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[] Any reason for not updating Alien Dalvik on Jolla Tablet? [released]

asked 2017-08-02 13:48:19 +0300

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updated 2017-08-06 22:11:25 +0300

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With the release of SailfishOS 2.1.1 the Alien Dalvik implementation for the Jolla C has seen a lot of updates (v 1.0.63) while the version offered for the Jolla Tablet is still at version 1.0.29.

Is there any specific reason for not updating it? The Alien Dalvik implementation for both the Jolla C and the Jolla Tablet are based on Android 4.4 and with the upcoming release of the Youyota tablet the x86 build of SailfishOS is far from dead.

UPDATE: Please keep it on-topic. I don't need speculations from outsiders. As stated both the Jolla C's and the Tablets Alien Dalvik implementation is based on same Android version so supporting the tablet shouldn't be such big a deal. Waiting for feedback from Jolla devs :)

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The question has been closed for the following reason "released in a software update" by Louis
close date 2019-04-25 22:22:46.587922



Priorities. Update and concentrate on stuff the majority uses.

leszek ( 2017-08-02 19:17:15 +0300 )edit

sunk costs, developing SFOS for tablet was a mistake and almost caused the company to go belly up, i think once SFOS is supported on smart phones with larger screens, and as licencing forces adaptations with multiple screen sizes, and Jolla gets better at accomodating the different scales, tablet/non-tablet SFOs should really end up being the same OS, same updates, just a few added UI capabilities in the SDK for developers to take advantake of: say split screen, additional sliding menues left right within apps, accordion style menues left right, things that just domt make sense on a small screen.

DarkTuring ( 2017-08-02 22:10:53 +0300 )edit

@DarkTuring: there is no difference between Sailfish OS on a tablet or on a phone, it's exactly the same thing. Stop spreading this misinformation.

nthn ( 2017-08-02 22:33:34 +0300 )edit

I would say that the same question is true for the original Jolla phone and not only the Tablet. I would love to see the Alien Dalvik update there too. But the release notes suggest that it isn't updated there.

c-mauderer ( 2017-08-03 18:52:28 +0300 )edit

@c-mauderer, see this thread:

Google is not updating AOSP < 4.4 any more.

Hence there are no fresh upstream fixes to apply to the AOSP 4.1.2 based AlienDalvik for the Jolla 1 phone (unfortunately).

(The AlienDalvik on Jolla Tablet and Jolla C is based on AOSP 4.4.)

olf ( 2017-08-03 20:40:25 +0300 )edit

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answered 2019-04-25 22:22:33 +0300

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The Alien Dalvik on the Jolla Tablet was updated to the final 4.4 version:

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Too bad it still can't run recent versions of Firefox or Opera or example, making it much less usable than the older AD version on the Jolla 1, which still runs fine with those browsers.

adekker ( 2019-04-26 00:30:42 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-08-03 17:39:21 +0300

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I think it´s for licencing reasons, because Alien Dalvik is a 3rd party application ;-)

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