I decided to dedicate a post to each application coming out but the speed of developers was definitely faster than my lousy writing therefore I am writing one post with so many awesomeness inside! By awesomeness obviously I mean Sailfish Silica applications developed by the lovely community of ours.
Before I talk more, let’s cut it to the business!
Every phone needs a flashlight. Even those old Nokia 1100 had flash lights! It’s a must have on your phone especially if you live in northern Europe with dark winters!! Thankfully the flash light app was developed before the launch of the phone though wasn’t available in the store due to a small bug. Anyhow it got available, we’ve got to test it and the first few versions had their cover deactivated because of a camera bug (Apparently camera would crash) But Artem Marchenko, the developer of the Flash Light made some tweaks and tricks so the camera would not crash. Although the proper version with the working cover is in our hands and it works absolutely perfectly as it should. It’s so cool to do the turn on/off with a cover, at least to me and Artem! You can download the latest version from the embedded tweet below.
— AgileArtem (@AgileArtem) January 9, 2014
Note: This version (2.2) has been reportedly rejected from the store due to Sailfish camera bug, but as situation examined closer, we’ve got a result showing that the bug isn’t a big deal and can be fixed by Jolla easily. It’s just that you can’t run the camera and the flashlight app together at the same time, as the camera will ignore the shutter key. The easiest way round this bug is a sane error message from the camera simply warning the user to close the flashlight before opening the camera. Or something even better if Sailors come up with it 😉
There would remain some questions from you readers:
- What would you like to see in this app other than typical LED on/off system and SOS Morse code?
- What would make this app even better despite its original functionality?
- What would make you to open your Flashlight app for the second time or more?
- Tell us when or why would you like to use your Flashlight app? (This is for the purpose of understanding the user better)
Flow your ideas about what would make this app better in the comments section.
- Bear in mind that if you have the idea of “regulating the power level” it is technically impossible for now, UI for it is ready and will be enabled whenever regulating power level becomes possible. -Says Artem Marchenko.
2. Friends (Facebook Client)
I’m no designer. But in my eyes, this is a gorgeous application. It lacks feature but who cares about that when the eager developer is coming up with updates every now and then? Now the app is in a stage that actually doesn’t need that much of major improvements. It shows your profile, shows the photos, notifications, you can like/comment wherever you have access to, you have a perfectly normal news feed and more importantly it is a native Sailfish application which is at this stage only when the public version of Sailfish OS isn’t even 2 months old! So we can expect more and we can get more out of it!
You can get the application from >> Here << Look for the latest version of course.
You also can enter discussions to make this app work better. Talk about #Jolla2gether eh? 😉
— Lucien XU (@SfietKonstantin) January 9, 2014
Almost same sort of questions can be asked for this app;
- What would it need to become a better Facebook client? Estate the key things.
- Should Jolla allow the developer to fully integrate this into the operating system?
- Would we need chat and messages added or you thing the chat system of Sailfish OS is good enough?
Let us know in the comments section about what you think should be added or improved!
3. Tweetian (Twitter Client)
Heavily under development, great progress, one annoying bug!
Well that was the first impression after some time using the app. You see because Sailfish OS has this pulley menu feature, the devs has to act very clever in order to make their own scrolling somehow not to distract with the pulley menu action. It’s a fairly easy method. You can just hold your finger for half a second and activate the pulley menu, pull it down and release it at the desired place. But this tend to make bugs as far as I could understand from the appearance of Tweetian. Yet I have to admit, this app makes you throw away your Android Twitter client unless you have multiple accounts, the thing which I suffer from! What if multiple account sign in ability was added to Tweetian later? Big deal? No. 😉
Anyhow, you can get the application from >> Here << and note that it’s on dropbox because strangely it’s not in openrepos. So if any newer version was out and you were stuck with this it’s not my fault 😀 Keep looking occasionally for newer versions on Vesku’s Twitter
- Would you like to see multiple accounts ability added to Tweetian?
- What great feature comes in mind that this app misses it?
- Will it fill the need of a native Twitter app and should it be allowed to be integrated into the system?
As usual, let us know in the comment section about your thoughts!
We have reviewed this application before but since then it got updated with more features. Now it has tens of different translations such as Finnish, Swedish, Chinese and etc. And recently one of the mysteries has been partially solved by one of the developers;
— Janne Edelman (@JanneEdelman) January 10, 2014
So thankfully as we go along a lot of new things are being found that how they actually going to be done. Though many are still waiting for some direct instructions from Jolla as an official provider to the community. I know they won’t let us down. As a matter of fact it was once said by Jaakko Roppola that “It’s the lack of time, not understanding” So we’ll give them more time as we saw their magic before, so we trust them too.
Back to Mitäkuuluu, I think this app is pretty much done! Seems like Jolla engineers are in love with it as well, aren’t they?
— Jarko Vihriala (@jake9xx) December 31, 2013
There will be no questions left for this app because it’s getting enough feedback directed to the developer, also there are only minor stuff left to be done other than the emoticon (Emoji) keyboard.
The last but not least, we arrive at the warehouse! This application is basically your secondary store allowing you to download various amount of beta or completed applications from different repositories. This application will allow you to easily add any needed repository to your phone and install any desired application. It can update your applications as well as uninstalling them. It is connected to openrepos.net and basically anything you see there is immediately transferred in warehouse so you don’t need to check openrepos every five minutes for updates of new applications.
The amount of apps being added are high enough to make people satisfied while using warehouse.
Note: Warehouse itself is under active development and it is considered as beta.
You can download Warehouse from >> Here << and simply install it on your phone as you install normal RPM packages. Don’t forget to enable repositories of each app before installing them from Warehouse.
At the end I would like to gather your attention to an interesting concept from our old friend Yves Peuron whom contributed in creating great “The Other Half” concepts and now he came up with the idea of a “Transparent OtherHalf” which can be cool considering Jolla phone is beautifully designed even with the back cover off.
— YP (@YvesPE) January 4, 2014
Hope you have enjoyed and found my post useful.