Hello Linux Geeksters. A while ago, the Canonical developers have stopped promoting Ubuntu Touch images (from image #134 to image #137) lately, due to 3 performance regressions.
Today, they have started promoting Ubuntu Touch images yet again, releasing the 141st Ubuntu Touch ISO. Among others, Image #141 also comes with an updated messaging app, that got support for status, retry, delivery and SMS confirmation. For more information, see the mailing lists yourself.
It is very good that the Ubuntu developers stop promoting Ubuntu Touch updates when they spot regressions, in order not to build upon a buggy base and do not needed work.
For those who don’t know, Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu. While the initial plan was to make it available for all the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, the developers have drop the support for Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 10, Ubuntu Touch being available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet.
Despite the fact that the first stable version of Ubuntu Touch was based on Ubuntu 13.10, the development has switched to Ubuntu 14.04 and the latest Ubuntu Touch images are quite stable.
Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015). Also worth mentioning: most likely the first smartphone with Ubuntu Touch pre-installed will be released in 2015 and will not be manufactured by Meizu, despite what was rumored.