The UBports Foundation, currently responsible for Ubuntu Touch, announced a call for tests for the next software update, the final version of which is scheduled to be released today, July 14, 2021 if all goes according to plan. It is the OTA-18 (Over The Air update) of this operating system for Ubuntu Phone. It promises several performance improvements and also updated apps.
Ubuntu Touch OTA-18 promises to be another maintenance update for the mobile OS developed by UBports with which you can enjoy the Linux experience in compatible mobile devices., like the Spanish bq that includes several compatible devices in the list, such as the Aquaris E4.5.
Improvements can be variable, some due to better optimization of RAM usage. In addition, Ubuntu Touch OTA-18 will feature updated messaging apps with sticker support and improved message storage. It will also have an updated Morph web browser with the ability to open a new tab from an existing one, support for keyboard view in blank tabs, and local browsing history.
Each timers and alarms they have also been improved with this update. Missed alarms can now be postponed by default. The media-hub service has also been rewritten to play audio and video content, making it easier now.
Meanwhile UBports It is also working on the migration of Ubuntu Touch to the base of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa), and they are developing a tool called UBports Platform Development Kit that will integrate useful programs for developers who want to test the next images of this operating system on a machine. virtual on Linux, both on x86 and ARM64 (macOS) architectures.
More information and downloads of the OTA Ubuntu Touch - Official website of the UBports Foundation
About the UBports Platform Development Kit tool - See Github site