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This week, Sailfish OS announced the early release of its third generation release i.e Sailfish 3 software and has made it available to all Sailfish users who had opted-in for the early access updates.

Sami Pienimäki, CEO & Co-founder of Jolla Ltd, in his release post said, “we are expanding the Sailfish community program, “Sailfish X“, with a few of key additions next week: on November 8 we release the software for various Sony Xperia XA2 models.”

Why the name ‘Sailfish’?

Sailfish 3.0.0 is named after the legendary National Park Lemmenjoki in Northern Lapland. We’ve always aimed at respecting our Finnish roots in naming our software versions: previously we’ve covered lakes and rivers, and now we’re set to explore our beautiful national parks.

Sailfish 3 will be rolled out in phases, and thus many features are deployed in several software releases. The first phase is Sailfish 3.0.0 is available as an early access version since October 31st. The customer release is expected to roll out soon in the coming weeks. Further, the next release 3.0.1 is expected to release in early December.

Security and Corporate features of Sailfish 3

Sailfish 3 has a deeper level of security, which makes it a go-to option for various corporate and organizational solutions, and other use cases. Some of the new enhanced features in Sailfish 3 include Mobile Device Management (MDM), fully integrated VPN solutions, enterprise WiFi, data encryption, and better and faster performance.

It also offers a full support for regional infrastructures including steady releases & OS upgrades, local hosting, training, and a flexible feature set to support specific customer needs.

User experience highlights for Sailfish 3.0.0

  • New Top Menu: quick settings and shortcuts can now be accessed anywhere
  • Light ambiances: new fresh look for Sailfish OS
  • Data encryption: memory card encryption is now available. Device file system encryption is coming in next releases.
  • New Keyboard gestures: quickly change keyboard layouts with one swipe
  • USB On-The-Go storage: connect to different kinds of external storage devices
  • Camera improvements: new lock screen camera roll allows you to review the photos you just took without unlocking the device

Further, due to the rewritten way to launch apps and load views, one can achieve much better UI performance in Sailfish 3. Sami mentions, “You can start to enjoy the faster Sailfish already now with the 3.0.0 release and the upcoming major Qt upgrade will further improve the responsiveness & performance resulting to 50% better overall performance.”

To know more about Sailfish 3 in detail, visit its official website.

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