Canonical Has Stopped Promoting Ubuntu Touch Images Yet Again, Due To Some Unity 8 Regressions And QMLScene Crashes

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical did not promote any stable version of Ubuntu Touch for a while, because they have been working at the Android 4.4 compatibility.

Canonical Has Stopped Promoting Ubuntu Touch Images Yet Again, Due To Some Unity 8 Regressions And QMLScene Crashes

While image #208 got fixes for the alarm app and image #209 contains a libhydris change to protect bionic propreties call, these two images have not been made available yet.

Now, Canonical is struggling to fix some Unity 8 issues, the QMLScene crash that made them stop promoting Ubuntu Touch images in the past, and other regressions regarding the terminal app, the Gallery, Camera, Alarm and a bunch others.

After they will find solutions for the listed issues, they will most likely promote Ubuntu Touch Images yet again.

Worth mentioning, Canonical has recently created more Unity Scopes for Unity 8. Also a Scopes Store is available, in order to enable the users to easily download and use the new scopes.

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 dropped the support for Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 10, Ubuntu Touch being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet. Also, Canonical has recently announced that Meizu and BQ will be the first two Ubuntu Touch phone manufacturers.

While there aren’t a lot of applications for Ubuntu Touch yet available, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth hopes that by the time the first Ubuntu Touch powered phones hit the market, the top 50 Android/iOS apps will be available for Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu Touch uses Unity 8 as the default desktop environment, which recently got new Unity Scopes and a Scopes Store, a feature that is not yet available on Ubuntu 14.04 for desktop.

Also worth mentioning, 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).

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