Aliendalvik is pretty much their most important asset to outsiders
If that was the case and the support for Android apps is this lacking (add in-app payments to the list of things that don’t work in Android apps), they’re screwed.
I wouldn’t be this annoyed if they were honest about the limits. Instead they claim in App Support - Jolla :
AppSupport for Linux Platforms gives any embedded Linux-compatible platform capability to run Android apps. With AppSupport the apps can be run on a wide variety of devices like smartphones, tablets, automotive solutions, wearables and other embedded devices. The application performance and user experience on Jolla’s solution is on par with native Android OS.
You don’t think if it’d been that easy to implement
Honestly, I have no idea what they’re doing. As in, it seems they’re not doing much. I’m pretty sure they’re doing something, but it’s not visible to me.
The basic utilities in SFOS are so rudimentary they look like weekend projects:
- no way to assign phone numbers to SIM cards so I don’t forget to switch to the correct one before calling (and back afterwards)
- no settings for when calendar entries show on home screen - I have a regular meeting on every Thursday, the next occurrence is on the home screen today, it’s Friday the week before
- alarms can’t be assigned different sounds
- the contacts in People app and the People tab in Phone are grouped by the first name
- no setting to change it
- contacts are listed in seemingly random order
- the pulldown menu on some contacts has the Delete action disabled, and I have no idea why
- those same contacts can still be deleted by using Select from the pull down and tapping the trashcan
- there’s no dictionary for my language, Czech (when it comes to composing text messages, SFOS is a downgrade from old Nokia phones with T9 for me)
- i can’t figure out a reliable way to zoom in the text I’m typing to move the caret, it tends to select the word instead
- if they have a HIG it’s not very good (I’m a newcomer and even the basics provided by Jolla were/are confusing), so instead…
- there’s no user-level documentation
- no clearly supported or documented way of using SFOS with outlook.office.com
- the install instructions were confusing
- the list of supported devices is four models long and they’re all old (I couldn’t even find a shop that still sells Xperia 10 II)
What I like about SFOS:
- it’s not primarily a data exfiltration device like Android
- the native text input widget reacts to tapping much better than the Android one
- the onscreen keyboard is better than both the Android and the iOS ones
- there’s only one onscreen keyboard (there’s two in iOS: Safari has its own)
- the aesthetics
The rest of the software things I like about the phone are made outside Jolla.