Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 arrives completing the transition to Lomiri, formerly known as Unity 8

OTA-12 with Lomiri

After 7 months of development and an OTA-11 that I arrive With new features like a smarter keyboard, UBports has had the pleasure of announce the launch of the Ubuntu Touch OTA-12, a project they have been in charge of since Canonical left it. Although it includes noteworthy news, perhaps the most notable is that the transition to lomiri, that is, the renamed Unity 8, in the beginning, because it was more difficult to deal with, both in spoken conversations and in its development.

The Unity numbering that includes this new version is 8.20, but we say this like this to try not to create so much confusion by the name change. They themselves mention it as "Unity8 (Lomiri) 8.20", and it is not that it is called that; is that they want to make it clear to us that their graphical environment no longer includes "Unity" in its name, but they know that it may be too early to start using only "Lomiri". Below you have the list of news that this OTA-12 includes.

News from OTA-12 and its newly released Lomiri

  • Full transition to Unity8, including many changes. It is now called Lomiri and the change in the code will be completed over time.
  • Visual changes to the home screen, the Dash, which now has a blank background, and Drawer as the new list of applications.
  • Automatic tests to find new bugs and repair old ones.
  • Mir 1.2, updated from v0.24 of 2015. This includes support for Wayland, but is not yet activated on Android-based devices. It does work on phones like the PinePhone and the Raspberry Pi.
  • New color palette that offers a better overall contrast.
  • Keyboard improvements, including a swipe at the bottom gesture to switch from the keyboard to the edit layer. If the blank part of the edit layer is double tapped, we will return to cursor and selection mode.
  • Improvements in the Morph browser, such as its private mode or that webapps can now download files.
  • Devices with a multi-color led can now use it to indicate status changes. The led will be flashing orange when the battery is low, solid orange when charging and green when charging is complete.
  • The kernel required for Anbox has been added to the default kernels for the Nexus 5, OnePlus One, and FairPhone 2.
  • The OnePlus One now vibrates correctly when pressing keys.
  • Now they use their own Google OAUTH keys to activate and synchronize Google contacts and calendars.
  • Much more. Full list of changes, here.

To upgrade to this OTA-12 and start using Lomiri, existing users must access the screen System Configuration updates.


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  1.   pablojet said

    I have been following him since the touch project started, I could never test it but I love that he continues this development ...