingers)

the promised discount...

 

Kaios, another emerging OS

From the beginning of the year another operating system is starting to become popular: Kaios, which claims itself as “the emerging OS”.

What is Kaios?

Following Wikipedia, “KaiOS is a web-based mobile operating system that is based on Linux kernel that “merges the power of a smartphone with the affordability of a feature phone”.It is forked from B2G (Boot to Gecko), an open source community-driven successor of Firefox OSwhich was discontinued by Mozilla in 2016…”

This new OS is openly pointing to the feature phone market, and although it only started in 2018, it has Google among its lenders. This helps to explain the following tweets:

nokia n9 kaios rumors

Do you remember the image of the Nokia N9 displayed along with other Kaios features phone, in January?
It sparked a hype blaze about a possible version with Kaios on board (one sample tweet below).

The rumor, however, has not yet been confirmed and many doubts remain (according to J-D) on why to replace a Meego 1.2  – ok, obsolete because of no updates  but well integrated with the industrial design of the object -.

The question is:
What would be the user experience with Kaios, which has been reported as slow in some tweets?
Also, does the Nokia n9 deserve to become a feature phone?

 

The Chinese New Year stop the arrival of Aigo Tablet

via GIPHY

Yes, you read well. All the Aigo shipments are hold until February 13th.
That’s is a party! 🙂

This gap, however, will give Jolla-Devices time to finally organise a new March round, with a new purchase option: the reservation.
After that the Purchase group via Paypal Money Box did not worked in November, there were some sales of individual devices, such as articles in STORE.

In order to bring more tablets to Europe and being able to offer them at a lower price, the booking purchase is the best option.

So, a new Aigo Tablet item will appear later in STORE, labeled as pre-order and at a lowered price.

 

 

 

A new MI unofficial devices on the horizon?

The Aigo Tablet, stock version, mounts the so-called MI UI (on top of Android 4.4.). One singular tweet talks about a port of Sailfish for MI3 and MI4. In the following times we will investigate by visiting the new, flaming MI store in Oriocenter, near the BGY Milano Airport.

In any case, remember that Sailfish OS outside of the devices not officially supported does not have any assistance, may present several bugs and generally does not have Android support.

Jolla Devices Staff

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