Ubuntu Touch

Nexus 5 support also on hold for the time being

The poor Galaxy Nexus just can't catch a break. It, along with the Nexus 10 and the 2012 version of the Nexus 7 have been dropped from Ubuntu Touch support by Canonical. Also, support for the Nexus 5 is on hold. Of course, the question everyone has is why.

Alexander Sack explains on the Ubuntu-phone team mailing list. The folks behind the project want, and need, to narrow their focus as we get closer to the 14.04 release, which has always been planned to unify the desktop and mobile under the same code base. For now, all focus is on the emulator, and the official target devices will be the Nexus 4 and the 2013 Nexus 7. There seem to be no technical reasons why the Nexus 5 isn't going to move forward, it was a matter of engineering costs. Sack leaves the Nexus 5 on the table, but notes that support won't be considered until 14.04 is released.

While none of this makes anyone happy, it does make sense. Software engineering isn't easy and it doesn't come cheaply — there are plenty of costs in building your "free" operating system. If you have Ubuntu Touch installed on your Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 10 or 2012 Nexus 7, they won't stop working overnight, but don't expect any device-specific updates or bug fixes. Chances are the community can keep the current system running. And you'll just have to enjoy Kit Kat on your Nexus 5 for at least a while longer. 

Source: Ubuntu-phone mailing list


Reader comments

Ubuntu touch support dropped for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10


This makes sense for the Nexus 4 over the Nexus 5 (most people are going to use a backup device for testing Ubuntu), but that doesn't explain the Nexus 7 decision, unless people didn't keep their 2012 N7's when they upgraded.

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The 2012 Nexus 7 has vastly different internals. The Nexus 4 and 2013 Nexus 7 are more or less, the same beast on the inside.

That's a great point. Hadn't thought about the convenience of similar platforms. Just, you know, how does this effect me....

I just hope google releases a new version of the Nexus 10 soon. Don't know why it doesn't get as much attention as the Nexus 7.

I have been posting this around to people interested, but I think Google is waiting to make the nexus 10 release at the same time as the nexus 7. However, instead of releasing one not even a year later, they are waiting. Then people don't get upset, and Google doesn't have to eat the cost of shipping new nexus 10s to people who just bought the old one, or look like a jerk if they don't.

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Not to spread their resorces to thin they had to make a choice. They surely are working now on the code for their hardware partners. Their phones must be first in line now. So i think a lot of resources have been moved over to the new partners phone development.

Sigh. Guess I'll have to re-flash my Ubuntu Touch Galaxy Nexus to CyanogenMod Kitkat then. And I guess I won't be able to flash up my 2012 Nexus 7 Wifi+3G. A pity.

That stinks. I'm interested in Ubuntu touch, especially an infusion with android.

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A shame, since Nexus owners are probably far more likely to be into ROM flashing and alternative OS loads, but there are only so many codeslingers to go around, and I guess something had to give...

I sort of wonder what the point is. Here in Canada, iOS, Android, and BlackBerry have the market. WP8 is non existent. I'm actually seeing more and more enterprise users moving from BBOS 7 to BB10. These fringe players will never make a dent in the market. I just see so many barriers to entry, and not a whole lot of incentive to enter.

Don't get me wrong. Competition is good...I just wouldn't want to be the banker.

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Buhbye! Ubuntu just dropped off the radar for me. Decisions like dropping reference devices like this will get them exactly nowhere. What good is an infant os running on just one phone? Too many glory whores out there. :)