[SailfishDevel] Jolla release plan for high-level features - update 9

Soumya Bijjal soumya.bijjal at jollamobile.com
Tue Aug 19 15:10:22 UTC 2014

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 

  * Copy unsaved numbers from call log 

  * Kazakh keyboard layout

  * Finer control to enable/disable AGPS assistance for obtaining 
location fix

  * Automatically save draft emails on page exit 

  * 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 

  * 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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