Hello Linux Geeksters. Canonical has promoted the Ubuntu Touch Image #250, which has been upgraded to Qt 5.2.1 and got updates for Unity 8, ubuntu-download manager, core apps, keyboard and a few others. After the switch to the latest version of Qt, the Ubuntu developers have focused a lot on squashing bugs and finally, a stable image has become available.
Despite the fact that there are some issues (the music app does not play the next song when the screen is turned off, the alarms are not working properly), this image is stable enough to be used, due to the fact that it has passed both the automatic and manual tests.
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).