Porting Ubuntu Touch for Motorola Photon Q

Introduction

This post describes how to build Ubuntu Touch for Motorola Photon Q. It’s based on the official porting guide. If you face any issues or have doubts, please consult the official porting guide.

Requirements

This guide assumes that you are using Ubuntu Linux as your host OS. All the commands are relevant to Ubuntu only.
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Unlocking the Bootloader of Photon Q

Introduction

Bootloaders basically boot the operating system kernel. They are hardware specific and every manufacturer has its own version of the bootloader, specific for the hardware present in its environment. The bootloader is usually locked on Android devices. It is impossible to flash a custom ROM on a locked device. Unlocking the bootloader allows you to install custom firmware on your phone. Installing Ubuntu Touch requires unlocking the bootloader first.
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Motorola Photon Q

Motorola Photon Q

Motorola Photon Q

I used to have Nokia’s Maemo phone: N900. Maemo is a Linux-based OS. Traditionally Linux has had rich multitasking capabilities and Maemo is not an exception. Multitasking on N900 was the best I ever had on a mobile phone. The hardware QWERTY keyboard was great too. I enjoyed using the N900, but unfortunately Nokia stopped supporting it and I had to move on. I went with the stream and both an Android phone. I’ve been an Android user for a year now, but I always missed the user experience of Maemo and the hardware keyboard of N900.
Ever since Ubuntu started working on Touch I wanted to try it out, because I think that it can be a good replacement for the aging Maemo platform. Unfortunately the developer preview is available only for Nexus devices. I wanted to try Ubuntu on a phone with hardware keyboard, but they are not popular and there are just a few available devices. That is why, when I came across Motorola Photon Q, I did not hesitate and bought it.
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