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  1. We've been informed by UBports' Marius Gripsgård about the public availability of a new project called Anbox, which promises to let users run Android applications on top of their existing GNU/Linux distribution. While currently supported only on Ubuntu, Anbox is described by its creator as a container-based approach to boot a complete and fully working Android operating system on a regular GNU/Linux distro. The project makes use of the LXC (Linux Containers) technologies to allow users to run any Android application. Anbox also ensure integration of all Android apps into the existing desktop environment of your GNU/Linux distribution, making them look and feel like any other native Linux app. Additionally, Linux namespaces are used to isolate the Android operating system from the host. "Back in 2015 I started working on a prototype of what I call Anbox today. It was born out of the idea of putting Android into a simple container based on LXC and bridging relevant parts over to the host operating system while not allowing any access to real hardware or user data," said Simon Fels in the announcement. To provide support for Android apps that need OpenGL ES, the Anbox project appears to borrow parts of the code from the official Android emulator implementation, which it uses to serialize the command stream that's being sent over to the host machine to be mapped on existing OpenGL or OpenGL ES implementations. Coming soon to OnePlus One Ubuntu Phone devices According to Marius Gripsgård's latest Google+ post, it would appear that support for Android apps will be implemented on various of the Ubuntu Phone devices maintained at UBports with the help of Anbox. The first device to receive support for running Android applications will be OnePlus One. However, the Anbox developer informs the community that his project is still in an early phase of development, which means that unexpected crashes or other annoyances are to be expected. The source code is available for download right now from GitHub page of the project along with detailed installation instructions, or from the official website. Check out Anbox in action in the video below! Source
  2. Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 Are Not Dead, UBports Community Will Keep Them Alive More devices will be transformed into Ubuntu Phones soon In early February, the developer announced that he and his team at UBports managed to successfully port Canonical's Ubuntu OS to the Fairphone 2 modular smartphone, joining the OnePlus One and Nexus 5 ports. Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Phone devices were showcased at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 in Barcelona. He also planned on porting Ubuntu Touch to the Nexus 6, Nexus 10, Oneplus X, and Optimus L90 devices in the months to follow, but yesterday's announcement published by Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth on dropping Unity 8 development shattered the entire Ubuntu Phone community. Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 will be kept alive by the UBports team Marius Gripsgård had a different reaction from what we've seen lately from users and developers alike, and he posted a message on his Google+ account announcing that he'll do everything in his power to keep both Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 alive for as long as he can. "I'm not giving up! I will do my best to keep Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 standing on both its legs! It will be hard," said Marius Gripsgård. "The Ubuntu Touch wheel is still spinning, and it has enough momentum to spin until we start spinning it with hopefully with greater force." In the coming weeks, the UBports founder will soon publish more details about his and he's team plans to keep Canonical's Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system alive. We can't wait to see what the developer has in store next for Ubuntu Phone users, so stay tuned on Softpedia Linux for the latest news. Source
  3. Canonical to Stop Developing Unity 8, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Ships with GNOME Desktop Ubuntu Phone and convergence plans are put on hold If memory recalls, last year during an Ubuntu Online Summit event, Mark Shuttleworth said that a small team of Ubuntu developers would develop and test the upcoming Unity 8 desktop environment for desktop, and if they find it as reliable as Unity 7 is these days, then, and only then, it will become the default for future Ubuntu Linux releases. During these last months, Unity 8 wasn't received very well by the Ubuntu community, and its media coverage was almost non-existent. Personally, I could not even try the Unity 8 session that's available as a preview on the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release on any of my computers. However, Unity 8 showed to be quite innovative on the Ubuntu Phone/Tablet devices. But things don't always go as they're planned, and it now looks like Canonical will stop investing in Unity 8, as well as the Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Convergence. "I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS," said Mark Shuttleworth in today's announcement. Going back to the roots Yes, you're reading it right, and we're as shocked as you are. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the next long-term support release of the popular Ubuntu operating system is shipping with the GNOME desktop environment instead of Unity 7. It's true that Unity 7, which is based on the GNOME Stack, was always a step or two behind the development of the GNOME desktop, and it always offered users a very old Nautilus file manager. Things have changed in this regard now, and the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system will contain many of the components from the recently released GNOME 3.24 Stack, though, Nautilus is still kept at the 3.20.x branch due to the obvious incompatibilites with the Ubunty 7 desktop. The switch to the GNOME desktop could be made right after the release of Ubuntu 17.04 on April 13, 2017. Unity 8 and the Ubuntu Convergence vision are no longer the future of computing that Canonical and Ubuntu founder once thought once thought it was. "I was wrong on both counts," reveals Mark Shuttleworth. "In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a ‘better the devil you know’ approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms." From here onwards, Canonical will concentrate their efforts on cloud (OpenStack, LXD, Kubernetes, Juju, MAAS, BootStack) and IoT (Internet of Things), as Ubuntu Linux appears to be the most used operating system on both private and public cloud infrastructures. The Snappy technologies will also be developed, for now, as they have a strong community and bring revenue to Canonical's doorsteps. Source
