Sailfish OS receives summer Björnträsket update – What’s new?

Sailfish OS is a little used OS in the world but it is very open and that’s why I like to keep an eye on it. Today, Jolla announced the latest update for the Sailfish platform which comes with improvements for installed Android apps and improvements to Bluetooth keyboard support.

“The Sailfish OS summer update Björnträsket is now available for all Jolla and Sailfish OS users!” Reads the announcement.

Here are the main new features in this release:

  • Accounts: UI option added in CardDAV account setup to allow setting the address book path directly during account creation.
  • Android support: – Application specific settings for all installed Android apps in Settings > Apps, which allow for stopping of an app, clearing the cache and clearing all app data. There’s also an option for letting the background services of an Android app start when turning the phone on. – Having the option to run Android applications on background enables receiving notifications for Android messaging apps even when the app is closed. – Option to start and stop all Android apps easily and to allow Android apps to access your contacts on the phone in Settings > System > Android support.
  • Email: Emails with calendar invitations are displayed with a calendar icon, and upon opening them, the calendar app will offer to import the events to users’s calendar.
  • Keyboard: Possibility to choose different keyboard layouts for Bluetooth keyboards if paired with one for different languages via Settings > System > Text input > Active layout.
  • OS Updates: Before downloading this update, your device will first check the filesystem for problems and fix them if necessary. For this to succeed there has to be a fair amount of empty inventory space.
  • Development: New gcc 4.8 based tool chain is used on Sailfish OS platform from this release onwards, bringing C++11, among other things.

Users will also see better WLAN connection handling for Android apps, better hands-free Profile implementation, and an update to PulseAudio moving it to 6.0.

Björnträsket is going to be the last release until Jolla unleash Sailfish OS 2.0 which will include a highly anticipated user interface redesign.