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The UI will also show you when there's an action to be taken on the screen via the glow at the top of the screen (the green light at the top of the display, above).
And, like BlackBerry 10, Sailfish has a 'peek' option – by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, you can check whether any social media updates, text messages and the like have come in recently, without exiting the app you're working on. Once you lift your thumb, the peek box disappears.
Learning the Sailfish gestures is a pain initially, but after a little while with the device, it becomes a surprisingly pleasant way to navigate.
Here's the app deck that Jolla users will see, which is fairly easy to rearrange manually.
Android apps are compatible with Sailfish, and Russian operator Yandex's Android app store will come preloaded on the device. Not everything worked flawlessly when I tried it, however: one of the driving game apps loaded on the device refused to function, for example.
There's also a native Jolla app store but, as you'd expect from a youthful ecosystem, it's not overly burdened with choice — there are just tens available, mainly essentials like a document reader, many from Jolla itself.