  4. uNav 0.64 Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation App Now Available for Ubuntu Phones Map viewer and GPS navigator for car, bike and walking uNav 0.64 comes four months after version 0.63, which was a minor update improving the simulator, adding support for skipping confirmation of routes, rounding off the distance to the nearest turn in guidance mode, fixing the '¿¿¿' string in POI names, adding CartoDB layers, as well as a bash script to generate translations. Not that uNav 0.64 is a major release, but it looks like it adds some improvements than the previous version. Among these, we can mention centering on POI (Point of Interest) in search instead of in an area, correct roundabout of arrow directions for some countries, and Breton voice support. Available now for all Ubuntu Phone users uNav 0.64 also attempts to improve the out-of-the-box experience for newcomers by fixing the main window, which appeared to be unnecessarily large, spicing up the "empty state" of the application, remove "hairdresser" from the POI list, as well as to rename various translation files. If you're the proud owner of an Ubuntu Phone and you're running the latest version of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system (OTA-14), you should find the new uNav 0.64 release on the Ubuntu Store. Existing users can update the application right now through the usual channels. For those unfamiliar with uNav, it's an online and offline map viewer and GPS navigator powered by OpenStreetMap and Mapzen. It features convergence support, which means that you can use it on a desktop too if you're Ubuntu Phone can be converged. The app offers turn-by-turn navigation for bikes, cars, and walking. Source
  5. Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 Officially Released with Revamped Unity 8 Interface, Fixes Available now for all supported Ubuntu Phone/Table devices Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 has been in development for the past two and a half months, but it focuses on fixing bugs than adding new features. Probably the most exciting thing implemented in the OTA-14 update is a revamped Unity 8 design that sports a brand-new task manager with support for fuzzy backgrounds and app icons. "This time not so many changes released in overall but with the goal of introducing less regressions. Also, the commit log for this release isn't too verbose due to multiple different cherry-picking we had todo during the release. Possibly the best way to know what changed is looking at the Launchpad milestone," said Lukasz Zemczak. Oxide 1.17 and Opus audio codec support have landed Also new in the Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 update is version 1.17 of the Chromium-based Oxide web engine library, as well as Opus audio codec support, which was implemented in the qt-multimedia package. Among the improvements, we can mention that SMS notifications should now be displayed when the device is locked. Other than that, the device should no longer appear off during an image update, some alarm issues have been fixed, and it looks like vibrations will work again when other vibrations are enabled. There are various other small fixes, and for more details we recommend studying the full changelog on the Launchpad page of the OTA-14 milestone. Meanwhile, you can check your Ubuntu Phone or Tablet device to see if the Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 is available, as it has been released as a phased update, which means that it might take up to 24 hours to land in all regions. If you do not see the update, check again in a few hours, but by tomorrow, December 8, everyone should have it. Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 is currently supported on BQ Aquaris E4.5, BQ Aquaris E5, BQ Aquaris M10, BQ Aquaris M10 HD, Meizu MX4, Meizu PRO 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 devices. Please note that the x86 emulator images don't work on Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) hosts. Check out the release notes for more details! Source
  6. Canonical Show Off Converged Terminal App Design Reshaping the classic terminal app to fit multi-form factor world isn’t easy, but it’s the task that the Canonical Design team face as part of their work on Unity 8. Today, they’ve offered up a small glimpse at their design thinking in a blog post. Canonical’s Jouni Helminen explains: “On the visual side, we have brought the app in line with our Suru visual language. We have also adopted the very nice Solarized palette as the default palette.” The re-design proposes making a number of improvements to the Terminal core app currently available to install on Ubuntu phone and tablet, including the addition of features that cater to the desktop use case: Keyboard shortcuts Customisable touch/keyboard shortcuts Split screen (horizontally, vertically) option Customisable color palette Window transparency (on desktop) Unlimited history/scrollback ‘Find’ action for searching history On desktop and tablets the Terminal will sport a “visually persistent” tab bar (i.e one that’s on show all the time). On mobile, terminal tabs will be moved to the bottom edge, similar to the web-browser app. Tab behaviour aside, the proposed Terminal re-design for the Ubuntu Phone isn’t hugely dissimilar to the way the app looks now, with a different colour scheme and some new icons. Quick mobile access to shortcuts and commands Custom command shortcuts on the mobile redesign Using the Terminal app on the Ubuntu Phone is a novelty, and it’s hard to avoid the different interaction method required. One of the ways the Terminal app developers have worked around the lack of ‘full-sized keyboard’ — the on-screen keyboard lacks Ctrl, Alt, etc buttons — is through a touch-centric shortcut bar at the bottom of the screen. The shortcuts sections offers quick access to common command-line commands, including those that use Ctrl modifiers, function keys, scroll keys. A selection of common commands (e.g., top, ls, clear) is also presented. For the next iteration of the app Canonical’s designers hope to list many of these shortcuts by recency, and allow users to add their own custom key shortcuts and commands. Another interesting change mooted is using a specific auto-correct dictionary for the keyboard app when used in the Terminal. Getting it right is critical The command line is a key part of the “ubuntu” experience for many users and developers. Canonical will be keen to avoid offering a hobbled, limited or alien command prompt to users opting to try Unity 8 on the desktop. But while using the command line from a phone or tablet feels novel, and shortcomings or missing features expected, desktop users will be far more demanding. Do you like what you see so far? Share your thoughts on the converged Terminal app designs in the giant hole we’ve carved out below. Source Alternate Source - Canonical Plans on Improving the Ubuntu Linux Terminal UX on Mobile and Desktop
