Software update Kola Nut 1.8

This is what we tend to forget here in the forum sometimes. It does not occur to us, that people do not want to dive into the system and fiddle around. On the other hand, maybe it should be communicated more that the FP is rooted and therefore it is easier to generate issues. With an unrooted phone, nobody would even think of problems with Google Apps.

It has been reported, that the Fairphone updater searches for new updates too often. Now it also might be confused because of the postponing of the update. Did you try clearing the cache of the app Fairphone Updater? Does this make any difference?

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“Quick access” menu resets after each restart after the update to 1.8. I add apps (in my case: phone, message, carema, hangouts), turn off the phone, turn it back, and all four slots are empty. Any suggestions?

It hasn’t happened again since this morning. (Or rather I haven’t observed it happening again)
Cleared the app cache now. Will get back to you in case it does happen again.

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For me, clearing the cache didn’t work. But when it tries to download/check for updates, I get an error message about a wrong signature and a file it couldn’t download. This message appeared also before clearing the cache…

The updater in 1.8 is indeed making to many requests we are aware of that.

@Kris_S The updater stores its update configuration in /mnt/sdcard/updater; as a result of that, clearing the cache (and clearing application data) doesn’t always help. Removing the content of /mnt/sdcard/updater using the file manager does :stuck_out_tongue:


I already reported on this in a separate thread but 1.8 was a disaster update for me and I am now back on 1.6.

The issues were:

  • Google Mail didn’t sync new e-mail even after repeated account deletions, app cache and data clearance, app reinstalls, gapps reinstalls…
  • Bluetooth completely broken with the bluetooth stack breaking down and becoming unresponsive after the phone was disconnected from my car’s hands-free system (same issue on two different cars). Only solution was a reboot. Multiple times a day. I guess trying to fix other bluetooth issues introduced a whole bag of new ones…

I upgraded to 1.8 and it all went reasonably well. I did read the email explaining the update well before updating so I took screenshots of my screens. My biggest surprise was to find only 3 screens, but a 1 minute google search explained me how to easily solve this. The icons could be smaller but don’t botter me that much. Overall I am quite happy with the new update and I like the new launcher.

So my question is, on a next update, are the users that are happy with kola nut being forced back to the old launcher and having to configure the shortcuts again? Probably most people posting here have a negative exerience and maybe there is even a bigger silent majority that doesn’t post here because they are happy with the update.

Of course I haven’t been able to test everything, so I don’t know if the battery issue is really fixed or if bluetooth hands free is still working, but if so, I think it was worth it, so thank you Fairphone team!


Oh, incidentally: later on, maybe at the time of the coming update, it’d be useful (to the commoner at least :wink: ) to briefly explain where all of these big update downloads remain sitting afterwards in the phone, so one can delete the old ones…
If I understand correctly, at this moment my FP still has two flavors of the FP OS plus one of the standard Android sitting somewhere, waiting for the next one :smile:

Good point. I like the new launcher as well, apart from the bigger icons and the fact it doesn’t go to the home panel after boot. But if those issues are changed/fixed, I definitely prefer it over the old one.


Hi all
I did the upgrade the night it came out. It went the same way as the upgrade to 1.6 (meaning reinstall GAPP and reconfigure all the panels. Luckily all the apps stayed and stayed configured.
I like the new bigger icons very much, even without my glasses =-). For me this is a big plus.
The new panels were getting used to, to me it was intuitive how to use. The only thing I’m not shure about is does not go back to the home screen after reboot. Don’t now about the Bluetooth stack as I don’t use it very often.
GPS functionality seems to be the same, alas not better. (i takes ages to get a fix).

Short: I’m staying on 1.8.
A little wish: make the panels go round when you go to to the most left or right, so you don’t have to swipe back all the way.

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My experience is that you after a reboot always start at the leftmost screen. So I guess you must set this up as your ‘home screen’, i.e. with the apps you want to have available to begin with. But again, tapping the ‘home’ button might send you somewhere else. I’m not sure about this, since this was one of the reasons for me to revert to the old launcher.

The home screen which appears, when you press the home button, is the middle one.

Cannot confirm this. My GPS fixes in under 15 seconds now!!! :smiley:

But only when you didn’t move to an other position (more than 10 km) and when you have mobile data connection always online.

What I want to say with this: Time to GPS fix depends on a lot of conditions and configuration. In a discussion about “time to fix” it would be helpful to know these conditions…

Yes, I forgot to add that I installed FP1-EPO-Autodownload, as the built-in-downlaod was deactivated with the 1.8 update (for being faulty).

There are some people in this rather extensive thread (like @Mirjam ) who were/are looking for help. They may have not found it here, as too many things are discussed at the same time.

Since tempers were a bit high, I suggest we actively search for those who still need help?

(@Mirjam, you need to provide more info - and I suggest you open a new topic if you still got problems.)


I still got problems. I tried to install the update, after that a lot of things were gone from my phone, but I still got a message saying "Can't open file". So I can't install playstore etc.etc.

texting lost the swipe function, some apps are gone (besides the google ones), and erratic glitching (spooky commands when nothing is touched) seems to have increased.


btw: can I respond in Dutch?

Er zijn best een aantal nederlandse mensen hier op het forum, dus je zult wel antwoord krijgen op vragen in het Nederlands.

English translation:
There are quite a few Dutch people on this forum, so you’ll probably get an answer to questions in Dutch.

I put some thought into the layout of my home screen. Any chance of keeping that and still get at least the security updates?

If you haven’t installed 1.8 yet then you should wait a little bit longer for FairPhone to come up with a new update. I don’t know what they’re planning to do but they’ve put the 1.8 update on hold so they can come up with a solution for the problems with the new launcher.