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  1. 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
  2. Hi All, Just wondering if Nokia with Canonical makes Ubuntu Touch Devices, does people love it and buy to help support Ubuntu Touch development? My wish is that Nokia should join hands with Canonical to make Ubuntu Devices. If that happens, all lazy s/w app giants will create apps supporting Ubuntu Touch platform. I'm calling s/w app giants as lazy bcoz if they would've supported Ubuntu Touch earlier, the OS could've been overtaking Android & Windows Phones(or Windows 10 Mobile) by now. All Nokia & Ubuntu/Linux fans(incl. myself) or devs out there, please suggest Nokia to create Ubuntu Devices in future ASAP. Please vote and provide feedback in comments(if any). Members please note that I'm referring to the future and not now. I'm not a fool to ask for/suggest a change in the first year of re-emerged Nokia. @steven36 & @teodz1984: Please read the desc carefully before providing comments.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Artist Sylvia Ritter Painted All 25 Ubuntu Linux Mascots and They're Astonishing - Exclusive The wallpapers are suitable for phone and tablet It's not the first time we talk here about Sylvia Ritter, as back in March 2016 we published a story with the Ubuntu Linux wallpapers she managed to paint using the powerful, open-source, and cross-platform Krita digital painting software, but now Mrs. Ritter finished this unique project and unleashed all 25 Ubuntu mascots, or animals as she likes to call them. "Hello Softpedia! I've just painted all 25 Ubuntu animals. They are also great phone and tablet wallpapers," says Sylvia Ritter in an email, exclusively for Softpedia. "All known 25 animals have just been completed, starting with the Warty Warthog (Ubuntu 4.10) and finishing with the latest release, Yakkety Yak (16.10). The series will likely continue when the Ubuntu community announces the next release name for Ubuntu 17.04." As you might know, every new Ubuntu release has a code name, and it's based on a real animal, except for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) and Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), which are inspired by fictional characters. Sylvia Ritter is a huge fan of the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system and loves to paint animals of all kinds, so this was her opportunity of creating a series of astonishing wallpapers you can use on your smartphone or tablet. Here are all the Ubuntu Linux mascots painted by Sylvia Ritter Below, we've listed all the 25 wallpapers in the order of the launch of each Ubuntu OS. They are Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog), Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog), Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger), Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake), Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft), Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron), Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala). The list of Ubuntu Linux release continues with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx), Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak). More Images: You can view other 22 images here. Source
  6. InfoWorld Celebrates The 25th Birthday Of Linux -- And The New Generation Of Open Source Projects Linux Enabled I discovered Linux the way most people did, though word of mouth in the 1990s, when rumors spread of a free "hobbyist" OS designed to run on x86 PCs. For the first decade of Linux's 25 years, Linux was largely a curiosity outside of its core community. I'm proud to say InfoWorld was among the first publications to take Linux seriously, culminating in a January 2004 review entitled "Linux 2.6 scales the enterprise." In it, InfoWorld contributing editor Paul Venezia issued a fateful warning: "If commercial Unix vendors weren’t already worried about Linux, they should be now." Today Linux has expanded far beyond its conquest of the server market. If you include Android, which is built around the Linux kernel, not to mention embedded Linux devices from TVs to network switches, you're talking billions of instances. This week on InfoWorld, you'll see a string of articles celebrating Linux, including a feature article from Paul, plus his interview with Linux creator Linus Torvalds. Those two stories will run on Aug. 25 -- the same date on which Torvalds first announced Linux in 1991. Over the years, Linux has grown in another way: The sheer scale of its community development operation. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, recently offered me some awe-inspiring stats: That's the kernel alone. Zemlin reminds us that the versioning and repository system Git, on which GitHub is based, was created by Torvalds to help manage this massive development effort. Each rev of the kernel, offered under the GPLv2 license, flows to the multitude of Linux distributions, the providers of which are responsible for the customer experience. Given that Linux providers pay nothing for the kernel, how does Torvalds earn a living? He's an employee of the Linux Foundation, as is a coterie of core contributors and administrators, but they're far outnumbered by a much larger group of dedicated developers employed by familiar names: Intel, Red Hat, Samsung, Suse, IBM, Google, AMD, and many more. This consortium supplies both monetary support to the Foundation and millions of lines of code to the Linux project. Although Torvalds technically reports to Zemlin, the latter invokes his daughter to describe their relationship: "Like my daughter, who shares a lot in common with Linus, they’re both adorable, they both are brilliant, and neither of them