Because Ubuntu Touch is a relatively young operating system, it lacks a lot of important applications, including GPS navigation (and WhatsApp).
But a GPS Navigation application is already in the works. Marcos Costales, a third party developer and Ubuntu enthusiast has started the development for such an app some time ago, and a final version of the GPS software should become available for download by the end of the month.
While the developers have access to the phone’s GPS hardware, developing such a complex software is not easy, and unfortunately, this is not among the priorities of the Ubuntu developers.
The app was published on the Ubuntu Store only for 8 hours and got downloaded by 103 users, which is quite promising, if you ask me.
We will publish more information about this when a stable version of Marcos’ GPS software becomes available.
As a reminder, Ubuntu Touch is officially supported on the Nexus 4 smartphone, and installed by default on the Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and Meizu MX4 Ubuntu, which are the first Ubuntu phones available.