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Sailfish OS 4.2.0 released, named Verla, is the third release this year. The name comes from the Verla factory museum and its surrounding areas, a part of the paper industry, and a world heritage site in Finland.
The latest release comes with some exciting features such as a new sharing system, camera updates, and more.
New Sharing System
The Sailfish OS 4.2.0 release features a new sharing system, now allows you to share third-party apps which was not possible in the earlier versions. Now Sailfish uses a system pop-up for handling the sharing method selection and the following details. This enables them to cut down on permissions from their applications and make them more secure.
This has helped to cut down on a lot of the permissions from our applications and thus made them more secure. For instance, if you are sharing a note from a Notes app via email, you no longer require embedding an email composer in the app. You don’t need to allow access to all the email and account-related bits, etc.
This feature will be a handy tool for third-party developers as they will be able to allow the sharing system for others to use too without requiring access to any privileged functionality.
Sticky App Grid
The Sticky App Grid will make it easy to launch the top items, now you can drag the launcher grid upwards a bit and then just leave it there.Camera Updates
Additional support for switching between the different zoom level back cameras with buttons near the capture key. There is also experimentation done with various exposure modes such as sports mode and HDR. Though the UI for it is not visible as there are some problems with specific modes and different devices don’t work consistently with them. Few years down the line you may get the hardware-specific details out enough to enable the setting.
Virtual Keyboard Text Prediction
The Virtual Keyboard Text Prediction feature is now available specifically for Xperia 10 II. Earlier versions relied on the external prediction engine, but not the prediction system runs a separate service for the keyboard.Sandboxing Work Under the Hood
Applications shipped with the operating system can now run in sandboxes. Improvements have been made to the sandbox implementation and fix to permission-related regressions.
Other additional improvements you can notice are the bug fixes, paper cut UI fixes here and there, and package upgrades. You can find further details in the release notes.