If you have Sailfish OS on your Jolla device then you’re good, no need to bother!
But since some people don’t have access to Jolla devices and do want to test Sailfish OS to see how it performs on their Android devices and also since we always get frequent updates for [esp] Nexus 4 devices (Because the focus is to make that one work properly for now, which is partly achieved) I thought of writing a short message for the people who are testing / willing to test it on their phones.
— Mariano (@marianoflotron) June 23, 2014
Why jolla released this variant of Sailfish for nexus 4?
As described by Sailors themselves, Jolla is trying to enter the market more and more by introducing their brand new operating system to the world by allowing them to install it on their phones.
Now, not everyone has a Nexus 4 or or a Nexus 5 to test the OS out. So what Jolla is working on at the moment is something called “Hardware Adaptation Development Kit” or HADK which allows developers to port Sailfish OS to almost any Android device in the simplest way possible without too much fiddling with codes and files.
But, for now, Jolla is testing out Sailfish OS on Google Nexus 4 as an open hardware which is the second to last Nexus device (For obvious reasons) and they are asking the community for help.
Jolla has not released this variant for people’s daily use. In fact it is for you and me to see what is going on, what are the problems and help Jolla out by reporting bugs or helping the community to fix the issues or even fixing some issues by ourselves if the ability of coding or debugging exists!
How shall we use this opportunity?
For those of us whom are consumers only, this is not recommended at all at this stage because there are things that don’t simply work yet with Sailfish OS on Android devices. Camera for instance. So there will be complains and complains no matter how much we say “This is work in progress” and see the reply being: “How much more do we have to wait?”
So from this we understand that this opportunity is for 2 types of people:
- Those who want to see and feel how Sailfish OS performs (And then back to Android where everything works)
- Those who have the nexus as their spare phone and know their way round some codes or are familiar with reporting bugs, even providing solutions.
If you’re among the first group, your goal is simple to achieve! Just Click here and do it!
However; if you’re among the latter group, please kindly go ahead and take your Nexus 4 out, install the latest Sailfish version on it and start helping out the community.
There definitely are several benefits to this!
- Helps the community grow
- Helps Sailfish OS to get the official port sooner than expected
- Helps the community to get closer together and shows the matter of DIT (Do It Together) at it’s best.
- Helps you and many other people to enjoy Sailfish OS at it’s limits on powerful devices
- When HADK gets released, there will be less bugs in general to deal with! Which is better for you!
So the benefits will be there for you, Jolla, other users and the community in general.
Image courtesy: Mariano Flotron