Questions before upgrading to Focal
I am still running Xenial on my pixel3a.
I am thinking of upgrading to Focal, however this is my daily driver so I've been a bit cautious.
First I just want to make sure that the stability is fairly good on Focal and there's no degradation in network connectivity as I obviously need the device to function at least as good as it does now.
Next, I use some apps that don't have Focal versions such as quickddit. Will these continue to work after upgrading?
You could try Focal and if it dosen't fit your needs at this point in time, You're still able to revert back to Xenial through the Ubports installer on a pc. Just remember to untick Wipe and Bootstrap.
@Rondarius Although that's possible, it's not advisable since there are many changes as well as data migrations so you may get weird random issues.
@Kamikaze Focal is fairly stable now though I can't comment about Pixel 3a since I only have an FP4. Apps that are not listed in the OpenStore app can be manually download from site however, the results may vary. I tried Quickddit and so far it works fine. I advise checking if the apps that you really need works on focal. Some apps may even be easy enought to compile for focal if you really need them.
@Kamikaze My opinion, Pixel3a works and well on Focal (OTA-2), but as a daily driver for me, no as the battery life is not great, much like Xenial. That could also be down to the device(s) being second hand and i don't want to replace a screen just to replace the battery (very delicate screen).
I don't have the same phone but the real 'like' Xenial is expected for OTA-3. And Focal apps are not complete at this point : they lack essentials for me like Tedit and UT Tweak Tool (version as functional as xenial).
@Kamikaze Really like my 3a on Focal but as @kugiigi said check the apps you need first and see if the non Focal ones you need will run on Focal ( most info on forum somewhere) and also I would not recommend a back and forth approach again as @kugiigi said it throws up issues.
As for battery I charged mine once a day but am quite a low user just calls and a little mobile data when out and about.
my informative Test = comparison of 16.04 and 20.04 Xiaomi Redmi 7 note
20.04 calling and texting OK
internet problems when switching wifi to mobile data
Media playback not working with bluetooth output
Battery drain 25% more.
Non-functioning indicator led control.
Not a criticism just my experimental comparison I'm glad people are dedicated to this OS and moving forward.