[4.1.0.23][XA2 h3113][Alien Dalvik] Android Gallery and Android multimedia files related bugs

REPRODUCIBILITY (% or how often): 100%
BUILD ID = 4.1.0.23
HARDWARE (XA2, Xperia 10…): Xperia XA2 h3113
UI LANGUAGE: Czech
REGRESSION: (compared to previous public release: Yes, No, ?): Yes

DESCRIPTION:

On XA2 (h3113 single sim), I do experience a problem with Android Gallery not showing pictures and videos and several Android apps do have a problem with (down/up)loading images/videos. Same goes for alternative Gallery apps.

PRECONDITIONS:

I only updated to Early access version from latest previous 4.0 build. Used this guide to resize home to 10 GB and root to 8 GB.

STEPS TO REPRODUCE:

  • when I try to open default Gallery via Nova Launcher, it does show blank black screen without any pictures
  • both image and file picker in Discord does not show anything (sharing file into app works)
  • trying to download image in Discord restarts the app without actually downloading it
  • in Frost (OSS wrapper for mobile Facebook site from F-Droid) downloading an image or video restarts the app
  • in Messenger Lite, image upload says “No app for image select found” (normal file select works, downloading an image works)
  • in Firefox when I try to download an image, app goes into restarting loop
  • in Kiwi browser (Chromium based), when I try to download an image, the app crashes
  • etc.

EXPECTED RESULT:

Images/videos do show everywhere and apps can download/upload them.

ACTUAL RESULT:

Apps do crash/show nothing.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

I tried to overcome this with an alternative - Blackberry Gallery, also with a Simple Gallery from F-Droid, but it does not work either (the app itself worked on Pie). On 4.0, everything worked as it is supposed to work. So, overcoming this, usually using “share” button depends on the app. (Solutions are included in steps to reproduce.)

I was able to overcome the downloading by sharing the image/video from almost any source into X-Plore File Manager first and then it worked, but, it is an overkill over just pressing one button…

Removing /home/.android/ and rebooting somehow fixed the issue.

Hi - i have the same issue on a X10 Mark 1 - after upgrading to 4.1.0.24.
Android Apps don’t see any images in Gallery. So Telegram/Sailfish can’t see my new taken pictures.

Is there another possibility without removing all my android stuff?
Is this maybe just a permission thing?

Edit: it seems files on the Android level are not useable. File-Manager from Android can not create folders. Download in firefox is not possible.

An "chown -R media_rw:media_rw /home/nemo/android_storage/* seems to have fixxed it for me. But i also have no idea if this breaks other things - does anyone know how the permissions are on new installed devices?
Folders and files have been owned by “nemo:nemo” before.
I have no idea how this could affect the “Gallery” function in telegram/signal.

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I’m having the same problem on an XA2. Changing permissions on android_storage didn’t help. Can’t see any Gallery images from Android apps like Signal.

Edit: ownership change fixed the problem after a reboot.