Xenial on Meizu Pro 5

  • @Flohack I'm running the RR from faust93 on my Ubuntu pro 5 (for some months since Canoncal droped it)... The RR works almost 100% great... So if the Ubports would be based on that base I would most probably switch back since then hopefully also all bugs that the Pro5 had will be gone... (ex Bluetooth, Headphone volume, no å,ä,ö in messaging, miracast (cromecast) support, etc...).

    Just a question if I now could do without the gapps since I started to get used to be able to do my bank tasks on my device now a days...

    So with Anbox and libertine container with access to the system (sdcard, gps, camera etc.) and the bugs above solved I would do a switch back all day in a week...

    For now only my BQ e 4.5 running the ubports and the M10 is still on Canonical image planning to do the switch as soon there's some news on the 16.04 ...


  • @Lars Yes, I was using it for some time, it's about 95%stable, so is UT, and almost all the bugs sorted. So we'll see what guys at Ubports says once they have a look at the source code. Fingers crossed.

  • @Stefano I still don't get it why Pro 5 can't get XENIAL update when there is a full Android source tree for it.



    Maybe Marius could explain a little better, cos he said yesterday that Meizu is closed source, but what about this source? Will you Marius? What else is needed?

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    Pro 5 should have Xenial update. There is plenty of Pro 5:s around and some chinese still sell it. My pro5 has loose antenna or something else wrong with it's hardware, because it has very poor reception. If it pro 5 gets Xenial i might order another one from Ebay or Aliexpress if they have euro versions left.

    Pro 5 is pretty decent phone and i could use it many years to come.

  • @alternat0r Yeah, they not as expensive at the moment, like £250 and for a new device. But surely the best UT experience to date on Pro 5.

  • @alternat0r Open it up and have a look on the loose antenna wire. Just 2 screws on the bottom on the phone, then heat up the screen and then just pry and should separate easy. See youtube.

  • However Ubuntu Phone support on it has a few important flaws, that spoil the experience from me (I'll definitely report bugs right now):

    • battery drain when Wi-Fi is on - probably it wouldn't last 24h on standby with Wi-Fil on (I think problems started with one of Canonical's OTA's)
    • completely unreliable data connection - it looses the connection and regains it totally randomly, many times when I need mobile data it either drops during browsing the internet or there is no connection at all and I have to restart the phone (even that doesn't always help)
    • cellular network is a problem too - it drops from time to time too and sometimes I don't have network when everyone around do have - it says "Unregistered" or "Rejected" (or similar, as I see this texts in Polish)
    • I also have issues with call quality - I often have hard time understanding what people talk to me (but this might be just a result of lack of support for "HD Voice" or however it's officially called)

    Those are really irritating issues and solving them is vital for device to be reliable, so I would't say that "almost all the bugs are sorted". But who knows, maybe using CM's sources could result in a reliably working system?

    Anyway I believe that even if porting requires more work it's worth doing 16.04 for Pro 5, as there is a significant amount of users and app developers that use it, but they won't stay more if they are forced to buy a new device.

  • @Mitu Yeah, probably just a bugs. Since I switched to UBports, the mobile signal dropping is happening just occasionally, from 4G to H, but just for a moment only. The biggest problem this phone has is Bluetooth calling noise and distortion. BUT, then again on Resurection Remix from Faust93, most of the bugs are sorted and this is the SourceCode that I'm talking about, which is available on Github, so it must be an OpenSource, therefore could be customized, re-build, patched...

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    @Stefano said in Xenial on Meizu Pro 5:

    @alternat0r Open it up and have a look on the loose antenna wire. Just 2 screws on the bottom on the phone, then heat up the screen and then just pry and should separate easy. See youtube.

    I have so many bad experiences when i have opened phone and didn't get it back together like it was. But perhaps i could try it if i can find small enough torx somewhere. Not much to lose anyways.

  • @alternat0r I am with you on this, my pro5 is a great phone,works good on android and should be equally good on ubports,an it has good availability,they could be bought up and converted then resold as ubports devices, ( after the niggling little problem are fixed).

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    @Stefano said in Xenial on Meizu Pro 5:

    @alternat0r Open it up and have a look on the loose antenna wire. Just 2 screws on the bottom on the phone, then heat up the screen and then just pry and should separate easy. See youtube.

    Found the proper screwdriver for the star shaped screws and opened the phone. It did not open easily. I was almost certain the screen would crack before it popped out, but it didn't. Cable was in place, but it possibly is broken because when i twisted it phone lost all signals. I ordered new one from the aliexpress hopefully it fixes that issue.

  • @a1termator You bet it will fix that issue.

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    @Stefano said in Xenial on Meizu Pro 5:

    @a1termator You bet it will fix that issue.

    For some reason prevous post was deleted, but sadly new antenna cable did not fix the bad reception problem. Dunno where the problem is. So back to finding new phone if Pro 5 is not going to be core device. One can hope it comes to such so i could order another one and now i have spare parts :)

  • @alternador My pro5 was an original Ubuntu touch,it had poor reception, I put Flyme on it,no problem,nor with bluetooth,,I mean don't give up on it,I feel sure someone will figure it out. I am on ubports now,but I am not using a sim card,as I have a company phone,so I cant help with reception details

  • I also need a update on this. I use my pro 5 on a daily basis but like Stefano says their are bugs that have to be worked out to make this device solid.

  • I am very interested as well. My Pro 5 is my only phone. I am sooo pleased with it! I bought it with android, converted it to international version and installed Ubuntu on it. I then switched to the Ubports version, first stable and then devel. I have no problem with wifi, data connection. I am very, very pleased with it. I love the new browser.

    Back in the days I tried the xenial devel version of Canonical and it would not start the graphical interface. But I was able to log in through ssh. And I had the same question as the OP: if 16.04 was once running on this device, why couldn't it run again?

    And a closing note: a big thank you to the Ubports team!!!

  • @Stefano So, Ubports will upgrade BQ M10 to Xenial because the exception is being made for this device despite being CLOSED SOURCE as Canonical have done Heavy Lifting according to Marius from last Uborts Community update.
    It seems that you guys don't want Pro 5 to get Xenial despite Canonical has done the heavy lifting there as well. https://plus.google.com/u/0/101216811071065193275/posts/NBB5UYa5fy5
    According your stats, currently 155 users ( more than FP2) has Ubports running on their Pro5.
    It would be a little bit unfair to us not to get that upgrade.

  • @Stefano Just want to say THANK YOU UBports on decision to put Xenial on Pro 5 as said in your last community update. We owners of Pro 5 really appreciate it.

  • Yay, that's wonderful news! Tkank you! :)

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