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Disapointed about solving feature requests

asked 2014-03-31 23:51:24 +0300

SaimenSays gravatar image

Hi folks,

there are so many feature requests here. But unfortunatelly it seems to me, that very very few of the here discussed questions are solved as we want. Please give me feedback if I'm completely wrong? I think we are writing us fingers bloody, but our needs wont be solved as we want it? Life the developers in there own world or can they please tell us when they will fix which topic?

In changelist of many things are pointed. But of course many litte essential things are not solved after all. They call it v1.0, so all basic functionality should work out of the box! Other operating systems are handling the folowing examples, so if sailfish will be a real alternative these have to be fixed fast!

There are many examples for essential but unhandled feature requests:

And many more :(

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You forgot to mention no support for paid applications, as THE ONLY smartphone platform in this solar system

my-jolla ( 2014-04-01 03:34:53 +0300 )edit

Who is to define "basic functionality" ? What set of functionality is "enough" for 400€ ? For everything above "basic functionality" would you be willing to pay extra ?

Upp15 ( 2014-04-01 12:50:57 +0300 )edit

Competition defines "basic functionality". Things you can do with eg. 100 € Android device or Lumia at the same price are good benchmarks.

Vesa ( 2014-04-01 13:28:14 +0300 )edit

but you've got two new TOHs and new wallpapers and ringtones.

cropas ( 2014-04-01 13:37:04 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-04-01 03:41:02 +0300

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Software development is a slow and meticulous task. It takes much, much longer to get software to do a thing than it takes to ask for the thing. So when people here are asking for things, typing so fast that they get their "fingers bloody", they very quickly ask for much more than the developers can deliver in the same time. Now add on top of that: There are many more people asking for things than there are developers!

Don't stop asking for things, perhaps the thing you like is just the thing everyone else realizes they need too! But don't expect more than even a small fraction of everything we ask for to get implemented in any foreseeably near future!

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Maybe share a public roadmap or a todo list in descending importance, then tell it is added to it. When an update comes, do it following the list, so people can see if its there or have to wait for next update (but not forever)

Macilaci457 ( 2014-04-01 10:25:19 +0300 )edit

Some fixes are easier than others though so they are not always going to be fixed in priority order. Transparency also requires a great deal of manpower, much more than you would think, if someone is spending all their time reporting progress they aren't coding. With limited manpower something always has to give. Asking for things is fine, getting upset when they don't come straight away seems unreasonable to me.

stevexley ( 2014-04-01 11:27:49 +0300 )edit

FWIW, CalDav works, you just have to install it manually and live without the UI, or report whatever doesn't work as it is still work in progress. Having said this, a lot of things can be done by the community. I'd personally like to see more requests to Jolla about opening this or that API (e.g., lock screen, events screen, maps).

gabriel ( 2014-04-01 11:41:10 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-04-01 13:18:56 +0300

jollamate gravatar image

I'm wondering if porting to other smartphones takes too much developer capacities away. A "small" team that, besides developing its OS, port it to other hardware with a whole bunch of new problems, incompatibilities, etc. I understand that Jolla must broaden the number of installed OS. I personally don't want that the development of the core system (Jolla/Sailfish) is slowed or that some functionalities on some other hardware (Nexus, ...) might be implemented earlier due to more user/developers for them.

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quoting a friend who changed his mind from buying a jolla phone: 'why bet 400+ euros on a beta stuff. i'll get a nexus, try Sailfish on it'

User ( 2014-04-01 13:41:06 +0300 )edit

I quite regret not doing the same.. port to Android is making mee feel dumb to invest in open source technology

c.la ( 2014-04-01 14:45:30 +0300 )edit

Anz: I guess the flaw in your friend's argument is that you don't "bet" when you buy things such as smartphones... it is a tool that you use for whatever, and it costs more or less depending on what you want. For instance, the Nexus 4 or 5 have as good reception as the Jolla does. Is reception paramount for you? Then a Jolla is a better choice than the Nexus, regardless of OS. It is nice, that you can run Sailfish on both, albeit you get more on your Jolla (e.g., Android compatibility layer).

gabriel ( 2014-04-01 16:31:19 +0300 )edit

And without purchased Jolla devices there wouldn't be possibility to test Sailfish on Android device.

hzb ( 2014-04-01 22:35:48 +0300 )edit

I agree. Dear Developers, please pay more attention solving problems of Jolla purchaseres, instead of porting to many different platforms!

SaimenSays ( 2014-04-02 00:16:43 +0300 )edit
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