UBPorts took over the development of Ubuntu Phone some time ago. A project that Canonical abandoned or left in the hands of the Community and unlike other projects, UBPorts and Ubuntu Phone continue better than ever. They have recently launched a monthly newsletter on the official website of the project where they talk about the status of the project and recent news, which are many.
Ubuntu Phone is not only moving forward but has diversified its development channels, creating an experimental repository for those who dare with the most risky or for whose devices have not yet finished development.
OTA-2 continues to develop, and may be ready later this month. This new update not only corrects bugs but also incorporates an update to its Oxide web engine that corresponds to version 58 of Chrome. The intention of the Ubuntu Phone development team is to release one RC version every week, making the development of Ubuntu Phone for terminals more effective.
Regarding the terminals with Ubuntu Phone, we know that Meizu Pro 5 will become part of the active development of UBPorts, incorporating the next big release that will be based on Ubuntu 16.04. Regarding the BQ terminals, UBPorts has been talking with BQ to open them but so far it cannot be done due to some restrictions that BQ has on the devices, although it is positive that both the company and the developers have an active communication.
In addition to these developments, UBPorts is looking for developers who know the C ++, Go, Vala, QML or C languages, to create and maintain apps, apps like Dekko that is being helped by the project to stay within Ubuntu Phone.
UBPorts not only is looking for developers but is open to donations and has created a podcast where they talk about the Community and the Ubuntu Phone Project. Elements that Ubuntu Phone or Ubuntu Touch did not have before and that undoubtedly help to develop the operating system and the Ubuntu Phone ecosystem.
Thus, it seems that development is taking a good path, a path that Canonical should have followed instead of asking for the amount of money it was asking for and closing its developments to the Community. Unfortunately the number of devices is still minimal but they only take a year, so next year the number of devices may increase considerably Do not you think?