  7. Canonical Makes It Easy to Port Native iOS and Android Apps to Ubuntu Mobile OS They are introducing the React Native framework It appears that Canonical love web developers, and they always keep them in the loop with all the tools needed for the perfect job. After introducing support for the Cordova framework, which is very well supported on Ubuntu Linux and has received a lot of attention from web developers, today Canonical promise to offer full support for another great framework, namely React Native. "Application development for mobile and desktop using web technologies is becoming increasingly popular. If you are one of these developers then Ubuntu has a great choice of frameworks you can use to create new apps," says Richard Collins, Ubuntu Mobile Product Manager at Canonical. "The Webapps team at Canonical is always focused on ensuring the right frameworks are available to developers." The best web development framework for Ubuntu convergence For those not in the known, React Native is a web development framework that can be used for building native mobile apps using JavaScript and React. It's based on ReactJS, a web-friendly declarative programming model, and has been designed from the ground up to offer an extra layer of system performance by using native UI (User Interface) components and system APIs for delivering a deeply integrated UX. However, Canonical's main reason for the introduction of the React Native framework in Ubuntu Linux is to continue its convergence vision and to allow mobile application developers to be able to port existing iOS and Android applications written with React Native to the Ubuntu mobile OS. Of course, developers can also build Ubuntu native versions of any existing ReactJS webapp. The React Native Ubuntu source code is available for download today. Support for packaging apps as Snaps and publish them on the Snappy Store is also available. Source
  8. Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 Launches Today with Biometric Authentication for Meizu PRO 5 New Libertine Scope will be available for converged devices Yes, the moment you've all been waiting for its almost here, as Canonical is about to unleash the long-anticipated Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 update, which should start appearing as a phased update during 24 hours, at 12 pm UTC/GMT, on Wednesday, July 27, according to Łukasz Zemczak's latest landing email announcement. "Good news! OTA-12 passed final testing and will be released tomorrow around UTC morning. We will, of course, proceed with phased updates as always, with the update appearing on all user devices in ~20 hours since the release," said Łukasz Zemczak, Canonical Foundations. "Big thanks to everyone working on this milestone!" Here's what's new in Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 According to the release notes, Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 brings quite some goodies, despite the fact that Canonical initially stated that it would be more about bug fixes than new features. Release highlights include fingerprint reader (biometric authentication) support for the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, which we reviewed earlier this month, as well as complete MPRIS support for playlists. There are also lots of convergence improvements, such a new Libertine Scope for devices that support Ubuntu convergence, displaying the X apps that are installed, animated mouse cursors, on-screen-keyboard support for X apps, and support for maximizing windows both horizontally and vertically. On the other hand, the Messaging app received support for forwarding messages. Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 also updates many core applications, such as the Oxide video player, which is now at version 1.15, and the Web Browser, which gained touch-selection improvements, zoom support, consistent page headers across its user interface, better loading time for the new tab view, the ability to load only the current tab when restoring a session, and support for displaying a hovered hyperlink URL in an overlay. Last but not least, the keyboard now supports colored emoji, some new handy toggles were added to various indicators, and it looks like users will be promoted for location permission when launching Scopes that need location services for the first time. Of course, numerous bugs have been squashed in the OTA-12 update, so check out the official release notes for more details. Source
  9. The Meizu MX6 Made Official, Ubuntu Edition ‘Coming Soon’ After months of leaks the Meizu MX6 smartphone was unwrapped at a press conference in China earlier today. But the also-rumoured MX6 Ubuntu Edition was (alas) nowhere to be seen. Interestingly the specs of the device differ slightly from those in previous leaks, and benchmark charts claimed. ’10 Core Smartphone’ Let’s tackle the big selling point of this phone (for me, at least): the deca-core processor. The inclusion of a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor makes this device a veritable beast. The 10 cores are compromised of two A72s, and a pair of quad-core A53s (2 + 4 + 4 = 10). The chip has a max clock speed of 2.3GHz. Combined with 4GB RAM (up 1GB from the 3GB rumours), a Mali T880 GPU and 32GB internal storage for starters, this handset screams convergence. Elsewhere the MX6 has a 5.5-inch TDDI (Touch and Display Driver Integration) display, which uses the single-layer in-cell screen tech to shave more millimetres off a svelte profile (the phone is 7.25 mm thin). The phone has a display resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Meizu say the MX6 is the first phone to ship with a Sony IMX 386 sensor, which is kitted out on the rear 12-megapixel camera with f/2.0 lens. The MX6 sports a sleek super-thin metal chassis, a front facing 5MP snapper, and the standard edition ships with the Android 6.0-based Flyme 5.2. The 3020 mAh battery is decent, but not as promising as the 4000 mAh pack teased in pre-release leaks. The FlymeOS-based MX6 will come in four color options: Silver, Pink, Gray and (groan) Gold. If past precedent holds expect to see the Ubuntu edition offered in just one colour. Price & Availability The Meizu MX6 goes on sale in China on July 30th priced at roughly $300. It’ll be a flash sale, so if you want one you’ll need to be quick. There’s currently no definitive word as to whether the 4G LTE bands will work outside of China, so if you’re in the US or Europe and plan on importing one do keep this in mind! You can learn more about the Meizu MX6 on the official Meizu website. Visit the Meizu MX6 Product Page When might we see the Ubuntu version? A little birdie tells me it is ‘coming soon’, but that’s all I know. If you don’t want to take my word for it, keep in mind that Ubuntu OTA-13 due in late August will bring Android 6.0 BSP support – an Android version which you’ll notice this phone uses. Courtesy: Slashgear Article Source
