[Replicant] Replicant 6 on i9300 user feedback
simon at josefsson.org
Thu Sep 8 08:40:29 UTC 2016
I took some time to build replicant 6 for i9300 from scratch on a fresh
Debian 8 virtual machine, following the instructions on the forum page
https://redmine.replicant.us/boards/21/topics/12057 and the wiki. Below
are some observations.
*) In general it appears usable as a day-to-day phone with SMS/MMS,
Phone, Web browser, fdroid, apps, etc. I'm switching from my old
Replicant 4 setup to this today. Compared to regular Android/CM,
graphics is slow, but it feels snappier than replicant 4. ZXing does
not work, and the small app screenshots in the task switcher does not
work -- these are known graphical issues. Previews in the Gallery
now works, compared to Replicant 4. VLC video playback does not work
(crashes replicant, see below), and this worked in replicant 4 so
this is the only regression I've noticed.
*) I put my build files https://josefsson.org/replicant6/ -- I did not
get the sign-build script to do anything useful for me, so the ROM
use test-keys and are signed with my PGP key.
*) I got front-camera, bluetooth and wifi to work using non-free
firmware from cm-10.1.3. NFC works fine out of the box. I haven't
worked on getting GPS to work. See non-free firmware notes at
*) Upgrading fdroid fails because it is signed using a different key? I
put the latest fdroid on there so right now this is not a problem for
*) I've seen hard reboot crashes when doing:
* Recording video in camera app
* Attempting playback of video through VLC
*) I've seen soft crashes:
* Trebuchet crashes when managing icons in a sub-folder on the
*) Wiki suggestions (anyone wants to grant me write access?)
Mention that you need to run on debian-like systems:
dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update
before installing packages -- for zlib1g-dev:i386
Drop redundant 'curl' from Debian 8 packages.
*) Ironically, the same day I did this, my nexus 5x received Android 7.
Still, yay for replicant 6!
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