Ubuntu Touch OTA-21 released with Greeter redesigned, several improvements

UBports Foundation announced today released the OTA-21 software update for their Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for supported devices.

Still based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system suite, the Ubuntu Touch OTA-21 update is here a month and a half after Ubuntu Touch OTA-20 with more improvements and various bug fixes.

Highlights include a redesigned greeting (PIN/password input screen), a new Tamil font, a new magnetometer and compass plugin for all Halium 9 or higher based devices, and the ability to view the recent or missed calls lists. to delete.

“In particular, the style of the Greeter (the thing that appears when the screen is about to be unlocked) has been significantly improved to give a more modern and sleek look. It shows a different style depending on whether PIN or password unlock is selected,” the developers said.

In addition, the Storage Summary page in System Settings has been revamped in OTA-21 to better reflect how much space is occupied by the Ubuntu Touch core files and the system partition layout.

Among the issues fixed in this update are support for setting up a Google account, microphone access in the default web browser, user statistics (also known as the circle stats on the lock screen) for all Halium 9 or higher based devices, as well as a weird animation bug in Clock app timer mode.

Also improved in OTA-21 is MMS support so that Ubuntu Touch can inform users to redownload an MMS if it is not received correctly. As of this update, Ubuntu Touch switches to the libmedia-hub-qt Qt-based client library for the media hub service to improve external media playback, support volume change from apps, support playback speed changes, and play multiple videos simultaneously in the same app.

During this cycle, the UBports Foundation has made some progress in improving the automatic installation and update of Ubuntu Touch on Halium 10 devices, although this is not yet visible to regular users. They are also working hard to port Ubuntu Touch to the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system suite.

The Ubuntu Touch OTA-21 update is rolling out to . today and next week all supported devices. Go to the Updates screen in the System Settings app to update. Please note that the PinePhone and PineTab devices are updated independently of the rest of the officially supported devices.

Last updated 17 hours ago

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