Ubuntu Touch OTA-2 Focal Release

Ubuntu Touch is the privacy and freedom-respecting mobile operating system by UBports. Today we are extremely happy to announce the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-2 our 2nd stable update to the new 20.04 system! OTA-2 will become available for the following supported Ubuntu Touch devices over the next days:

Fairphone 3 – NEW!
Fairphone 4
F(x)tec Pro1 X – NEW!
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL
Oneplus 5 and 5T
OnePlus 6 and 6T
Vollaphone and Vollaphone X
Vollaphone 22
Vollaphone X23 – NEW!
Xiaomi Mi A2
Xiaomi Poco M3
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and 7 Pro

The Pine64 PinePhone, PinePhone Pro and PineTab are updated independently of the rest of these devices. The stable channel for the PinePhone and PineTab will not receive an update labeled "OTA-2". 

What's new?

This release of Ubuntu Touch is based on Ubuntu 20.04. We will stop pointing this out with the next OTA release. We assume y´all know by then :-)

Starting with this OTA the following devices get 20.04 support:
Vollaphone X23
F(x)tec Pro1 X

New features:

The System Settings app has seen multiple improvements:

  • The layout of a few pages (e.g. Sound) have been adjusted to be more consistent. There are more like this to come in the future, so stay tuned!

  • You can now delete your custom background images you've add, in case you don't want to have that background image anymore.

  • You can now adjust the sensitivity of the edge gestures in Lomiri. If you install a case or a bumper on your device, you can now increase the width of the edge area so that it's easier for you. Or maybe you find it too sensitive, now you also can reduce it. The new settings can be found in System Settings > Gestures. Currently only visible though on a device that supports double tap to wake.

  • You can now use the physical camera button to shoot the photo.

  • When requesting a file from File Manager app over Content Hub, the app opens more smoothly.

Bugs and issues fixed

  •  The ability to reset APN settings to the default values (in the database) is fixed.

  • Reliability of enabling hotspot has been improved. Specifically, it's now possible to reliably enable and disable hotspot on the Volla Phone devices. Also, it's now possible to enable password-protected hotspot on Volla Phone devices.

  • Bluetooth should be more reliably available after a reboot.

  • It's now possible to re-install pre-installed applications after it's been removed.

  • If a SIM with a PIN is inserted on boot, the SIM unlock screen should appear more reliably without the need to explicitly request it.

  • A dummy XWayland splash screen should no longer be displayed when an X application is launched.

  • QtWebEngine has been updated to 5.15.14. Also, the problem when seeking a video has been fixed.

  • Charger mode on certain devices (particularly Volla Phone devices) no longer bootloops.

  • Click applications can now play media shipped with itself once again.

  • The ability to choose a custom alarm sound is fixed.

  • Video playback on some Mediatek-based devices has been fixed.

  • In Morph, certificate errors are now always shown within the session.

  • The ability to have "combined APN" is restored. This fixes MMS sending on certain carriers with manual APN input. However, the APN database is still not up-to-date, which means MMS still doesn't work out-of-the-box on many carriers.

  • The spurious failure to display the permission prompt when using the camera on some devices has been solved

How to get OTA-2

Existing users of Ubuntu Touch Focal

Existing users of Ubuntu Touch on Stable channel (which is selected by default in the UBports Installer) will receive the OTA-2 upgrade by using the Updates screen of System Settings. Devices will randomly be allocated the update from today through . This spread is to give us a breathing space to stop the roll out of any bad update (should that ever become necessary), and is not to accommodate any bandwidth restrictions.

There is also the system update broadcast facility, which will send each online device a trigger message. If the device can find its update, it will be downloaded for you and when everything is ready, a notification will pop up and you can install right away. This only works if you have set up that updates can be downloaded automatically.

 If however you would like to receive the update immediately, turn on ADB access and issue the following command over `adb shell`:

 sudo system-image-cli -v -p 0 --progress dots
Your device should then download the update and install it. This process may take a while, depending on your download speed.

New Ubuntu Touch users

You will find instructions for installing Ubuntu Touch on your device at devices.ubuntu-touch.io

"I found an issue!" 

Have you found a bug? We want to know! Quickly! 

You can follow our Bug Reporting document to learn how to present the information we'll need to confirm and fix your issue. Every bit helps. The best way to improve Ubuntu Touch is to use it and then tell us about the experience. 

You should always check to see whether your bug has already been reported on your device Gitlab repository you can find on devices.ubuntu-touch.io Browsing open bugs is worth doing, even if you have nothing to report. This ensures that you can watch for any of the open issues and help fix them by providing more information.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-2 FOCAL Call for Testing