OTA 3 suggestions: your wanted features

  • Not really features, I'd like to see more development on the basics. Two things that quickly come to mind:

    1. Improved performance: less RAM usage.
    2. Bugfree experience for the 3 listed core devices.

  • I would really like to see a proper nextcloud / owncloud account support for calendars and contacts.

  • Theming, or some sort of dark theme. And nightshift.

  • My new feature list for OTA 3:

    • BQ E4.5 as core device (due to number of used devices)
    • configureable UserAgent string for the browser
    • Dekko: threaded view/deletion
    • Dekko: correct display of attachments
    • cursor movement keys in the OSK

    Thx for the hard work to all of you.



    Pour ma part, j'aimerai retrouver la convergence de Canonical avec libreoffice.
    J'aimerai bien avoir Chromium, VLC, Alzip, utorrent ou l'équivalent.
    La possibilité d'installer des applications Android, j'utilise Visorando, Runtastic, Molotov, Camscanner.
    For my part, I would like to find the convergence of Canonical with freeoffice.
    I would love to have Chromium, VLC, Alzip, utorrent or equivalent.
    The possibility of installing Android applications, I use Visorando, Runtastic, Molotov, Camscanner.

  • One more thing that i think about now is that apps should not stop running when they have things to do. Like when commands are running in the terminal, when making a Skype call etc. It would be good if this could be solved at a system level, but i'm not sure if it can be.

  • @hans1977se I think it should be possible. For example right now I'm listening a live stream in the browser and read mails with dekko. I wagely remember that I have had to configure something with a comnand over the bus to allow this, will check my writeups.


  • @guru I hope you'll find something. 🙂 Closest i found is apps can force the phone to stay fully on, but then power management becomes manual.

  • I would like to see bluteooth getting some attention, so we could use the phone for calls in our cars.
    Thank you.

  • @hans1977se said in OTA 3 suggestions: your wanted features:

    @guru I hope you'll find something. 🙂 Closest i found is apps can force the phone to stay fully on, but then power management becomes manual.

    It took me some time, but here we go: You can check on the cmd line which apps are excepted from getting the suspend signal if not on display with the following command (which shows the app names in my BQ E4.5, running Canonical's OTA-15):

    gsettings get com.canonical.qtmir lifecycle-exempt-appids
    ['com.ubuntu.music', 'com.ubuntu.terminal', 'webbrowser-app', 'dekko.dekkoproject', 'mediaplayer-app']

    and you can add some app identifier (as I did long ago) with:

    gsettings set com.canonical.qtmir lifecycle-exempt-appids "['com.ubuntu.music', 'com.ubuntu.terminal']"

    It seems to me, that the display server MIR is sending the suspend signal to all other app loosing the display by being slided away.


  • An adblocker in the webbrowser is something I really miss.

  • @RandomUser
    This would be nice yes. At the moment I use hosts file from here: http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/ and It's doing a great job keeping ads away.

  • @Vehi_MV said in OTA 3 suggestions: your wanted features:

    This would be nice yes. At the moment I use hosts file from here: http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/ and It's doing a great job keeping ads away.

    Do you have this as /etc/hosts ? This is a ro file system...

  • Hi, I think that there is still some work to do on bugfixing iso new features. Using a Meizu mx4 I still have to restart once or twice a day cos of the battery indicator showing empty although it is almost full, the webbrowser doesn't show html5 videos, cannot use telegram on all public networks eg. Airport freeweb, and in general smoothness of the OS; too often it got stuck when changing apps if swiping from right to left...nevertheless, I do not want to go back to any other OS and appreciate the hard work!!

  • @guru

    1. You can make the file system writable with UT Tweak Tool: https://uappexplorer.com/app/ut-tweak-tool.sverzegnassi .
    2. Reboot
    3. Then you make a backup of original /etc/hosts file
    4. Copy your new hosts file to /etc/hosts
    5. Make file system read only with UT Tweak Tool
    6. Reboot
    7. Enjoy ad-free experience on your phone.

  • @Vehi_MV To make a fs rw I do not need some tool apart of mount, but I always, since the beginnung of UT, I said it is no a good idea making this partitions rw. How OTA should work on such modifications?
    You have been warned.

  • I think, it's still needed to inproof the core-apps:
    Bluetooth needs to work better with other devices. In my case: Meizu MX4 can connect to NAVIGON 70pro car-navigation, but can't make calls with it and other functions don't work.
    Camera app has very low qualitiy and some settings don't work together. If I turn HDR on, then flashlight gets off, and so on.
    Music app should be more comfortable and start faster. Sometimes stops playing without reason.

  • The most important for me are the fixes for Meizu Pro 5 - I have reported a few bugs related to this device and those bugs are making my phone not fully reliable (and it's important for me, as Pro 5 is my daily driver).

    Other than that:

    • T9 dialer
    • Custom SMS sound
    • Possibly per-app notification sound (so that Dekko/Telegram notification sound can be different from the SMS one)
    • How about listing mediahub apps in sound indicator? It could list the apps, but hide the control buttons where no app is open. When you open the app, it could jump to the top of the list and display the controls.
    • System/OpenStore app updates using the transfer indicator, so that they could be downloaded and installed in background and multiple ones simultaneously.

  • Pick one (any) convergent user story and make it a perfect experience out of the box.

    For example: I receive an email from a coworker asking me to work on some spreadsheet. Dock phone and work desktop style, listening to music on my headphones. Realise I miss some info. Text another person with a question. Receive a phone call interupting me. Take the phone out of the dock and talk while I walk to the coffee shop. End the call and finish the spreadsheet on the phone/tablet interface in the coffee shop. Email the file back.

    All those features are kinda there, but there are a bunch of usability features that kill this (and similar) workflows. I would suggest you draft a story like this, then test it and prioritise any bugs you run into. Docking ain't reliable - fix this. Email app closes and interrupts my drafting when switching to browser /spreadsheet - fix that. Out of the box UI scaling for localc doesn't allow me to work efficiently on a tablet display - fix it.

    No need to make everything perfect, but pick one story and maybe one device and make that one really shine. If it ain't the "mobile office work" above it could be the visual artist - now you need to make sure that krita works perfectly on the tablet - does taht require better touch input in xmir well then this is your top prio feature. Or maybe its wayland on mir. The user is not gonna care as long as the workflow is awesome.

    Pick a story that is achievable, but sets ubports apart from ios/android. Getting krita to run is too hard - what about preparing, adjusting and giving a presentation from the phone including live pdf annotation xournal style.

    Make sure to produce a release video that shows off! Focus on the added value for the user instead of the technical feature of how you adjusted the dpi for Xmir or whatever.

  • I think wireless display / aethercast for fairphone 2, because it hasn't hdmi/slimport/MHL... It would be a great feature for all devices of course.

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