  10. Fairphone 2 and OnePlus One Ubuntu Phones Receive Bluetooth, Voice Call Support - Exclusive Support for OnePlus 3, OnePlus 2 and Nexus 5x is coming soon He has been teasing us with this massive update since last week, but now it's official, and it looks like a lot of goodies have arrived for nearly all my devices the developer maintains with a custom port of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system from Canonical, for each device separately. For those not in the known, Ubports is a project created by Marius Gripsgård and a few other developers that aims to port the Ubuntu Touch OS to as many smartphones as possible. Currently, there's support for phones like OnePlus One, Nexus 5, Fairphone 2, OnePlus X, Nexus 6, and others. "Since I have had vacation from work, which has given me time to work 100% on Ubports, I am now happy to show you what I can accomplish working 100% on Ubports (please consider helping me reach my goal of working 100% on Ubports here: https://www.patreon.com/ubports)." said Marius Gripsgård. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Voice Call support arrives for Fairphone 2 And now for the goodies! According to Marius Gripsgård, the OnePlus One, OnePlus X, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Fairphone 2 devices are now all booting Ubuntu Touch, and support for the OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3, and Nexus 5x is coming soon. However, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices don't yet boot into a graphical user interface. The OnePlus One, Nexus 5 and Fairphone 2 are the ones that received the most improvements. For example, there's now Bluetooth and voice call support, headphone switching and AppArmor fixes for the OnePlus One, as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular, voice call and sound support for the Fairphone 2. On the other hand, Nexus 5 received Bluetooth support and AppArmor fixes. All three devices are now running ubp-5.1, the latest Ubports build based on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. However, it looks like GPS and Camera support is yet to come for the OnePlus One and Fairphone 2 smartphones. Best of all, the new features will make their way as OTA updates to users of these devices in only two weeks from the moment of writing this story, around the date of July 23, 2016. Adventurous users can install them right now on their devices by using the devel_rc-proposed channel, but please note that not all the changes have landed, so it is better to wait until they hit the stable channel. If you decide to try these updates and discover any bugs, feel free to report them at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubports-android. Have fun! Source
  11. Meizu MX6 Ubuntu Phone Features 10-Core Processor, Price €399 A product info page passed to Android Headlines reveals more than the model: we also get also the price. The phone set to cost from €399 when it goes on sale, which is rumored to be later next month. The 5.5-inch phone will be equipped with the Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20 — the world’s first deca-core processor. This chip combines a dual-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 with a quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53. The phone will also likely feature at least 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A 20.7MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera will handle selfies and social events. The phone will feature a fingerprint reader (like the PRO 5) and be available in a range of colors (at least, its Android-based counterpart will. Here’s hoping we don’t get saddled with a pink gold edition again…) More news as and when we get it. Source
  12. A New Ubuntu Phone Is In Development References to a 'new handset' spotted in recent bug report According to some recent chatter on the Ubuntu Touch IRC and on Launchpad, it could well be. Reader Richard S — and big thanks to you Richard! — pointed us to bug http://www.anonymz.com/?https://bugs.launchpad.net/telegram-app/+bug/1551811. This bug mentions the device codename ‘Midori’ with regards to a ‘trust prompt’ issue that causes a reboot on the MX4 and the mystery new handset. Later on in the bug report Pat McGowan, Director of Engineering at Canonical, says: “This will block midori rc”. RC is the Release Candidate channel for Ubuntu Touch images. A quick Google shows that the codename ‘Midori’ is in keeping with the codenames of previous Ubuntu devices, as it is, is once again, based on a character from the Dragon Ball franchise: Krillin Bq Aquaris E4.5 Arale Meizu MX4 Vegeta Bq Aquaris E5 Turbo Meizu PRO 5 Frieza Bq Aquaris M10 HD Cooler Bq Aquaris M10 FHD Midori Currently Unknown Using these codenames we can — with thanks to Stormflut for the deduction — guess that Meizu is the OEM of the new device, as: Evidence that this is a new phone (as opposed to a new tablet) is gleaned by some chitter-chatter on the #ubuntu-touch IRC channel. There, in a chat on June 21, Canonical Software Engineer Tony Espy make reference to “a new handset”: Is this ‘new handset’ the ‘Midori’ device mentioned further up? Time will tell… A New Device Is Expected My usual Ubuntu Touch sources had told me that a new handset was ‘incoming’ but were unable to reveal much more. I had expected the new phone to be the reason for Canonical’s sudden press call a few weeks back (where, evidently, it wasn’t). Richard who tipped us sums up the situation as it stands: “I know these aren’t bullet proof facts, but I think Midori is a codename for a new phone. Maybe a Meizu one…”. We’ll carry on digging to find out as much as we can on this mystery new device and update you as soon as possible. But I should remind you that not all devices that get tested and/or used in Ubuntu phone development go on to a commercial release. For now treat this as rumor rather than fact. Source Does This Photo Show a New Ubuntu Phone? Our tipster didn’t have much to say about the image other than it originates from an ‘Ubuntu phone community developer’. We’re not entirely sure what to make of it — scroll down to see why — and the dearth of info to accompany it makes it hard to verify what it might be from. But there are a few things we can glean from it, so speculation hats at the ready, folks. Updated with a second, clearer image. Pixelated Leaked Image The image you can see below is what was passed to us. And it does, clearly, show an Ubuntu device of some sort running a converged Unity 8 desktop experience on an external monitor. As you’ll notice, the handset itself has been pixelated out. Why? No idea; perhaps it’s to amp up the intrigue. Either way the distortion is (a) annoying and (b) makes it much harder to attempt to gauge anything important about the device. Is one that’s already on the market? What sort of physical features does it have? Etc. We can see a handset — phablet or mobile, rather than tablet — driving an external display, presumably via the Aethercast wireless display support that debuted in OTA-11 for the Meizu PRO 5 as no connected cables are visible. The phone or phablet screen doubles up as a touchpad/trackpad in this converged mode, so we can definitely say the screen is running off of the handset. Second Image A second, clearer image of the mystery new device has been shared by Twitter user @xstex, who cites his source as saying the phone is by Meizu and is expected in mid-July. This image shows the handset unobscured. Other Clues If you look closely at the converged Unity 8 desktops you can see the Ubuntu Weather app running. This shows that whosoever desk it is, they are in Shanghai, home to one of Canonical’s two China offices. We can also take a haphazard guess as to its possible proportions. The Logitech K380 Bluetooth keyboard that the phone sits behind is roughly around 11-inches long. Allowing for perspective I quickly guesstimate that phone is larger than the 5-inch mark. The Meizu PRO 5 has a 5.7-inch screen. The Meizu PRO 6 has a 5.2-inch display. The Meizu m3 Note has a 5.5-inch screen. From what we’ve been able to gather from the scant details available ‘Midori’ uses an Android 6.0 BSP. This would rule out Meizu’s Android 5.x Lollipop devices, like the Meizu Note 3. Source
