Ubuntu Touch OTA-18 now available, and still based on Ubuntu 16.04


As scheduled, and a couple of months after the previous update, UBports launched la Ubuntu Touch OTA-18. I'm going to save what I think of a touch version of Ubuntu that, at least on my PineTab, doesn't have any worthwhile applications available, and in this article we are going to focus on the new update. Although the truth is that it continues to disappoint for another reason.

Xenial Xerus was launched more than five years ago, so it has now reached the end of its life cycle. Well, the newly launched OTA-18 still based on Ubuntu 16.04, so you are using a base that was discontinued in April. They keep promising that Ubuntu Touch will be based on Focal Fossa soon, but that has not happened yet and will not happen, at least for another two versions. Below you have a list of the most outstanding novelties that have arrived with this version, and we remember that in PINE64 devices they receive another numbering.

Highlights of Ubuntu Touch OTA-18

  • New supported devices:
    • LG Nexus 5
    • OnePlus One
    • Fairphoney 2
    • LG Nexus 4
    • BQ E5 HD Ubuntu Edition
    • BQ E4.5 Ubuntu Edition
    • Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition
    • Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition
    • BQ M10 (F) HD Ubuntu Edition
    • Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi and LTE)
    • sony xperia x, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XPerformance, Xperia XZ and X
    • Huawei Nexus 6P
    • OnePlus 3 and 3T
    • Xiaomi Redmi 4X
    • Google Pixel 3a
    • OnePlus 2
    • F (x) tec Pro1
    • Xiaomi Redmi 3s / 3x / 3sp (land), Redmi Note 7 and Notes redmi 7 Pro
    • Volla Phone
    • Xiaomi Mi A2
    • Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo + (GT-I9301I)
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • The ground is being prepared to move to based on Ubuntu 20.04, and they have improved Lomiri, some dependencies, fingerprint recognition, among others.
  • Performance has been improved by changing thousands of lines of code.
  • Higher speed overall.
  • Better RAM management.
  • Fixed many bugs.
  • The virtual keyboard now appears automatically when opening a new tab in Morph Browser.
  • Added Ctrl + Alt + T shortcut to open a new terminal.
  • Stickers have been added to the messaging app.
  • Alarms are now snoozed from the time they were snoozed instead of from the start of the alarm. They also do it when we lose them, instead of discarding them.
  • Fixed call audio on Google Pixel 2.

The Ubuntu Touch OTA-18 is now available from the operating system updates section. The OTA-19 will also build on the no longer supported Ubuntu 16.04.

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  1.   Mario said

    It is not for nothing, but this mobile operating system derived from Ubuntu, in my country is a total unknown ...
    Unfortunately they arrived late to the distribution of users of mobile operating systems ...
    and IN my cell phone country with this operating system it is like looking for a ghost, it is not seen anywhere ... And I am not saying that it is good or bad, only that it does not exist as such.
    Greetings, Mario Anaya from Argentina

    1.    pablinux said

      They are similar to most Linux-based mobile operating systems. Maybe Manjaro is winning the game because he has been chosen by PINE64, but there are others who are also active. The bad thing about Ubuntu Touch is that they want to cover a lot and be compatible with many devices, and that makes some things not so much progress.

      We cover it here, but at least right now it's not the best option.

      A greeting.