Hello Linux Geeksters. As a reminder, Canonical has announced that Ubuntu Touch has been installed on 10.000 devices, most probably Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, while the first Ubuntu smartphones have not been made available yet. Also worth mentioning, the developers have proposed to create a special RTM (release-to-manufacturer) branch, for bringing stability improvements to Ubuntu Touch.
Also, Canonical has resumed the promotion of new Ubuntu Touch images. The new image comes with enhanced Dialer (dialer-app), Contacts (address-book-app) and Messaging (messaging-app) applications, the Dialer using the folder background concept, while Contacts got some visual improvements.
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, now based on Ubuntu 14.10, being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet. (Nexus 5 is not yet support by Ubuntu Touch.) The first Ubuntu Touch powered phones are scheduled to be released this year, in Europe by BQ and on the Chinese market by Meizu, one Asia’s leading smartphone manufacturers.
Due to the fact that Ubuntu Touch is not yet stable enough to be used on mobile devices, the Canonical developers are planning to release a RTM (release-to-manufacturer) branch, where they will be focused on bug-fixes and stability improvements, and not the implementation of new features.
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).