We have previously written that the Ubuntu Touch OTA 4 (which has not been released yet) will bring a huge list of interesting fixes and new features.
New information about this Ubuntu Touch update has been revealed in the mailing lists. Łukasz ‘sil2100’ Zemczak:
“The landing gates are officially closed for OTA-4 and QA will now be signing-off all the remaining, testing-ready silos. As mentioned in the announcement, we will try to build our first promotion candidate starting tomorrow. Fixes still expected to land are for instance: the alarm regression fix, new unity8 (mostly desktop-mode stuff), automatic brightness fixes and much more. There’re around nine silos still in the queue – lots of good stuff,”
Highlights of the OTA 4 (from what we know so far):
- the code base will switch to Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet
- support for USB Tethering and NFC will be added
- .M3U playlists will be supported
- support for video playback under the lockscreen will been added
- a Private Browsing mode for the default internet browser
- phone-specific optimizations will be created
For now, Ubuntu Touch is available by default on the BQ Aquaris E4.5 and Meizu MX4 (Ubuntu Editions) and officially supported on the LG Nexus 5, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that the mobile phone vendors are queuing to release Ubuntu phones and that a new Ubuntu phone will be released later this year.