  13. OnePlus 3 to Become an Unofficial Ubuntu Phone, Development Will Start Soon - Exclusive The UBports team will port Ubuntu Touch to OnePlus 3 Yes, you're reading it right, OnePlus 3 is about to become an unofficial Ubuntu Phone, as Mr. Gripsgård informs Softpedia today that he already ordered the device and will start development, porting of Ubuntu Touch, as soon as it arrives. A special page is already available on the UBports.com website, where we can't help but notice that the device's codename was set to "op3". OnePlus 3 was recently released as an Android phone, boasting a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Full HD (1080x1920) resolution, and a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset. The smartphone is powered by Dual-Core 2.15 GHz Kryo and Dual-Core 1.6 GHz Kryo CPUs, as well as the Adreno 530 GPU. Marius Gripsgård told us that he is thrilled about the fact that OnePlus 3 has 6 GB of RAM, which makes the device perfect for convergence. Among other interesting technical specs of OnePlus 3, we can mention the top-notch Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 LE connectivity, A-GPS, GLONASS, and BDS GPS support, 64 GB internal storage, a 16 MP f/2.0 front camera capable of [email protected] video recording, and a fingerprint reader. The full specs of OnePlus 3 are available on its homepage, and if are planning on buying such as device, you might take into consideration the fact that you'll also be able to run the Ubuntu mobile OS on it, enjoying the Ubuntu convergence experience. More details soon! Source
  14. Wireless Display Support Is Coming to Nexus 5 and OnePlus One Ubuntu Phones Both devices are getting the latest Android 5.1 APIs We reported last week that Canonical released the OTA-11 software update for its supported devices, including BQ Aquaris E4.5, BQ Aquaris E5 HD, Meizu MX4, and Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Phones, as well as the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Tablet, bringing the long-anticipated Wireless Display (also known as Miracast) functionality. Wireless Display support for Ubuntu-powered devices means a step further in Canonical's Ubuntu convergence vision, but unfortunately, the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 update brought it only for the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, with a promise that the other devices would get the new feature in future OTAs. Nexus 5 and OnePlus One are getting Wireless Display support soon In the meantime, Marius Gripsgård is hard at work bringing Wireless Display support to some of the unofficial Ubuntu Phones, including the OnePlus One and Nexus 5, which will be using the latest ubp-5.1 branch based on Cyanogenmod 12.1/Android 5.1, those allowing Aethercast to function on the respective smartphones. Curious to know what's going on, we contacted Mr. Gripsgård to find out more, and he revealed to us that what you see in the attached screenshot is Wireless Display working on the Nexus 5 Ubuntu Phone, but it is not yet stable for daily use. Also, OnePlus One will get the Aethercast feature as soon as next week. "This build is not for daily drivers, and it's still really unstable. It's build on top of our own Ubuntu Touch Android tree that we call ubp-5.1 (Aethercast required 5.0 and up) and it's not near as stable as our 'stable' channel yet. I'll be working this week on getting it stable," said Marius Gripsgård exclusively for Softpedia. Until Marius Gripsgård finishes his great work on the Wireless Display support for Nexus 5 and OnePlus One Ubuntu Phones, you can help him do some tests and report bugs by switching to the "devel_rc-proposed" channel via http://system-image.ubports.com on your device. Also, Mr. Gripsgård needs your help to test the Aethercast functionality with Android Mircast devices, as he doesn't yet own a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, which Canonical demoed for the OTA-11 update with Meizu PRO 5. So if you want to help, please install this app on your Android device. And yes, right now, it looks like the Nexus 5 and OnePlus One are better alternatives to the official Ubuntu Phone devices that haven't yet received Wireless Display support from Canonical, with the mention that the former don't support Bluetooth (should be available soon), but they offer an open source Android tree. Source
  15. Canonical Brings Full Ubuntu Convergence to Meizu PRO 5, OTA-11 Has Landed OTA-11 update is available for supported devices OTA-11 is the eleventh update to the Ubuntu mobile operating system that powers the Ubuntu Phone devices, including Meizu MX4, Meizu PRO 5, BQ Aquaris E4.5, and BQ Aquaris E5 HD, as well as the Ubuntu Tablet, BQ Aquaris M10, and it introduces some major new features and enhancements. As we've already told you, the biggest new feature implemented by Canonical in today's OTA-11 update is Wireless display. The technology, which the company calls Display Cast or Aethercast (also known popularly as Miracast), is currently available only for the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone. "The latest Over-The-Air update (OTA) 11 is out! We've introduced wireless capabilities to the Meizu PRO 5, which gives users the full Ubuntu PC experience running from a smartphone. All the services running from the phone are available on desktop through just a wireless dongle and no cables - giving you the full Ubuntu convergence experience," notes Canonical. Watch the Meizu PRO 5 Wireless display demo Ubuntu Mobile Product Manager at Canonical Richard Collins has had the great pleasure of giving us a video demo of the Wireless display feature in action on the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone using nothing but a Microsoft Wireless dongle. While Wireless display isn't available for older device in OTA-11, Canonical promises to push it out across all Ubuntu smartphones and tablets in future OTA updates. In addition to the Wireless display feature, the OTA-11 update, which will be phased during a 24-hour period to all Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet users, there are overall performance improvements to the BQ Aquaris M10 tablet, such as smoother scrolling for apps and Dash, and better Bluetooth connectivity when using a mouse. Update your devices to OTA-11 as soon as possible to get all these goodies now! Source
