Ubuntu Touch OTA-19 has already been released and these are its news

Several days ago the release of the new version of Ubuntu Touch OTA-19 was announced which comes with some new changes and especially with bug fixes which some of them were marked as critical.

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 19

This new version of Ubuntu Touch OTA-19 is still based on Ubuntu 16.04 And despite promises from the developers of now being able to move to a new version, the efforts of the developers are still focused on preparing for the transition to Ubuntu 20.04.

From the changes in OTA-19, it is observed that qml-module-qtwebview and libqt5webview5-dev packages have been added to the framework for developing applications, in which components are mapped to use the QtWebEngine engine. For devices that support intermediate branches of Halium 5.1 and 7.1, which provide a low-level layer to simplify hardware support, the ability to access the gyroscope and magnetic field sensors has been added.

While for devices with Halium 9 and 10, these use sensorfw instead of our legacy api-platform and therefore already have support for at least the gyroscope, although the developers comment that for some reasons, the sensor of Magnetic field is not currently exposed correctly, so they will work to fix this.

Another change is in Messenger, in which the automatic display of the on-screen keyboard is disabled, which interfered with the reading of the incoming messages, for which the keyboard was shown with the expectation that the user wanted to write a reply.

Additionally, the output of unnecessary password entry dialogs during the establishment of a wireless connection has been eliminated.

As well fixed a situation that prevented music from being paused when the headphone cable was removed and rather continued playback through the main speaker of the device, quite annoying and also fixed the most critical media-hub error so far which prevented the device from going to sleep when 2 pieces of audio were played in rapid succession , probably also when intertwined with music and system sounds, or whatever combination of triggers there might be. Media-hub was not clearing all requested activation locks correctly, as a result of a device draining the battery very quickly.

Also the camera and screenshot could not reproduce the desired sound effect, This effect came from inside the Android container and the developers replaced with better sound that looks more like the sound of a real camera.

Another bug that was fixed was on the Pixel 3a, since in this device shutdown no longer hangs the device, resulting in a complete battery drain, and also the proximity sensor now works correctly during calls. Also, video recording had trouble capturing sound correctly in some situations, resulting in a frozen camera app. That could also fix other devices with the same problem.

Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it About this new released version, you can check the details in the following link.

Get Ubuntu Touch OTA-19

For those who are interested in this new Ubuntu Touch OTA-18 update, you should know that it has support for OnePlus One, Fairphone 2, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Meizu MX4 / PRO 5, VollaPhone, Bq Aquaris E5 / E4.5 / M10 , Sony Xperia X / XZ, OnePlus 3 / 3T, Xiaomi Redmi 4X, Huawei Nexus 6P, Sony Xperia Z4 tablet, Google Pixel 3a, OnePlus Two, F (x) tec Pro1 / Pro1 X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo + (GT-I9301I).

For existing Ubuntu Touch users on the stable channel they will receive the OTA update through the System Configuration Updates screen.

While, in order to receive the update immediately, just enable ADB access and run the following command on 'adb shell':

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

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


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