Since early 2018, I've been working on porting Ubuntu Touch on tenshi, a mid range BQ Aquaris U Plus, commercialized with Android 6, thus suitable to work with Halium-7.1.
See the HAL port specific details: https://github.com/Halium/projectmanagement/issues/54.
The device is equipped with:
- 5" HD 1280x720 screen, 294 HDPI
- 3GB RAM,
- 32 Gb ROM (in my case),
- Qualcom(c) Snapdragon(c) 430 (msm8937) up to 1,4GHz
as in his specs page (https://store.bq.com/en/aquaris-u-plus-2-gb).
Nowadays the device has reached an interesting level of support, as the following features works well:
- Kernel 3.18.31 for armv7l
- Graphical User Interface, with unity8 (8.17+ubports5+0) and mir (0.24.20ubuntu11) for 32 bits libraries,
- Data connection: up to 4G (depending on your Mobile Network Operator, but here in Spain tested either with Movistar, Orange and Vodafone),
- wifi (embedded in the kernel)
- Audio (and external output with jack): thanks to pulseaudio and recent pulseaudio-modules-droid-24 development,
- GPS: it works
- Screen rotation, using Ubuntu Touch Platform API, too. Rotation block also works,
- 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, now (2020-09-16) also hands-free speaker. It is able to mix well bluetooth headset output from speakers, but with handset it still works with both speakers and handset at the same time
- test_sensors produces a congruent output,
- Power, Volume up and down buttons
- Printscreen by pressing at the same time Volume+ and Volume- during 2-3 seconds
- Bluetooth: works
- Dual SIM enabled
- Notification partially works (for teleports, for instance, SMS, missed calls, SD storage)
- Android alarms work
- Hotspot works (tethering with linked devices)
- Main and selfie cameras both work with @peat_psuwit's gst-droid and nemo-qtmultimedia-plugins. I kept on working with version in rootfs from reply #35
- LED (white) when charging
- Anbox (update 2020-03-03)
- Apparmor (update 2020-03-26)
Note: NOT NEEDED ANYMORE just before a call, manually run
phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ pactl set-card-profile droid_card.primary voicecall && pactl set-sink-port sink.primary_output output-parking && pactl set-sink-port sink.primary_output output-speaker && pactl set-sink-volume sink.primary_output 200
from terminal as phablet to activate audio in calls
Lxc container works fine.
Still to improve:
Tested and working (2020-09-16):
- rootfs.img (2020-09-16): rootfs.img (with password: 1234)
- system image (2020-09-16) system.img
system image: system.img
- kernel image (2020-03-26): halium-boot.img
At this moment it has been successfully tested with:
- UT edge rootfs: http://ci.ubports.com/job/xenial-hybris-edge-rootfs-armhf/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/out/ubuntu-touch-hybris-xenial-edge-armhf-rootfs.tar.gz
- Plasma Mobile https://images.plasma-mobile.org/caf-rootfs/pm-rootfs-20190703-055501.tar.gz. See also https://docs.halium.org/en/latest/porting/install-build/plasma-mobile.html
- Halium-based rootfs https://docs.halium.org/en/latest/porting/install-build/reference-rootfs.html
For those who want to test it, please, use JBBgameich's halium-install (latest version), to install it on your device, once you completed TWPR installation on recovery.
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$ adb push system_tenshi_bio.img /data/system_tenshi_bio.img
then you need to access to recovery for the following commands:
guf@localhost:/media/gufdata/halium-7.1$ adb shell ~ # df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on tmpfs 1470252 152 1470100 0% /dev tmpfs 1470252 20 1470232 0% /tmp /dev/block/mmcblk0p46 25473588 10236052 13920496 42% /data /dev/block/mmcblk0p46 25473588 10236052 13920496 42% /sdcard /dev/block/mmcblk0p25 253920 144 248536 0% /cache ~ # mount -o loop /data/rootfs.img /tmp/ ~ # mount /dev/block/mmcblk0p24 /system/ ~ # cp -a /tmp/* /system/ && sync ~ # rm /system/var/lib/lxc/android/system.img ~ # cp /data/system_tenshi_bio.img /system/var/lib/lxc/android/system.img ~ # umount /tmp && sync ~ # reboot
systempart is already mounted in a directory, you don't need to exec the following
mount /dev/block/mmcblk0p24 /system/. Just use the proper mount point instead of
At this point stop the bootstrap at
bootloader, and from pc:
sudo fastboot flash boot ~/Downloads/halium-boot-20200326.img && sudo fastboot reboot
you can check from another tab of console if the system booted:
guf@localhost:/media/gufdata/halium-7.1$ while : ; do lsusb -v 2>/dev/null | grep -Ee 'iSerial +[0-9]+ +[^ ]' ; done | uniq iSerial 3 XXXXXXX iSerial 3 (error) iSerial 3 XXXXXXX iSerial 3 (error) iSerial 3 Unknown iSerial 3 GNU/Linux Device on rndis0 10.15.19.82 iSerial 3 XXXXXXX
and if you get this message
GNU/Linux Device on rndis0 10.15.19.82 this is the good news that the device is correctly bootstrapping from
userdata (in this moment).
At this point, reboot in
bootloader, then from pc:
guf@localhost:/media/gufdata/halium-7.1$ sudo fastboot flash boot ~/Downloads/halium-boot_tenshi_systempart.img && sudo fastboot reboot target reported max download size of 535822336 bytes sending 'boot' (21030 KB)... OKAY [ 0.665s] writing 'boot'... OKAY [ 0.286s] finished. total time: 0.951s rebooting... finished. total time: 0.302s guf@localhost:/media/gufdata/halium-7.1$
Always from the other console, check if you get the message
GNU/Linux Device on rndis0 10.15.19.82 and if it appears, enjoy
tenshi bootstrapping from
systempart and celebrate it!
It has just been tested on either 2GB ram and 3GB ram models.
Note: keep end rootfs.img and system.img in
datapart to be sure to have tenshi bootstrapping from there.