  16. Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Launches Today for All Ubuntu Phones, and the Ubuntu Tablet Canonical will be phasing out the update today Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 has been in development for the past two months, and it includes some exciting new features and improvements, such as the long anticipated Wireless display technology, which Canonical calls Aethercast or Display Cast, but also known popularly as Miracast. We reported on the new features the other day, so please check that story to see what's new. Unfortunately, the Wireless display implementation currently works with the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, and, according to Michael Hall from Canonical, with whom we had a quick chat earlier, for it to work on older Ubuntu Phone devices, such as Meizu MX4, BQ Aquaris E4.5, or the BQ Aquaris E5 HD smartphones, it will require a lot of work on backporting the Android APIs. "That would require either (A) we backport the Android 5.x APIs to Android 4.x for use in older devices or (B) we upgrade those older devices to an Android 5.x container," said Michael Hall, Community Manager at Canonical. "It requires StageFright APIs that only exist in Android 5+, and most of the existing devices still use 4.x in their Android container." Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 launches later today as a phased update Therefore, later today, June 1, you should expect to see a notification about the OTA-11 update on your Ubuntu Phone device. The update will also be available for Canonical's new Ubuntu Tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, but please try to keep in mind that, as usual, the update will be phased, which means that not everyone will get it today. A phased update will take about 24 hours to arrive for everyone, so if you don't see the update on your device when we will announce the launch of Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 later today, please don't panic, as most probably you'll have to wait for a few more ours, or in the worst case scenario another day. By June 2, every Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet owner will get the OTA-11 update! Source
  17. Ubuntu Phone Users Can Now View Their Dropbox Camera Uploads via Photos Scope Users are requesting a similar feature for ownCloud While a neat feature for some, it looks like the Dropbox file sharing service doesn't have many fans amongst the users of the Ubuntu community, who would rather see similar support for other open source file sharing services, such as the popular ownCloud. "On the Ubuntu phone you can now see your uploaded camera photos from Dropbox within the Photos Scope," reads the latest tweet from Ubuntu. However, the fact of the matter is that Ubuntu Phones are not all that popular these days, mostly because of the Ubuntu mobile OS, which is still playing catch up in the hyper-competitive world of smartphone operating systems like iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and even Windows Phone. Major Ubuntu Phone update coming later this month or in early June While Canonical is trying to offer Ubuntu Phone users various goodies for their new devices, such as the ability to see their photos captured with another device and uploaded to the Dropbox online sharing service from within the Photos Scopes of their devices, they are also working hard on the next major OTA update. Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 is currently under heavy development, as we reported the other day, and it looks like it will be a massive update with dozens of new capabilities for all supported Ubuntu Phone smartphones, as well as Canonical's first ever Ubuntu Tablet device. One of the most anticipated features to be implemented in the upcoming OTA-11 update, which should hit the streets in the coming weeks, is Aethercast (also known as Miracast or Wi-Fi Display), which promises to let Ubuntu Phone/Tablet users to converge from their couches. Next week, we shall have more details about it, so stay tuned! Update! On the #Ubuntu phone you can now see your uploaded camera photos from @Dropbox within the Photos Scope! pic.twitter.com/eQAjsdpXNL — Ubuntu (@ubuntu) May 12, 2016 Source
  18. The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition Is Now Available To Buy, Ships Free to the US Have you been waiting patiently for the Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone to go on sale? Well, today your wait is over. A number of OMG! readers pinged us this morning with a link to the Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition’s product page on the English-facing store front of Jd.com (the official stockist for this Ubuntu phone outside of China). Interestingly the product page for the phone is not currently surfaced through the store’s search results, and can only be accessed via the link. Or I should say ‘links’ as there’s a separate page for Russian buyers). 32GB Model Only Only the 32GB/3GB RAM model of Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is currently being made available to purchase. and only in gold. Options for additional colors and storage/ram configurations are not currently listed on the store, though were mentioned by Canonical and Meizu at various press events earlier this year. The 5.7-inch phone costs $369.99 with free shipping to the US and Europe (expected to take a couple of days). Be aware that until Miracast support lands in Ubuntu Touch you won’t be able to use this device to power a desktop PC experience through convergence. Buy Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition on JD Source
  19. Ubuntu Touch OTA-10.1 Hotfix Officially Released for All Supported Ubuntu Phones It patches a critical security issue in the Ubuntu OS Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak made the OTA-10.1 official a few minutes ago, but we've been tipped earlier by one of our readers (thanks, Sander) about the availability of the hotfix, which has been seeded to users as a phased upgrade during the next 24 hours. If you're wondering what's new in the Ubuntu Touch OTA-10.1 update, we can tell you that it patches a security issue discovered by Canonical at the end of last week, as reported by us in the same day. "As soon as the security-related issue got detected we have made some precautions on the store-side to make sure everyone is safe, giving us time to prepare and push out the hotfix release during a work-day (meaning: today)," said Mr. Zemczak. "Work on OTA-11 continues at a slow pace" By tomorrow, April 12, 2016, all users of officially supported Ubuntu Phone devices, such as BQ Aquaris E4.5, BQ Aquaris E5 HD, Meizu MX4, Meizu PRO 5, Nexus 4, or Nexus 7, should receive the OTA-10.1 hotfix, so please update as soon as you get notified. In the meantime, the Ubuntu Touch developers are working hard on reproducing and fixing some of the most annoying issue reported by users since the OTA-10 release, especially those using BQ devices. Also, the development of the next major OTA release, the OTA-11, continues at a slow pace with some minor translation improvements and bug fixes. More on the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 update should be unveiled later this month, after the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) on April 21, 2016. Source
