@planejoe great stuff 🙂
I cannot comment much about the partition layout, some looks legacy in link with the android container i'd guess... though not required on PinePhone. If you check the multi image, Ubuntu Touch run from a single btrfs partition if i'm not wrong: https://xnux.eu/p-boot-demo/
The deb packages are the recommended way for the middleware. Sensorfw is the software which connects the linux drivers of the sensors to Qt and does the calibration.
In this way all apps which use Qt could make use of the sensors.
For the SensorsStatus app clickable is the way to go.
This thread is now very long and quite hard to follow (something that happenend to the MMS thread, see above link) and the main issues have been repeated in various ways by various contributors all making valid points of view. So it makes a good reference point as to the state and views on PinePhone developement to date 28/06/21. Specific new issues or questions can still be posted in the PinePhone sub category but I do think this thread has run it's course so will lock it. Once more thanks to all who have contributed to this thread in your normal friendly but robust mannor.
....so after further digging and experimenting by pressing the power button and volume up button at the same time will put it in some mode that allows me to access the whole phone and edit files. Thats exactly what i was looking for.
phone has to be off.
hold the two buttons till the green lights pops on.
let go, it should now say "awaiting command"
Ok, I've got email(s) to the Pine Phone folks and they are looking into some options too. I'm going to hold off a bit to see what they say. I can't believe that within Mobian you cannot uncrypt your files, or do a hard reset that take Mobian back to square one.