The engineers over at Canonical responsible for developing the Ubuntu Touch operating system have recently announced some big support changes. The Ubuntu based operating system designed to be used for mobile devices will now only support the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 7 tablet.
A lot of developers were expecting the Nexus 5, which was released October of last year, to be added to the list of supported devices since it has a much more improved hardware. The developer community however may still be able to port Ubuntu on their devices however it won’t come with any official support.
The main reason as to why the Nexus 5 won’t be supported right now is that the switching cost would be too high considering that they are concentrating their resources right now on the Ubuntu 14.04.
Aside from not supporting the Nexus 5 several devices that were previously officially supported were also dropped. These are the Nexus 10 (2012), Nexus 7 (2012), and Galaxy Nexus.
Canonical’s Alexander Sack said that their team will now be concentrating only on two devices for from now on so that they can be able to release Ubuntu Touch at the end of January 2014.
Sack also added that the four goals right now are
- Ubuntu Engineering (UE) will make a strong push on the emulator during the month’ ahead. Goal is to support the emulator for arm and x86 as a primary engineering platform for UE and our App Development community
- Ubuntu Engineering (UE) will continue to focus on the Nexus 4 phone platform and will not adopt the new Nexus 5 platform_ short term (before 14.04 is out).
- Ubuntu Engineering (UE) will discontinue producing builds for the Galaxy Nexus (maguro) phone to ensure we can really focus on the N4 and emulator to polish and drive our Ubuntu Touch engineering agenda towards 14.04.
- Ubuntu Engineering (UE) will consolidate the supported tablet device landscape and focus on making one device shine rather than producing builds for all the NEXUS tablet platforms out there.