Hello Linux Geeksters. Due to some performance regressions, Canonical has put the release of new Ubuntu Touch images on hold. Only one image has been promoted in the latest days, coming with enhancements for Android 4.4.2, improvements for lxc-android-config in order to offer support on Nexus 7 (2013) and an overwritten usensord for setting the brightness manually.
Didier Roche has announced in the mailing lists that the problems are caused by a random qmlscene crash and so, the new images do not pass the automated tests.
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.
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.