[Suggestion]: Release Paid Beta of Sailfish OS (without android) for Sony Xperia X

asked 2017-08-11 19:35:39 +0300

sifartech gravatar image

updated 2017-08-12 16:51:51 +0300

As per the Jolla Blog, Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X is nearly ready, and it is the Android support that is delaying the project. I get how important Android support is for Jolla. (But some, like me, don't care about it much.)

I suggest that Jolla release a fully functional version of Sailfish OS (without android support) for Sony Xperia X in a month or so (if possible). Not a free version, but for whatever amount you are planning to charge for it originally. (With the promise of free updates, ofcourse).

Call it Sailfish OS (Beta) / Sailfish OS (Early supporters release) for Sony Xperia X or something like that, while highlighting that it doesn't yet have Android support and it will be released in a future update / final release.

Benefits:

  • Jolla actually delivers something to its enthusiastic supporters on time (or nearabout so :).
  • Jolla gets some publicity.
  • Jolla makes some money.
  • Jolla gets more data to improve Sailfish OS on the SXX.
  • Jolla gets even more publicity when they release the next version with Android support.

That way, you can realistically target the christmas shopping season to release the OS with android support ...

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Comments

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Of course it's not android support the reason of delay. Rom will be released when stable.

coderus ( 2017-08-11 20:47:05 +0300 )edit
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i agree @sifartech a wider testing pool will provide better and more comprehensive feedback on software stability and robustness.

In software development there can never be enough testing and users will do it for free! so why shouldnt Jolla use more enthuisiastic free labour? Also Jolla could implement function to automatically send crashing and panic logs to Jolla as part of beta testing agreement, which basically is what Apple has been doing successfully for a while now.

DarkTuring ( 2017-08-11 21:51:20 +0300 )edit
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@coderus The Jolla blog states - "There are some clear development areas that still need work, and challenges, the biggest of them being the support for Android apps." My suggestion is that if a particular feature is delaying the release, then post-pone that feature for a future release. It also makes sense to first release a pure Sailfish only version, and then add more modules to it.

sifartech ( 2017-08-11 23:42:08 +0300 )edit
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Absolutely, I have already asked for this on the blog. I have never used and will never use any Android app. I hate Google and Android with unbridled fervor. I want a clean Sailfish OS that is not infected by Alien Dalvik!

bocephus ( 2017-08-12 00:16:56 +0300 )edit
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Yes. i would also pay for an alpha-state Sailfish Image for Xperia X

ExPLIT ( 2017-08-12 02:03:09 +0300 )edit