Just letting everyone know that I have given up on this (for now). There is a multitude of reasons and I will list them here because I feel some things regarding SFOS needs to be said:
- I received numerous messages from community regarding Camera2 api development - everyone wants to test. This is all fine but literally not a single person contacted me with actual information/help how to set up dev enviroment for development and testing camera. I have spent a lot of time to make this work but I have a company to run and family that I want to spend time with and just didn’t want to countinue hacking
- There is no documention provided by Jolla regarding core system development. There is not even a README file on github. To make things work, stock camera app is closed source. Providing a link to C++ header file is not enough if you want to attract people to help out
- Looking at last couple of releases I see only minor updates or updates that are largely handled by community. Android support was updated but aside from having “bigger version number” no real improvements regarding android support have been made (as a matter of fact, a lot of android apps stopped working due to the way android app rendering was handled)
- More and more apps (that I use regularly) on android rely on having bootloader locked and this is a trend that will over time make android support less and less useful
- android support for NFC, bluetooth (other than audio), biometrics is non-existent. I regularly use apps that require biometrics (fingerprint reader) that provide no alternative
All in all, I feel that the feature gap between android and SFOS has grown so much that it is nearly impossible to catch up with the current state of things. I don’t really see any real roadmap and plan made by jolla and a lot of OS (stock apps) are still closed source which makes it very hard for community to move this OS into brighter future.
For now, I’m keeping my 10 III in drawer and using Xperia 5 IV with android as a daily driver. Until I see some significant progress made regarding HW compatibility with 10 III (echo cancellation fixed, battery usage and other reported stuff) I will not be returning to SFOS.
As a person that runs business I feel what Jolla does currently will eventually kill off SFOS completely. The only way to get back on track is to partner with companies like Volla / Gigaset, fairphone, pinephone and similar which already have a vibrant community and support and opens up ability to ship phones with locked bootloader and overall better user experience.
I feel that sony open source program is just not worth it - by the time OS gets open sourced devices are already 1 year old and hard to buy…
These are just my 2 cents on the matter, I might be wrong but given the current state of things buying sony device + SFOS licence and then have so much bugs and reliability problems is just not worth it.