  20. Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Preparations Begin, OTA-10 Launches Today for Ubuntu Phones OTA-10 will also be available for the Ubuntu Tablet We've also reported on the new features integrated in the Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 update, so you should check that article if you want to know what's coming very soon for your Ubuntu-powered phone or tablet, especially the improvements that landed for the Web Browser app. And today we're informing you about the next major update, the OTA-11, for which preparations have begun, as reported a few minutes ago by Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak. The update should arrive in the next few months and will bear another batch of new and attractive features. "In the meantime, OTA-11 preparations begin. We are still in the middle of setting and consulting the release schedule, but with the new devices out of our way the goal is to get back to the usual 6-week cadence that we usually followed. But more news on that later this week," said Łukasz Zemczak, Canonical Foundations. "Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 launches April 6 as a phased update" Things are looking great for OTA-10, and it shall arrive around UTC noon as a phased upgrade during the next 24 hours, which means that not all Ubuntu Phone owners will get it in the same day. so you need to keep checking for updates from time to time until it becomes available for your device. By Thursday, everyone will be receiving the new Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 software update, which is supported on the BQ Aquaris E4.5, BQ Aquaris E5 HD, Meizu MX4, Meizu PRO 5, BQ Aquaris M10, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 devices. Source-1 Update: Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 Officially Released Now with uNav GPS navigator and Dekko email client We've already told you all there is to know about the new features integrated into today's Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 software update. But to recap, it adds VPN (Virtual Private Network) support, a new welcome wizard, as well as support for downloading phone updates through mobile network. Additionally, Web Apps can now access the accelerometer, camera, microphone, and vibrations, the Web Browser app now comes with support for selecting, copying, and pasting for web content, native apps can use new color palettes, and there's a Japanese keyboard now. "We have just copied most of the OTA-10 images to the stable channels and started the phased upgrade procedure," said Łukasz Zemczak in today's announcement. "It was a huge update and a big challenge with all the new devices appearing, but I hope everyone will be satisfied with what we prepared." "Introducing Dekko e-mail client and uNav GPS navigator" Yes, there are two new apps that come pre-installed with the Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 update, the Dekko e-mail client created by Dan Chapman, and uNav, the excellent GPS navigator app designed by Marcos Costales. There's also a Calendar app (thanks nik90), but probably most of the hardcore Ubuntu Phone users already had those installed. As usual, the OTA-10 is sent to users as a phased update, which means that it will take approximately 24 hours to arrive for all users out there. If you don't see the update right now, you should check again in the few hours or tomorrow, but rest assured that you'll get it if you have one of the officially supported devices. BQ Aquaris E4.5, BQ Aquaris E5 HD, Meizu MX4, Meizu PRO 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 will all receive the update. Even if it hasn't yet been sent to those who pre-order it, the first ever Ubuntu Tablet, BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, will also get the OTA-10 update, that if it's not already preloaded on the device shipped to your door. Next stop, OTA-11. Source-2
  21. Ubuntu Touch Devs Have Finalized the New VPN Feature for the OTA-10 Update OTA-10 will be available later this month or in early April Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical reports today that the OTA-10 update for Ubuntu Touch is getting closer and closer to a final release, which should be out for all supported Ubuntu Phone devices, as well as the new Ubuntu tablet, BQ Aquaris M10, later this month or during the first week of April. He also notes that the new VPN feature has been finalized and that, after updating to OTA-10, users will notice a VPN panel in the System Settings. Additionally, there will be lots of updates to the pay and location service, better support for Web Apps in the Browser app, and improvements to Indicator-Datetime and the EDS Plugin for Qt PIM module's Organizer. "We're getting closer and closer to OTA-10," says Łukasz Zemczak, Canonical Foundations. "Another bit of potentially interesting info for some. We now use a special click-lock mechanism for staging clicks on rc-proposed images that depend on unreleased frameworks. Due to the current click limitations, we cannot publish new click packages if the dependent framework is not yet released in a stable image." "OTA-10 will support Canonical's first-ever Ubuntu tablet" We'll remind everyone, again, that the OTA-10 update for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system is now in feature freeze, which means that no new features are being added to the rc-proposed repositories, where the development happens these days, and that Canonical's first-ever Ubuntu tablet will be supported. OTA-10 will be, of course, the first in many updates for the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, which should be available for purchase in the coming days from the BQ Online Store. We will be back with more interesting news about the Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 update as soon as we have an official release date and changelog. Source
  22. Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 Update to Land in April, Supports the New BQ Ubuntu Tablet The Nexus 10 tablet is no longer officially supported Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak has just informed us via an email sent to the Ubuntu Touch mailing list that the team of developers behind the Ubuntu mobile operating system have managed to add several interesting updates to many of the core components and apps, including Unity 8, ubuntu-system-settings-online-accounts, BlueZ, account-plugins, indicator-network, and media-hub. Most of these components include bugfixes, and the Ubuntu Touch devs have only a few days on their hands to add more of those awesome new features users are expecting for their Ubuntu-powered phones and tablets. Talking about tablets, the OTA-10 software update will also be available for the recently announced BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet device. "OTA-10 will also be the first update during which we will also promote ubuntu-pd images besides the standard ubuntu ones, as frieza is joining our official batch of OTA devices this time," said Łukasz Zemczak, Canonical Foundations. "OTA-10 release date? Currently, we're aiming for somewhere around the beginning of April, but let's see how things will look after feature-freeze." "OTA-10 coming in April" So, as you can see from Mr. Zemczak's quote above, the Ubuntu Touch team are currently planning on officially releasing the OTA-10 update to all supported Ubuntu Phones, as well as the new Ubuntu Tablet, which received the "frieza" codename, sometimes in the first days of April 2016. However, until then, OTA-10 will enter its feature and string freeze stage, which has been set for March 11, 2016. We also take this opportunity to further inform our readers that the Nexus 10 tablet devices will no longer receive OTA updates from Canonical and it is now under the maintenance of the UBports developers. Source
