We've been testing pushing early updates to a small group of opt-in users for update9 and the connectivity hotfix. This went well so we're going one step further and making each software update available for opt in approximately one week before releasing it. We mainly expect this to be useful for developers and technically minded users who can handle potential problems (eg if you don't know how to do a backup and a restore then it may not be for you)
We hope this is a step towards more community integration into our release process. This helps us to improve quality by identifying critical issues which only show up in certain environments or device setups before rolling the update out to the larger crowd. As an added bonus it provides a window for developers to test their applications on new releases.
In the long term it should help us to establish a developer program with early release candidate access for registered developers, and to have more community involvement in platform development.
The first detail we're hoping to learn from this is how can we gather feedback from a large audience in a reasonable way.
Details about the early access update in short:
- The early release access is meant primarily for advanced users, and/or developers
- To sign up for the program there is a checkbox in the Jolla accounts profile page
- Sign up is required only once, it's then valid for all later releases
- If you choose to opt out from the early access program just uncheck the box in the account profile page
- After that you will not receive future early access releases. Note that any installed early-access release will not be downgraded
- The only way to downgrade from early access releases is to do a factory reset after removing the sign up check from your account profile
- Early access releases should be considered "stable". Issues found during that period will either be fixed, or added to "known issues" on the release notes
- Signing up for the early access releases will not void warranty