Ubuntu Touch is Still Alive and Getting Updates

Ubuntu Touch
Written by Hassan Abbas

The open source project UBports announced the release of the long-awaited new version of the mobile platform Ubuntu Touch – OTA-4 RC. According to the development team, this is an important update, since the latest build is based on the operating system Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus LTS with long-term support.

As you know, previous Ubuntu Touch builds were based on Ubuntu version 15.04 Vivid Vervet, which is not officially supported by Canonical from 2016. The new Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 allowed UBports to switch from the obsolete Ubuntu 15.04 database to using not the most modern but up-to-date database Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The LTS release status means that the developer company will maintain the operating system until 2021, and with it, UBports will also be able to continue to update the mobile Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Touch

Ubuntu Touch

Ubuntu Touch in its current form is still unstable and has a number of known problems. In particular, developers note an unoptimized browser and the need to recompile Ubuntu Touch applications, originally designed to run on Ubuntu 15.04. However, the release candidate Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 is available for all previously supported smartphones and tablets, including OnePlus One, Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, Fairphone 2, Meizu Pro 5 and MX4 and most BQ tablets.

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Recall, Canonical announced the termination of support and the completion of the development of the Ubuntu Touch project in the spring of 2017. Since then, the operating system for smartphones is developed by third-party developers from UBports.

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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