That took a while, but lots of ground has been covered! We’re finally back with a new release called “Cortado”. We have been working very hard behind the scenes during the past couple of months!
So you’re asking what we have done? Most importantly we now have all our supported targets on at least a 3.4 kernel which was a critical requirement in order to update Yocto to Pyro. Both glibc and systemd required this.
So the Touchpad, Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 are now all on a 3.4 kernel and on an Android 5.1-based build!
This release is a bit of an intermediary release, so it’s not as stable as we would like it to be and as you are used to. We expect to address the remaining issues with the next release. We wanted to get this release out since it marks quite a milestone with all the underlying updates to the system.
We have also updated some of the UI bits and there is now a tablet layout similar to what was available on webOS 3.x with notifications at the top of the screen! Preware is now also working properly on targets with a landscape orientation like the Touchpad & VirtualBox (qemux86).
Due to the fact there’s no suitable 3.4 kernel available for the Galaxy Nexus (Maguro) we were forced to drop this as a porting target. We have also dropped support for Nexus 7 WiFi 2012 version (Grouper) due to the fact that none of the devs actually had this device and therefore we couldn’t test any updates.
We’re already full speed ahead with the update of QT from 5.6 to 5.8. This brings quite some challenges and requires quite some rework in various bits, but it seems things are progressing well.
Once the 5.8 upgrade has been completed we’ll be looking into updating to 5.9.1 in the near future as well since this will be a LTS (Long Term Support) release of QT. The upgrade from 5.8 to 5.9.x should be fairly straight forward since the changes aren’t that major.
We have the following items on our to-do list to focus on:
- Various UI tweaks
- Messaging improvements
- Camera improvements
- Fix known issues on the various targets
- Bring back official support for Touchpad 4G (current build works on Touchpad 4G but only WiFi).