Like Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu Touch Has Also Reached The Feature Freeze

Hello Linux Geeksters. The latest two Ubuntu Touch Images have been released, but they were not stable enough to pass the automatic and manual tests and so they did not get promoted.

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Like Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu Touch Has Also Reached The Feature Freeze

Now, Ubuntu Touch has reached the feature freeze state and the developers will focus on fixing bugs only, for now. Among others, a new gallery-app has been added, a bunch of performance tweaks have been added to the history-service, platform fixes have been implemented and the address-book-app fix for contacts is not visible anymore.

Also, Mir has been updated, while Unity 8 received both enhancements and new scopes.

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 being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet.

Until now, there aren’t a lot of applications for Ubuntu Touch 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.

While Canonical is working its own email client for Ubuntu Touch (based on Trojita), a Telegram client specially optimized for Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 is on the way, so the Ubuntu Touch app ecosystem is still growing.

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).

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