April 29, 2022 - Bobcat pushed the latest OTA update at 2:00 PDT on 4/29/2022.
The following updates occurred in this OTA:
Bobcat firmware version bumped to 126.96.36.199
Helium firmware version updated to 2022.04.27.0_GA
This is a Helium software-only update and no changes were made to the Bobcat firmware other than a version bump.
This release is mandatory for all Hotspot Makers as it contains Light Hotspot software, and when activated via chain variable will change how Hotspots receive challenges, remove block sync from Hotspots, and stabilize Hotspot performance. This will allow the approved HIP 55 https://github.com/helium/HIP/blob/main/0055-validator-challenges.md chain variable to be activated and prepare for the activation of Light Hotspots.
What to expect on activation day, as of now scheduled on 5/11/2022:
* Hotspots will stop following the chain
* Hotspots will connect to a Validator
* Hotspots will receive challenges from Validators
* Hotspots will beacon, witness, and transfer packets.
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