Ubuntu Touch on LG G6 (h870 model): call for testers

  • LG G6 (h870, as it is the EU version) porting to Ubuntu Touch started to be in shape for testers.
    Please, refer to @rymdllama @tanevanwifferen @Guf for any question.
    We created a chat in Telegram to share LG porting for UBports Ubuntu Touch: link
    This is a device released in 2017 with the following technical specs:

    • 5.7” Quad HD+ (1440x2880), 18:9 ratio, HDR10
    • Qualcomm(c) Snapdragon(tm) 821 (2.35Ghz Quad Core)
    • Touch with rear fingerprint sensor
    • 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, micro SD slot (up to 2TB)
    • 3,300mAh (embedded)
    • Rear camera: Dual 13MP (dual matrix 1/3.06”), Standard 71°, f/1.8 * Wide-angle 125°, f/2.4
    • Front camera: 5MP, wide-angle 100°, f/2.2
    • Usb-c output (Fast charge 3.0)

    Distributed with Android 7.0 Nougat, so suitable for Halium-7.1 (issue #115). Full description is available here.

    At this extent, the following feature are successfully ported on UT and work out-of-the-box:

    • Linux 3.18.31 (msm8996) on arm64-v8a
    • GUI: unity (8.20), mir (0.31.2)
    • GSM (inbound/outbound calls)
    • SMS: inbound and outbound fully working, and notifications appear in the menu,
    • Ofono: audio in inbound and outbound calls work works out-of-the-box
    • 4G data connection
    • wifi
    • Screen rotation, using Ubuntu Touch Platform API, too. Rotation block also works
    • Power (fingerprint and power button), Volume up and down buttons
    • Printscreen by pressing at the same time Volume+ and Volume- during 2-3 seconds
    • Apparmor patch applied and working
    • Notification (bubble and sound both work)
    • Battery animation while charging
    • Sound and headset output
    • Vibration
    • Stats on blocked screen
    • Sensors (test_sensors's output)
    • Anbox
    • Bluetooth (update 2020-11-14)

    Lxc contained is working fine.

    Still to improve or to test (2020-01-26):

    • LEDs: manually working, but no sign of them to be used with notifications,
    • GPS
    • Front and rear cameras (even though it was applied @peat_psuwit's gst-droid and installed nemo-qtmultimedia-plugins)
    • Video playback (still to test)

    Still to test (2020-01-26):

    • Fingerprint

    Updated images (2020-03-26):

    Repo in github:

    To make Bluetooth work you need to:

    • if your device bootstrap from systempart, flash the following halium-boot, otherwise if you install from halium-install in datapart, flash this halium-boot
      both enable HCIUART and HCIUART_H4;
    • and manually (at the moment) execute the following commands:
    # chmod 0660 /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill0/state
    # chmod 0660 /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill0/type
    # chgrp dialout /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill0/state
    # chgrp dialout /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill0/type
    # rfkill unblock bluetooth
    # hciattach -p -t 30 /dev/ttyHS0 bcm43xx 115200 flow `cat /data/misc/bluetooth/bdaddr`

    and you will see that there is a nel hci0:

    root@ubuntu-phablet:~# hciconfig -a
    hci0:	Type: Primary  Bus: UART
    	BD Address: AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AA  ACL MTU: 1021:8  SCO MTU: 64:1
    	RX bytes:846 acl:0 sco:0 events:60 errors:0
    	TX bytes:4057 acl:0 sco:0 commands:60 errors:0
    	Features: 0xbf 0xfe 0xcf 0xfe 0xdb 0xff 0x7b 0x87
    	Packet type: DM1 DM3 DM5 DH1 DH3 DH5 HV1 HV2 HV3 
    	Link policy: RSWITCH SNIFF 
    	Link mode: MASTER 
    	Name: 'LG-h870'
    	Class: 0x5c0000
    	Service Classes: Rendering, Capturing, Object Transfer, Telephony
    	Device Class: Miscellaneous, 
    	HCI Version: 4.1 (0x7)  Revision: 0x0
    	LMP Version: 4.1 (0x7)  Subversion: 0x6119
    	Manufacturer: Broadcom Corporation (15)

  • @Guf This is an exciting port, the lg g6 is a great phone. Any chance this would work with an h871?

