Ubuntu Touch drops Nexus 7 and 10 support, won't add Nexus 5 support yet

Ubuntu Touch drops Nexus 7 and 10 support, won't add Nexus 5 support yet
So far in its development, Ubuntu Touch has been focused on Nexus devices. Canonical has officially supported the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, and 10, and has let the Ubuntu Community handle building support for other devices (and the community has added support for approximately 50 devices). When the Nexus 5 came out, we expected to hear that added to the list, but now it seems Canonical will not be officially supporting Google's latest handset.

In fact, Canonical is focusing down its efforts for official support, and is dropping the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 (2012), and Nexus 10 from the official support list. This means that the only devices Canonical will be working on are the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013). Of course, the community will likely pick up the slack on the rest; and, Canonical has not left those devices out completely, simply saying that they won't be part of the current release cycle aiming at April 2014 (and Ubuntu 14.04), although work on supporting the Nexus 5 could start as soon as the end of January assuming the community doesn't take care of it (which is very likely).

Canonical said in today's Ubuntu Phone mailing that the issue is that all of the work so far has been focused on the Android 4.3 enablement stack, and to "reinvest" in all of the Nexus devices with the new Android 4.4 enablement stack would be "too high" a cost right now. Instead, the team will be focused on optimizing the platform for use on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013), as well as building ARM and x86 emulators this month. 

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh
Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh

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4 Comments

1. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Nice to hear from Ubuntu, it sounds like a promising start.

2. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

So Ubuntu touch is dropping support for some of the already few devices that it had been working toward, and that's good news eh? :P

3. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

Too bad- I was going to check out UT on my Galaxy Nexus- I'm not going to load it on still supported newer android devices.

4. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Been running it on my Nexus 7 every time an update comes in. Looking good actually, but you can't be productive using it. Lag is just too much.

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