listens to anything I say." As you can tell, Zemlin likes to minimize his own role, going as far as to say, "I'm just the janitor keeping the wheels turning." But it's impossible to ignore the growing importance of the Foundation itself -- and its 50 open source projects beyond the Linux kernel, a number of them vital to the future of enterprise computing. Take the Linux Foundation's Open Container Initiative (OCI). It's fair to say that no new enterprise technology over the past couple of years has had a greater impact than Docker packaging for Linux containers, and the OCI is the cauldron where those specs are being hashed out. Alongside the OCI, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation promises to harmonize container management and orchestration solutions for the next-gen enterprise cloud, with Google's red-hot Kubernetes at the core. Zemlin is particularly excited by the Foundation's new, fast-growing Hyperledger project, a blockchain-based initiative to create an open, enterprise-grade distributed ledger system for all sorts of transactions. "Blockchain has the potential to change the nature of trusted transactions on the internet," he says. "Beyond that, it’s a security modality for connected devices where you have a trusted, immutable record of cryptographically secure trust on the internet. It’s a huge project." The sheer breadth of open networking projects also demands attention. Together you can view them as circumscribing the future of networking: OpenDaylight, Open Network Operating System, Open Orchestrator Project, Open Platform for NFV, Open vSwitch, and OpenSwitch. As Linux turns 25, it's worth pondering not only the impact of the endlessly morphing, proliferating OS itself, but its role in legitimizing open source and elevating it to the point where, today, it has become ground zero for technology development. Linux has its rich ecosystem of contributors, providers, and users of all stripes. But around that, supported by the Linux and Apache Foundations and others, a vast constellation of auspicious open source projects has arisen, each with its own potential to shake up enterprise computing. Rather than wandering in the wilderness for a decade, the best of them are already being taken seriously. Source
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Canonical Publishes DIY Guide to Show How Versatile the Ubuntu Tablet Truly Is The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet is truly versatile It's true that until today Canonical didn't publish any detailed information on how users can actually use the various modes of their first ever Ubuntu tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, which anyone can now purchase from BQ's online store for the sum of €289.90 for the Full HD version and €249.90 for the HD model. "With the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Editon tablet seeping into the hands of many and questions asked around how the tablet has the ability to take on various modes – we thought we’d create a DIY one-pager that shows you how versatile the tablet truly is! Check out the guide below to follow the steps," said Amrisha Prashar, Marketing and Social Media Manager, Canonical. Introducing the DIY guide for the Ubuntu Tablet Therefore, Canonical today is proud to announce a DIY (Do It Yourself) guide for those who have purchased the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, helping them experience the reinvention of personal computing, from a true tablet experience to a full-fledged Ubuntu desktop one. As you can see from the image attached below, there are five modes available for the Ubuntu Tablet, starting with the normal, out-of-the-box tablet experience, the laptop computer experience if you only connect a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and the classic Ubuntu desktop experience if you also connect the tablet to an external monitor. The DIY guide also shows adventurous users two other advanced setups for the laptop computer and classic desktop computer experiences, using a USB OTG (On-the-Go) cable to connect the keyboard and mouse to the Ubuntu-powered tablet. Check out Canonical's DIY guide for BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet device below. Source
  21. BQ Aquaris M10, the Ubuntu Tablet That Turns into a PC, Is Now Available to Buy The pre-order period for the first Ubuntu tablet has ended BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is the first tablet to run the mobile version Ubuntu Linux operating system natively, which is called internally Ubuntu Touch, and we told you everything there was to know about it when it was first announced by Canonical, during the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2016 event. Until a few days ago, the Ubuntu tablet was available for pre-order from BQ's online store, and it started shipping to early adopters at the end of last week. But today, April 18, 2016, Canonical is happy to announce that the pre-order period has ended, and anyone can now purchase the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet. "Last month we announced that the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet was available as a pre-order bundle. This time round, we’re pleased to let you know that it’s available to buy now," said Amrisha Prashar, Marketing and Social Media Manager at Canonical. "The tablet that turns into a PC" We, here at Softpedia, are very excited about the Ubuntu tablet because it is Canonical's first-ever Ubuntu converged device that turns into a full-fledged personal computer running the Ubuntu Linux operating system with the modern Unity 8 user interface if you connect a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to it. We believe that this is the future of mobile computing on the go for Linux enthusiasts and professionals, mainly due to the fact that it is easy to carry and offers the same Unity desktop experience as a laptop with Ubuntu preloaded, which is much heavier. The tablet can also be attached to an external display. Source
