The Ubuntu Touch Image #203 Is Quite Fast And Stable

What’s new:

The developers have started the work for the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Ubuntu Touch, which will get only bug-fixes.

Ubuntu Touch is developed on three branches: Utopic, which is the “stable” branch, the development branch utopic-devel and the RTM branch, which, unlike the two others, is not available for public yet.

So, if you want an Ubuntu Touch version that receives all the new features in time, got for the “stable” branch. And for an Ubuntu Touch with less bugs and crashes, try the Ubuntu RTM.

While new features have been proposed, they have been put on the waiting list until all the bugs got squashed and a stable image got promoted. According to the developers, the Ubuntu Touch Image #203 which has been just released, is the most stable image so far.

Changes, since the previous Ubuntu Touch image has been promoted, except bug-fixes:

  • audio recording has been implemented in the camera-app
  • some on-screen keyboard enhancements for text prediction has been added
  • Mir server 0.6.1 has been implemented and some Unity 8 improvements have been added
  • a feature that allows the user to restore the browsing session has been implemented
  • a new swipe-from-bottom scope view has been implemented
  • the Dialer app got support for the tone generator
  • some indicator changes have been implemented.

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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