Recently the team of UBPorts has released a new version of Ubuntu Phone, the mobile system that Ubuntu has abandoned. This new version not only updates the operating system but also notably improves mobiles with this operating system, providing them with tools that many Gnu / Linux users requested from Ubuntu for their mobiles and tablets.
The new version has been called OTA-1, following the Canonical nomenclature but restarting the update version numbering. And surprisingly, this OTA-1 will be available for all devices except for the Nexus 4 and 5 that will have to wait to receive their updates.
The UBPorts team has not only released this update for all official Ubuntu Phone devices but has made small "big" modifications. Among these modifications is the inclusion of OpenStore, a free store from which we can download apps for our smartphone.
An experimental AGPS system has been incorporated that will replace the previous one, making possible the arrival of a better geolocation system. The welcome screen has also been modified being something more similar to MATE Welcome or Linux Mint Welcome than to the Android screen. And finally, the user will have from day one a terminal and a file managerVery useful tools for those of us who are Gnu / Linux users and that Ubuntu Phone had but disabled by default.
The UBPorts developers are also working on the Halium project, a project that aims to unify all operating systems or at least with regard to their apps. And it seems that soon the old mobiles with Ubuntu Phone will be able to run Android apps. In any case, before this comes, we must receive the OTA-1 for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, which will be something closer or maybe not?