  22. And We’re Off: Bq Begins Shipping World’s First Ubuntu Tablet Bq has begun shipping the world’s first Ubuntu tablet. Yes, if you pre-ordered one of the Ubuntu-powered slates from Bq last month you’ll want to keep an eye your email address over the coming days. A number of you have already been in touch with us say you’ve already received a dispatch notice from the company. @omgubuntu my M10 will be shipped today — Maartje Eyskens (@MaartjeME) April 14, 2016 Just received notification that my pre-ordered @bq @ubuntu M10 tablet is being shipped out today!! Can't wait!! @omgubuntu @DigitalTrends — Nathan Porter (@nathanmporter) April 14, 2016 We’ll conveniently gloss over the minor confusion about shipping dates that we reported on last week (the tl;dr being part typo, part mis-informed customer service rep) and instead focus on the hyperbole positives. Yeah, i’m cracking open the champagne early. This is the world’s first true Ubuntu tablet, and the world’s first true Ubuntu convergence device. Its arrival ticks off several milestones for the Ubuntu project. It’s crazy to think it’s only been just over three years since Farran Lee and I were in a room with Mark Shuttleworth to witness the start of all this. Now, four smartphones and growing community of early adopters later, it’s just as exciting to see next stage getting underway. On that note, the tablet can still be bought from the Bq Global store, with prices starting at €249. Let Us Know Your Thoughts Are you one of the thousands of Ubuntu users who’ve pre-ordered an M10 tablet? If so, I’ve an ask. I can’t afford an M10 of my own (yet, blub!) and Bq are not loaning us a review unit (as is their wont, double blub!) so there’ll be no hands on this from us. But while we look forward to reading the slew of reviews sure to arrive from mainstream tech publications who are lucky enough to get loaner devices we’re actually more interested in what you make of it. Why? Well, basically, you know your stuff. Reviews from mainstream sites are often insightful, impartial and great at setting expectations — but for Ubuntu devices in particular they sometimes lack …nous and relevance. Like the Ubuntu Phone this tablet is aimed at early adopters, those adept enough to live with rough edges, missing features and a so-so selection of apps. Bob Reviewer may check in on Ubuntu twice a year for a write-up, and he may enjoy his 2 hour hands on with the tablet, but will he highlight, flag or notice some of the smaller, but critical, touches. As such we’re eager to hear your first-hand opinions on the world’s first real Ubuntu tablet. Those of you willing to share your thoughts can get in touch by tip form, Twitter, Facebook Instagram, or any other means at your disposal (but please, no pigeons this time). We look forward to hearing your thoughts on everything from the build quality of the M10, the screen quality (both HD and FHD) and how well the tablet functions in the much-hyped ‘convergence’ mode. Perhaps we could even assemble your opinion, tweets, photos and videos in to some kind of crowd-sourced review? Would you be interested in that? Source
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. The First Ubuntu Tablet, BQ Aquaris M10, Is Available for Pre-Order Now The can be purchased for the sum of €289.90 or €249.90 The tablet is usually sold via BQ's online store in two variants, Aquaris M10 HD and Aquaris M10 Full HD, with the Android 5.1 Lollipop mobile operating system, but thanks to the collaboration between Canonical and BQ, the Ubuntu community can now purchase it with the latest Ubuntu Touch mobile OS. During last month's MWC 2016 event, which took place, as usual, in Barcelona, Spain, Canonical had the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet on display at their huge booth, along with the superb Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, and the Sony Xperia Z1 and OnePlus One Ubuntu Phones. Those who attended Mobile World Congress this year probably had the pleasure of playing a little with the first Ubuntu tablet, as well as the Ubuntu convergence. But now, after one long month of wait, you can have one for yourself by pre-ordering it right now from the BQ online store. "Technical specifications, shipping information" Probably the most important aspect of the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, which interested many users, was the price, and we can tell you now that it costs €289.90 for the Full HD version, and €249.90 for the HD model. Another crucial aspect is that BQ will ship the Ubuntu tablet on select countries around the European Union (EU) as well as some non-EU ones. We had already told you last month everything there is to know about the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, but to summarize its technical specifications again, we can tell you that it boasts a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a MediaTek Quad-core MT8163A 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, MicroSD slot up to 64GB, and an 8 MP camera with dual flash, autofocus, and Full HD (1080p) video recording. Update: It appears that the BQ store shows difference pricing for the Ubuntu tablet, depending on your location. Our readers reported that fact that on some countries they have to pay with €10 more for each model. We've asked BQ and they say that it is a shipment matter, that the delivery company they're using wants more money for shipping the tablet on some countries. Source