  23. Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Announced and It's a Beast A new phone powered by Ubuntu to arrive It's been a while since we last heard something from Meizu, but it looks like the collaboration between Canonical and the Chinese hardware maker is still alive. From the looks of it, the previous Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition was only a limited release, so only a small number of devices have been sold. We can only hope that Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition will be made available in greater numbers, especially since it's a much newer phone that's still supported by Meizu. This latest Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is the fifth official device that comes with Ubuntu Touch, and we'll likely see many more phones and maybe tablets with this operating system landing in 2016. "Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is a beast" Canonical says that it's the most powerful Ubuntu smartphone launched to date, and they are right, not to mention that it's also the biggest, if we don't count the tablet. Meizu PRO 5 features a Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor, a 5.7-inch 1920x1080 AMOLED display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and LPDDR4 memory technology. Many of you will probably ask if this new phone is also capable of desktop convergence, and it looks that users are in luck. "Canonical remains committed to the vision of reinventing personal computing through a single, adaptive platform for all personal device form factors. As such, while the PRO 5 lacks MHL output, the software running on the Meizu PRO 5 is the latest code which also powers recently announced tablets and other devices and is capable of providing a traditional desktop experience," the company explained. Meizu PRO 5 was initially launched back in September 2015. Users will also get a 21 MP back camera, and the phone can shoot video at 2160p and 30fps. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor and a Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery with fast charging. For now, the phone will only be available in China and Europe, and the preorders will be opened during the Mobile World Congress 2016 that takes place between February 22 and 25. More Images: Source
  24. Meizu Might Unveil a New Ubuntu Phone Device at MWC 2016 Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is an excellent candidate We reported a few weeks ago that images of a Meizu Pro 5 smartphone running the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system have been leaked online, and today the Chinese mobile manufacturer says in their latest tweet that quoting "More love is awaiting you at MWC 2016." As you may know, the other Ubuntu Phone manufacturer, BQ, a Spanish producer of smartphones, tablets, 3D printers, and electronic readers, already ships two smartphones with Ubuntu mobile OS pre-installed, the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition. And this year at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2015, BQ are presenting their latest device, the world's first real Ubuntu Touch tablet, which has been officially announced by Canonical last week as the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition. So, Meizu being one step behind their European counterparts, they need a new device. "Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition" And so, we firmly believe that the Meizu Pro 5 smartphone is a good candidate for being the next Ubuntu Phone device. OK, so what's so special about Meizu Pro 5? Well, a lot. It has a bigger, 5.7 inches display with Full HD resolution, it's a dual-sim phone, 3 GB RAM for the 32GB model and 4 GB RAM for the 64GB one, and a 5MP selfie camera. On the downside, the battery is a little smaller when compared to Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, 3050 mAh battery on Meizu Pro 5 vs. 3100 mAh battery on Meizu MX4, but it boasts an Exynos 7420 Octa MediaTek MT6595 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and Quad-core 2.1.0 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU with a Mali-T760MP8 GPU. We've already told you a couple of days ago that Canonical will have, again, a strong presence at MWC 2016, where the company behind the world's most popular free operating system will showcase their latest Ubuntu convergence features. and now that we know there might be two new Ubuntu-powered devices, we're quite excited. Aren't you? Source
  25. ‘Android OEMs Will Ship Ubuntu Phones This Year’, Say Canonical Company also working with China's largest mobile network Canonical CEO Jane Silber (centre) Jane Silber, speaking to The Register’s Gavin Clarke, says the company talks with its Android OEM partners regularly and that “many [Android OEMs] will be shipping Ubuntu phones.” “There’s a lot of interest from these folks in supporting another platform, she adds. Canonical unveiled the latest Ubuntu device, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, last week. The company is likely to unveil further devices at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona later this month. Clarke says Canonical has “received commitments from Android smart phone and tablet makers to ship devices using its Linux with devices later this year.” Silber wasn’t willing to divulge the full details of which Google OEM partners it is in talks with, nor those that are ‘committed’ to shipping Ubuntu devices this year. But as we exclusively revealed last week, several well-known Android OEMs, including Sony and OnePlus, are ‘supportive’ of community ports for their devices. Chinese OEM Meizu is also reported to working on a follow-up to the MX4 Ubuntu Edition which went on sale in China and mainland Europe in the spring of last year. World’s Largest Carrier Also Backs Ubuntu Phone Ubuntu at the China Mobile Global Partner Conference 2015 It isn’t just unnamed Android OEMs that Canonical is in discussions with. We can reveal that the company is working very closely with Chinese state-owned mobile network China Mobile. The world’s biggest mobile phone operator (with over 800 million subscribers) is busy developing app and Scopes integration for some of China’s biggest social media and messaging services, including WeChat and Sina Weibo. To help its effort it even has its own internal development device (a commercial release of which is not planned). The device is a Snapdragon 615 powered N1 Max running Ubuntu. Source Another Source: Canonical in Talks with Android OEM Partners for Ubuntu Phones - Softpedia News