UBPorts has just released Ubuntu Touch 20.04 OTA-2 based on Ubuntu 20.04 with three new phones supported namely the Fairphone 3, the Volla Phone X23, and F(x)tec Pro1 X with the latter being introduced in 2020 in a crowdfunding campaign claiming Ubuntu Touch support.
Ubuntu Touch was initially an initiative by Canonical for desktop/mobile convergence, but when the company decided to refocus its efforts on cloud and IoT, the UBPorts community took over and eventually outed the first stable Ubuntu Touch release in June 2017. Work has continued since then and with the Ubuntu Touch 20.04 OTA-2 release, the community-supported distribution now supports 15 smartphones with the Fairphone 4, Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL, Oneplus 5 and 5T, OnePlus 6 and 6T, Vollaphone and Vollaphone X, Vollaphone 22, Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Poco M3, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and 7 Pro, besides the three new mobile devices added to OTA-2.
The official announcement also lists some new features to the System Settings app:
- The layout of a few pages (e.g. Sound) has been adjusted to be more consistent.
- You can now delete the custom background images you’ve added, in case you don’t want to have that background image anymore.
- You can now adjust the sensitivity of the edge gestures in Lomiri. If you install a case or a bumper on your device, you can now increase the width of the edge area or decrease it. The new settings can be found in System Settings > Gestures. Available for devices that support double tap to wake for now.
- You can now use the physical camera button to shoot the photo.
- When requesting a file from the File Manager app over Content Hub, the app opens more smoothly.
There’s also a long list of bug fixes with, for instance, the ability to reset APN settings to the default value, improvement to the hotspot function stability, video playback fixed on some MediaTek-based devices, improved reliability of Bluetooth availability after a reboot, and so on.
Existing Ubuntu Touch installations should get the update automatically, and new users who want to try it out on their device can check out the download links and instructions at devices.ubuntu-touch.io.
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