Hello Linux Geeksters. After being quiet a lot of time about making Ubuntu Touch compatible with the Google Nexus 5 smartphone, Canonical has officially announced that they won’t create mobile Ubuntu images for Nexus 5 before Ubuntu 14.04 will be released. And both the mobile and desktop versions of Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr are scheduled to be released on the 17th of April 2014.
Canonical’s words exactly:
“Ubuntu Engineering (UE) will _continue to focus on the Nexus 4 phone platform_ and will _not adopt the new Nexus 5 platform_ short term (before 14.04 is out),” said Alexander Sack, the engineering director for the Ubuntu Core team.
“We decided against moving to the latest Nexus phone, because the switching costs were simply too high taking our current engineering goals/agenda/needs for 14.04 into account,” also said Alexander Sack.
Also, in order to create well optimized Ubuntu Touch versions for Google Nexus 4 (smartphone) and Google Nexus 7 2013 (tablet), the developers have dropped the support for Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 10 and Google Nexus 7 2012.
Now, the Ubuntu Touch developer’s main focus is to improve the Ubuntu Touch emulator for both ARM and x86 architectures, in order to allow the developers to test their Ubuntu Touch applications and to incorporate Android 4.4 KitKat, by the end of January.