  • @dieharddan I have no idea what the difference between the two is! is it EU or US model?
    Anyway I can try to help you, if you want.
    You can adapt your port accordingly with my sources.
    @tanevanwifferen and @rymdllama are on it.

  • @dieharddan Lg g6 model numbers variants in this (article)[https://www.teamandroid.com/2017/04/15/lg-g6-model-numbers-variants/]
    if you want to port it, and you have telegram, you can join us on a little group I just created

  • yes it is a us version, I don't have one anymore but would repurchase to try it out at some point

  • @Guf maybe that helps you.
    It seems like its nearly the same.

    I have hoped a long time for the Xperia X port. After it got abandoned I was quite disappointed, but this port seems quite exiting. 🤘

  • @Guf said in Ubuntu Touch on LG G6 (h870 model): call for testers:

    Annoying flooding of errors in dmesg with the following message: "IPC_RTR: msm_ipc_router_bind: pm-service Do not have permissions" . It unfortunately drains battery

    Hi i have ported LG V20, same hardware and manifacture. for this error

    Annoying flooding of errors in dmesg with the following message: "IPC_RTR: msm_ipc_router_bind: pm-service Do not have permissions" . It unfortunately drains battery

    Didi you added SECURITY_ANDROID_GID_CAPABILITIES in your kernel ?
    see this

  • @makeixo @walidham Fixed! I applied the patch for bullhead which suggested the same: to disable CONFIG_ANDROID_PARANOID and to enable SECURITY_ANDROID_GID_CAPABILITIES, but I hadn't done it well. With the help of @tanevanwifferen (who suggested what was wrong), we fixed it ... so let's go for other issues, now

  • You might want to use the list at then end of this page: https://pad.ubports.com/p/PortChecklist to give a detailed and standardized overview of whats working and whats not 🙂

  • @Guf I haven't done anything. I am just lurking. I am more like a fan.

  • @Guf Can you explain what was wrong? I'm facing the same flood problem on the different device (but it is based on the same qcom platform). I applied patch and it doesn't help

  • @vadikas the patch is 1 in a set of 3, and all 3 must be done to make it work I think. @Guf had the two others already. The three changes are listed at the bottom of this page:


  • Well that's great! I know I'm a little late to the party. But I am interested in giving this a shot. @Guf @tanevanwifferen, although, I have the h872 and I bet that this little difference makes it incompatable. Is this true?

  • @Guf Would love to test it on my h870, do you need to have an unlock bootloader?

  • Hello everyone ! I'm new to the UBPorts community, so i was about to get a new phone in the next days to run Ubuntu. But fortunately i've got a LG G6 at home ! But, the model version is H870s, so with no unlockable bootloader... I think it's a problem, right ?!
    Everyway, keep going on this port, LG G6 is an Amazing phone !

  • I got the American version with a cracked screen but I’d be willing to contribute to the cause. It’s currently with Verizon locked. If I get it unlocked will I be able to test it on that? It’s got a cracked screen so the risk to reward ratio is favorable. I’ve never done this before so I have no clue how to start.

  • I also have a US version (VS988), and am new here. I'm not sure if I can test this port on my phone, or if they're different enough it's going to have to be a different port.

  • I have a US model LG G6 somewhere that my wife upgrade from recently, would love to help test. Only other phone I have that can boot Ubuntu is a Nexus 4 😞 Long time Patreon supporter 🤙🏻

  • Hi, i've got an h870 model.
    I've been trying to to put the image on my phone but i can't seem to pass the part with resize2fs from the halium-install script. Any help?
    The error i keep getting is:
    "Scanning inode table resize2fs: No space left on device while trying to resize system-20200326.img"

  • @MexHH Yep, you need to do it, with the following command:
    fastboot flash unlock unlock.bin where unlock.bin is you unlocking file that you will be provided by requesting to http://mobile.developer.lge.com/

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