Ubuntu Touch: Canonical Is Focusing On The RTM Branch. The Scope Management Experience Has Been Improved

What’s new #1: Canonical is now focusing on the RTM (release to manufacturing) branch of Ubuntu Touch.

As you may know, Canonical is developing Ubuntu Touch on three different branches: a stable branch, a devel branch and a RTM branch.

While new features and changes are first tested on the devel branch and get moved to the stable one when they are stable enough, the RTM branch does not get new features, only security and stability fixes.

While there is no official release date for the Ubuntu Touch powered phones, they should be released this Autumn, if everything goes as scheduled.

What’s new #2: Ubuntu Touch got improved scope management.

As you may know, the Scopes are a form of home screen experience, offering data-specific content of an internet service or website, being integrated the Unity desktop. While the Amazon scope helps the users to easily search and buy projects, the Weather Channel scopes provides weather forecasts and the Grooveshark scope allows the users to easily listed to music, on Grooveshark.

The latest Ubuntu Touch images have received a new gesture that helps the users to jump to a screen easier by pulling up from the bottom of the screen and tap on the tile of the screen, instead of swiping your way through.

The new gesture’s functionality is demoed in the below video:

The story so far:

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.

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