Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical has recently released a stable version of Ubuntu Touch, based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, which will switch to Kernel 3.13 RC 1 soon.
Canonical has released another three consecutive Ubuntu Touch images and from now on, they will upload newer versions of the Ubuntu mobile OS more often. The latest Ubuntu Touch updates include fixes for all the Network Manager crashes:
“We have first the glib commit revert and can confirm that we have no more network-manager crashes. We had a new SDK release, some new indicator-power and apparmor changes,” said Canonical’s Didier Roche in the mailing lists.
As usual, the easiest way to get the latest Ubuntu Touch images on your Ubuntu compatible device is by using the OTA updates. Like this:
$ adb shell system-image-cli -c trusty -b 0 -v
Canonical aims to include Mir and Unity 8 updates in the future Ubuntu Touch versions. The Ubuntu developers don’t plan to abandon the development of Mir, since it will be still running on the next versions of Ubuntu Touch. After one of the latest updates, Mir got official support for the most important Android GPU vendors: AMR Tali T-604 GPU used on Nexus 10, Qualcomm Adreno 320 used on Nexus 4, Nvidia Tegra 3 used on Nexus 7 and PowerVR graphics used on Samsung Galaxy, via the libhybris open-source library.
For now, Ubuntu Touch is officially supported only on the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, despite the fact that it has been experimenally ported on OPPO Find 5, Pantech Vega Iron, Xperia Tablet Z and many other phones/tablets. The first stable version of Ubuntu Touch, based on Ubuntu 13.10, has been officially optimized to work on LG Nexus 4, but it is not mature enough to compete with Android yet. After the latest Mir update, Ubuntu Touch can be successfully installed on all the existing Google Nexus devices: LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, except Nexus 5.