Sailfish OS: 2nd Full Update

We were tipped earlier by Rated on our community port that a new Saifish OS is in the works and appears to already be rolling out.

The information was released on the new Jolla site:

The full release details of the update are listed below:

What’s new

  • Google calendar sync to your Jolla (one way)
  • Camera support in Android apps
  • Updating/uninstalling apps from Yandex store
  • Camera now supports all 4 orientations
  • Advanced recovery mode [details]
  • Ability to accept any server certificates during Exchange ActiveSync account setup

Fetch the update

If your Jolla is connected to WLAN network, an OS update notification should pop up shortly. If you just can’t wait, you can manually trigger an OS update check as follows:

  • Open Settings app
  • Go to System Settings -> About Product
  • Pull down the pulley menu and select ‘Check for update’
  • Once an OS update notification is received, tap on it and follow the instructions.

Highlights of improvements


  • Improvements in exposure time and auto focus in low light conditions
  • Improved switching from rear to front camera


  • Connection switcher in Settings no longer sticks even when the network is not fully registered
  • Static IP settings bug fixed
  • Access point selection steps can be reversed without causing an issue.
  • Retries are now possible if you input a wrong WLAN password

Home / Events / Notifications

  • Only important notifications (missed call, chat, messages, mails) are shown on Lock screen, all notifications are visible in Events
  • Facebook and Twitter notifications no longer have LED indicators
  • Disabling Facebook/Twitter feeds now removes them from Events
  • Better support for high flow of tweets
  • Twitter feeds now show the real name of the user
  • Notification clearing improved
  • Updates no longer re-appear after reboot
  • USB mode selection is no longer shown when device is locked/suspended
  • Fixes an issue where Home displayed as a long scrollable list
  • Entering incorrect code on device lock screen now has haptic feedback


  • Improvements in jolla account creation steps


  • Call volume can now be adjusted before outgoing call is answered
  • Phone call UI does not show Bluetooth indicator when connected to a device that does not support phone call audio
  • Previous caller’s avatar no longer flickers before the current caller’s avatar is displayed
  • When powering up the device now registers directly to 3G instead of first registering to 2G and then switching to 3G


  • Messages application keeps the active page and message text when re-activated from Launcher
  • Message notifications now remain cleared and group correctly after rebooting
  • Modifying contacts now shows available message conversation options immediately
  • Imported contacts with unknown IM accounts no longer appear as apparently usable messaging options
  • Multiple recipients can now be picked from favorites
  • Words with a dot in the middle are no longer recognized as a URL when entering the message


  • Phone numbers with dialling card prefixes are no longer merged with their un-prefixed versions
  • Fixed confusing behaviour while editing contacts that have only nickname
  • Search results in People are now correctly highlighted


  • Uninstalling the app cancels outstanding alarms
  • Clock now shows the correct time in alarm list and cover for all timezones


  • OBEX push requests from trusted devices are now automatically accepted
  • A more informative progress bar is shown during BT discovery


  • Minor UI fixes and performance improvements
  • WebGL performance improved significantly
  • Fixes an issue where browser stopped to open links

Store client

  • System update check is only done over a WLAN connection
  • Connection dialog and status indication no longer suggest that a check is in progress without a connection
  • Speed up app installation process


  • Time display in Settings now respects the selected time zone
  • UTC offset shown now takes DST into account
  • Developer mode: Fingerterm default settings are more user friendly
  • USB default mode of “Always ask” is respected even after unlocking the device


  • Improves support for accounts where service username is different from email address
  • Improves standard folders handling
  • Fixes an issue in the communication with SMTP servers that don’t require authentication
  • Fixes an issue related to email sending for some servers using ecrypted password(CRAM-MD5) for authentication
  • Fixes an issue in attachments handling in POP3 accounts
  • Fixes an issue in email deleting in POP3 accounts
  • Fixes an issue related to email signature handling in draft emails
  • Fixes an issue in the unread email count for local only folders
  • Fixes an issue that prevents long email subjects to be shown in the email info view
  • Fixes an issue related to opening a html email via notification
  • Fixes an issue realated to replying to html only emails

Exchange ActiveSync

  • Improved error reporting when an account can’t be configured


  • Opening a document from a mail attachment works even if another document is being viewed.
  • Documents from transfer UI can now be opened with Office app


  • Start time of the first calendar appointment now displays correctly
  • Calendar alarms are now visible in silent mode
  • Some situations causing a crash or hang are now fixed

Android runtime

  • Audio and video are now in sync when watching videos in Netflix or other video applications
  • Fixed issue where remote keyboard stops occasionally
  • Location status is now checked before attempting to search for GPS
  • Fixed issue where typed characters appended to an underlined word in predictive keyboard
  • Applications using audio integrate better with native SailfishOS apps
  • Network state detection improvements
  • Application pause/resume improvements

Recovery mode

If a factory reset cannot be performed or if the device has booting issues,

  • Unplug USB cable and turn off device
  • Press volume down and power on the device
  • Plug in USB cable and using USB networking telnet to or and follow the instructions

Note: it is still possible to break the Recovery mode in developer mode.

Known issue

Some of the android apps are still unable to connect to mobile data network if the SIM PIN code is entered after a measurable delay on boot up. This is due to the incorrect 3G connectivity detection API used by them. There are 2 ways out of this situation:

  1. Reboot the device and enter the PIN code promptly when asked OR
  2. Restart android runtime service as follows from the Terminal app (requires developer mode enabled )
[nemo@localhost ~]$ devel-su 
[root@localhost nemo]# systemctl stop aliendalvik.service
[root@localhost nemo]# systemctl start aliendalvik.service


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  1. I have the same issue with upgraing the device. Did also factoryreset the phone, but it does still not download the updte.

