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:
- 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.