Ubuntu Touch OTA-24 Release

Ubuntu Touch is the privacy and freedom-respecting mobile operating system by UBports. Today we are happy to announce the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-24, the very latest update to the system! OTA-24 will become available for the following supported Ubuntu Touch devices over the next week:

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1  
BQ E4.5 Ubuntu Edition
BQ E5 HD Ubuntu Edition
BQ M10 (F)HD Ubuntu Edition
BQ U Plus
Cosmo Communicator
F(x)tec Pro1
Fairphone 2
Fairphone 3
Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL
Huawei Nexus 6P
LG Nexus 4
LG Nexus 5
Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition
Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition
Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi and LTE models)
OnePlus One
OnePlus 2
OnePlus 3 and 3T
Oneplus 5 and 5T
OnePlus 6 and 6T
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (910F, 910P, 910T)
Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo+ (GT-I9301I)
Sony Xperia X
Sony Xperia X Compact
Sony Xperia X Performance
Sony Xperia XZ
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet (LTE or Wi-fi only)
Vollaphone and Vollaphone X
Xiaomi Mi A2
Xiaomi Mi A3
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3
Xiaomi Poco F1
Xiaomi Poco M2 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi 3s/3x/3sp (land)
Xiaomi Redmi 4X
Xiaomi Redmi 7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and 7 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi 9 and 9 Prime
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9, 9 Pro, 9 Pro Max and 9S

The Pine64 PinePhone 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-24".

                What's new?

                NOTE: This is the last OTA for Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial) with major features. The next OTA-25 will be mainly security fixes and long-term support updates for xenial. Ubuntu 20.04 (focal) base has progressed quite far and so we are preparing everything for the switch. This also means that we will prepare OTA support for 20.04!

                • Fingerprint unlock: More backoff time between read retries (flohack)
                • Initial gesture support with double-tap to wake for selected devices (amartinz)
                • Handle sms:// URL scheme to open messaging-app properly (lduboef)
                • Aethercast: 1080p support, various other fixes (fredldotme)
                • messaging-app and sms/mms middleware: Various fixes (lduboef, jezek)
                • Media buttons on headsets work for most devices
                • Mir-Android-Platform performance tweaks, configurable (fredldotme)

                Known Issues 

                Gesture support does not remember last state after reboot – will be fixed later

                Bugs and issues fixed

                • Messaging app freeze randomly after back button is pressed on conversation (lduboef)
                • Desktop wallpaper shows rotated images taken with device camera (flohack)
                • Google Pixel 3a: A/V desync during video recording (fredldotme)
                • Improve interactive drawer blur performance (fredldotme)
                • “Reset Launcher” freezes lomiri-system-settings (jami)
                • Bluetooth with volla phone broke beginning of April

                How to get OTA-24

                Existing Ubuntu Touch users 

                Existing users of Ubuntu Touch on Stable channel (which is selected by default in the UBports Installer) will receive the OTA-24 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.

                Note also that starting with OTA-24 we try to bring back the broadcast facility, which will send each 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 ubports/ubuntu-touch on Github. 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 Q&A 121
                OTA-24,Focal upgrade, Fairphone 4 port