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#UbuntuPhone  Challenge Day 30 Completed!

EVERYTHING BELOW IS IN REFERENCE TO THE STABLE DEVELOPER VERSION OF #UbuntuPhone NOT THE VERSION THAT COMES PRE-INSTALLED ON THE #BqAquarisE4.5.

Today marks the end of my #UbuntuPhone challenge and I will be happliy moving back to Android Lollipop. Why? Well it's mainly do to the lack of the #UbuntuPhone  ecosystem. #UbuntuPhone  gets the majority of it's "phone smarts" from first party apps and scopes (more on those later) thay heavily tie into third party web services. It needs it's on app/scope ecosystem. 

For instance instead of the #Gmail app, which by the way is nothing more than the mobile version of #Gmail running in a streamlined browser window much like the "desktop web apps" on the desktop version of #Ubuntu, UP needs a dedicated email application that syncs to your gmai, ymail, exchange, apple mail?/imail?, and other imap, and pop email accounts.  Instead of the #GoogleCalendar app, which runs just like the #Gmail  app, UP needs a dedicated calendar app that syncs to your other calendars.

They also need to have more of their first party apps installed by default. I think I went 10 days before finally finding the +Canonical Tasks app.

Aside from that they've got some bugs to work out. Some of which they've already fixed. Sometime near the end of last week [04.15-18.2015] a system update was released that allowed my device to connect to +T-Mobile 's HSPA+ network bands. Some bluetooth issues were also fixed.

But let me get to the apps and scopes. First the scopes. Lets go ahead and call this what it is, full screen scrollable widgets and truth be told they aren't that good. Most aren't very interactive. When you click something it usually opens a browser window. Which leads me to the apps. The only apps I used that weren't web pages running in a stripped-down browser window were the core apps. Things linke the dialer, messaging app, calculator, settings, and Tasks (which I had to install as I mentioned earlier) things of that nature. Every and I mean EVERY other app that I used was a web page running in a stripped browsers window. I didn't see any of these rich beautiful HTML apps that I keep hearing about.

However, because it is a new OS with much potential, I remain excited for #UbuntuPhone  and await the day when I can buy a mid-range or premium device with it pre-installed. They developer stable might not be right but Canonical is definately on the path. Maybe I'll try it again in 6 months or so when 15.10 rolls out.  I already miss the gesture navigation. +Canonical fu@*1ng nailed that.
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#UbuntuPhone Challange Day 30

It's my last required day of #UbuntuPhone and I haven't had to reboot my phone sine the update. Is there a future for #UbuntuPhone.
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#UbuntuPhone Challenge Day 28

First time seeing HSPA+ connection.
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#UbuntuPhone Challenge Day 23

As states earlier I couldn't view my tickets on #UbuntuPhone well the .pdf failed to download and I can't remove it from the notifications.
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Figured it out. Swipe left-to-right on notification and touch delete. Now if I could get the icon color back to normal. 
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#UbuntuPhone Challenge Day 21

And today I feel like an a$$ because I found the refresh button on the browser. It appears when the address bar has focus.
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#UbuntuPhone Challenge Day 19

Haven't seen the lock screen do anything in a while. Thought I'd take a shot of it while its working
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#UbuntuPhone Challenge Day 29

5:37 am and I've sent 5 text messages. Obviously an issue with whatever controls the refrshing/updating of the circle. It did this yesterday as well but I was to quick to unlock the phone when I tried to lock it again and take the screen shot the circle had been updated.
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A bluetooth device connected automagically today!
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#UbuntuPhone Challenge Day 24

I've found that clicking linked posts/articles /webpages embedded in a Google+ post [like the one in the screenshot] on #UbuntuPhone does absolutely nothing.
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#UbuntuPhone Challenge Day 23

I was trying to view some conference tickets, .pdfs, froman email but #UbuntuPhone didn't come with a.pdf viewer. So I downloaded one. When I click the attachment it gives me a selection of apps that handle .pdfs. When I touch the only available option I have nothing happens. The selection screen just disappears.

Now I've got to kill some trees to print tickets to carry to a tech conference!
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#UbuntuPhine Challenge Day 21

Yesterday I realized that browser pages can't be refreshed manually. I find that odd.
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#UbuntuPhone Challenge Day 19

Why did I factory reset #UbuntuPhone? It took me 2 hours to get the mobile data back up. Live and learn
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#UbuntuPhone Challenge Day 18

So I downloaded Help for #UbuntuPhone, an app created by the Ubuntu Core Developers, and it too is a little glitchy. Which is hard to understand because its just a manual. You touch to scroll and use the menu and that's it. Menu selections only load text so I'm not seeing where the lag is coming from.
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