Hello Linux Geeksters. Lately, the Canonical developers have updated their Unity 8 yet again. While Unity 8 and Mir got support for copy-paste, also the right-edge navigation has been improved. Also, Mir 0.1.5 comes with performance improvements.
For more information, see the official changelog.
For those who don’t know yet, Canonical has been working a lot lately at both, Mir and Unity 8. While the two are already implemented by default on the Ubuntu Touch images, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander and Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr still use the good old Unity 7 and the X.org system.
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. Also, Canonical has recently announced that Meizu and BQ will be the first two Ubuntu Touch phone manufacturers.
Despite the fact that there aren’t a lot of applications for Ubuntu Touch yet available, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth hopes that by the time the first Ubuntu Touch powered phones hit the market, the top 50 Android/iOS apps will be available for Ubuntu Touch.
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).