If I have to be completely honest, I write this article because the central theme of this blog is Ubuntu, for the users of the community who may be interested and because I have a tablet with this operating system, but the truth is that, right now, I would not recommend it. Personal preferences aside, the news is that UBports He has launched the OTA-17 Ubuntu Touch, an update that brings even less news than the one released about two months ago.

UBports mentions that, as in every release, support has been added for new devices, specifically the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi 3s / 3x / 3sp. They have also used the moment to remind us that they are working on making the leap to base the operating system on Ubuntu 20.04, the latest LTS version. If all goes well, that moment will come in summer. Below you have a list of the most outstanding news that have arrived with OTA-17.

Highlights of Ubuntu Touch OTA-17

  • Support for NFC, specifically in most of those that are compatible with Android 9.
  • The flash, zoom, rotation and focus of the camera have been corrected on many devices, not the PineTab, and hence part of my disenchantment with this operating system.
  • New layer for the keyboard called Macedonian.
  • Fixed keyboard prediction for Swiss French and some for English.
  • Libertine now works correctly on the OnePlus 3.
  • Compatibility improvements with some Pixels.
  • Compatibility improvements with online accounts on some devices.
  • Mir 1.8.1 (was at 1.2.0).

According to UBports, while they were working to launch OTA-17 they have made a lot of progress to make the leap to being based on Ubuntu 20.04, but OTA-18 will continue to be based on Xenial Xerus. It will be a small release, like this one, but the next one will probably be based on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.