  2. Why no landscape mode on the browser? That’s basic functionality…
    Does the next update have a official NFC-bug -solution?

    • I’ve been enjoying the native browser in portrait mode for enjoying reading mobile optimized sites and moving to an android browser (eg. firefox/opera) for having landscape/portrait mode. It’s not like there are no other options. ;-)

      But I get your point all the same…

  3. Now the upgrading is working (I also did a factory reset earlier because of the message with the error on package manager while updating a program).

  4. Installed fine first go just before I head off on a 12 hour drive! Is there any advice on how to access the SD card with an Android app such as VLC? It can see the internal storage but will not view anything under the /run/user/100000/ folder. (I can access the SD card with the file manager noted by the online guide) Some definitive view on file management development/intent as far as paths to and visibility of SD card would be helpful. (Of course the Jolla apps see the SD storage fine)

  5. I’ve just updated and installing as I type… will report back if there are any problems etc but so far so good. ;-)

  6. Hey, Cannot download update. Did a reboot and niw Jolla store crashes. Update won’t initiate either. Any help? Hope not a reset. That woukd be my fourth with Jolla.

  7. With this update, Jolla locked the boot loader and made it impossible to boot custom kernels or unlock the boot loader.

    Very disappointing behaviour by Jolla especially after all the publicly stated claims to support FOSS principles.

    If you cannot have full and unfettered access to hardware that you have purchased you may as well throw it into the sea.

    Locking the boot loader means it is harder to ensure that NSA, GCHQ or other snoopers are kept out of your system. Makes me wonder if there was any pressure applied to the Jolla team from interested parties like the Chinese to lock down these phones for the purposes of state control of users.

    Just so glad I read this before updating my phone. Unless this policy is reversed then this will be the fastest self obsoleting piece of hardware I have ever purchased


  8. Does anyone had problems with audio playback from Android softwares (for eg. Spotify) after the update? I didn’tget any audio output after the update

  9. I’m already considering returning my phone as I have big big troubles importing the contacts (why not include an import all vcf contacts?) and the import doesn’t mention which contacts caused errors.

    400€ buys me a good android phone, Jolla has potential but what we are using now is an Alpha OS, this is not beta at all.
    There’s no USB host functionality (absurd for a phone of that price) and the phone does mount as USB drive only on windows 7, it does not mount on my linux installation and on my windows xp laptop. these are major issues for a device.

    I also haven’t been able to easily change the screen background.. I’ll have to read the docs or google it.

    No multiple presaved profiles like symbian, not effective contact management, I found 3 bugs so far and I don’t know how to report them.

  10. After several atempts I am now able to download the update, but when I hit install it goes to the black splash screen with Sailfish logo and a progress bar. The Progress bar is not moving at all (completely grayed out) and after a few minutes the phone reboots. Eventually when I check the update is not applied at all and I have to do the download all over again… (?)

    As a fellow Linux-user I would love to run these update all in the FingerTerm-terminal!

  11. OK, so after the first post stating the update worked fine, now I don’t know. I still get a repeated notification that the update is available in the notifications pane, it will not go. Try to run the update again, says it is installed. Still tells me that it is available in notifications though.

    So, after discovering there is no TV out facility when I took the ‘multi-function’ device on holiday I thus reverted to the good old trusty N9. Reading about the boot loader just adds to the concern about this Finnish company that seems to now be visibly oriental facing.

    Thought also worth mentioning that now the phone won’t see the SD card even with native Jolla apps so is absolutely pointless as even using the other route by trying to open just an MP3 file through the file explorer fails to function.

    Surely mounting a drive is a basic linux function?

    Jolla would have been better off spending no time developing ‘The other half’ and more time developing the core functions that all of your long time supporters thought would have been seen as the ‘must haves’ for release date.

    We know you’re going to get the grief from people that expected a fully loaded Android/IOS/Mokia competitor and don’t know better. Others of us that expected the transparency and actual involvement in helping Jolla to make this work are left wondering where the techs have gone and what their priorities are?

    Wonder how much the Chinese/Russian influences are taking effect so we now have the choice of Mokia/HTC/Apple NSA coded devices or Jolla FSB/MSS coded devices?

    Is so sad as the principles are very well founded and the support is(was?) there for Jolla all over the world. The release and implementation is showing the lack of maturity of the organisation and more worryingly the perceived controls from outside organisations.

    I’m not giving up yet. I’ll be expecting to see some major press releases soon to explain a roadmap for application and core functionality support that gives dates (even if hopeful and not met) people can look to and thus set expectations. The longer you leave speculation to run wildly, the worse your rep will become.

    When was the last update on Jolla website or Jolla Tides? Both front pages haven’t changed in the past two weeks and I’m not going to chase around Facebook and Twitter to find updates. If you’ve got time to write to those, you obviously need to redirect employee funding to tech and not twatterers..

  12. Had my “the first one” repaired because it failed to connect for instance to jolla shop. After repair every call connects to alarm center 112 whatever number I try to call. After six tries i did not dare to try anymore. Has anybody had any luck calling for instance to his wife with jolla?

    • @Lauri Malk

      I use the phone all the time and can say that the reception/network connection is among the best smartphones I’ve used (and I’ve tried most major OS’s now). For example, many phones I used would struggle to even get a bar at home and drop calls all the time… but my Jolla is really great – no dropped calls and great reception certainly for 2G/3G.

      You’ll need to contact after you’ve at least tried some basic troubleshooting ie. take sim card out polish contacts etc. Could it be you have an old sim card that needs replacing?