The new version of Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Focal arrives


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After a period of three months of development, the project UBports announced the launch of the new version of Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Focal, being the fourth version of Ubuntu Touch, is based on the Ubuntu 20.04 base package, unlike previous versions that were based on Ubuntu 16.04.

For those who are still unaware of Ubuntu Touch, you should know that this is a mobile platform distribution originally developed by Canonical which later withdrew and passed into the hands of the UBports project.

Main news of Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Focal

In this new version that is presented of Ubuntu Touch OTA-4, highlights work on privacy improvements, since it is now possible to hide the content of notifications while the device is locked, avoiding uncomfortable situations. This new feature can be enabled in “System Settings > Security and privacy > Lock and unlock > When locked: > Hide notification content”.

Furthermore, in this new version A loading time estimate has been integrated when the screen is locked, the expected time until the battery is charged is displayed. To disable this information, use the “System Settings > Battery > Show Charge” setting.

As well It is now possible to assign a different ringtone for each contact. You can change the call sound by accessing the “Add Field > Ringtone” button while editing the user profile.

Now, when trying to make a debug connection using the adb utility on a new computer that you have not previously connected to the phone, you may see a confirmation prompt before completing the operation.

Have Implemented various improvements and fixes such as customization of vibration signals, so the user can now assign custom vibration signal templates to specific applications. For example, for some notifications, you can set two short vibration signals instead of one long one.

On the other hand, it is highlighted that it was added Support for the following models, Oneplus One and Samsung Galaxy S7, plus stability has been significantly improved with Bluetooth headphones for voice calls

On the part of problem corrections Addressed issues related to camera not working properly after exiting Waydroid. Although these issues have been partially resolved, a significant improvement in user experience is expected.

As well vulnerabilities in the oFono phone battery have been fixed that could have been exploited via SMS, thus improving the overall security of the device.

Of the other changes that stand out of this new version:

  • The standard “Background and Appearance” configurator has the ability to switch between light and dark design themes.
  • The QtWebEngine browser engine has been updated to version 5.15.16.
  • The settings to wake the phone with a double tap have been ensured to be saved between reboots, providing a more consistent user experience.
  • Users now have the ability to remove a background image they have previously added.
  •  Sensitivity settings have been added for gestures linked to the edges of the screen, allowing the response of gestures to be adjusted according to the user's individual preferences.
  • Added a feature to use the hardware button to take photos from the camera.

Finally yes you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details In the following link.

Download and get Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Focal Release

For those interested in being able to try the new version, you should know that the Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Focal update will be available in the coming days for several devices, including the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Fairphone 3/ 4, various models of the Google Pixel , as well as the Vollaphone OnePlus One, Sony Xperia X, Samsung Galaxy S7, Xiaomi Poco/Redmi Note/Pro, among others.

Additionally, there are beta builds for Pine64 PinePhone, PinePhone Pro, PineTab, and PineTab2. Although you can also consult the complete list of supported devices in the following link

For those interested in being able to install the update immediately, they should enable ADB access and run the following command on `adb shell`:

sudo system-image-cli -v -p 0 --progress dots

With this the device should download the update and install it. This process may take a while, depending on your download speed.

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