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Ubuntu Touch Leaving Some Devices Behind;Support Drops For The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 2012, And Nexus 10

January 13, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz


If you have been watching the development of the Ubuntu Touch software that has been available for devices like the Nexus line, and were hoping to test it out for yourself, you’re in for some bad news. According to OMG!Ubuntu, Canonical is dropping support for three different Nexus devices, and has no immediate plans to support the Nexus 5 anytime in the future. There has been no official word that the Nexus 5 wouldn’t eventually start getting support for Ubuntu Touch, but at this point we wouldn’t say that it’s likely, as Canonical has put it “on hold” for now. As for the devices that previously had support but will be losing it soon, the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 2012 edition and the Nexus 10 are all losing support for the mobile Ubuntu based software. You can still set it up though if you’re running a Nexus 4 or the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 and wanted to give it a shot, but at this point in time that’s it.

While it is an unfortunate thing for some people to come across this information, Ubuntu(should the be telling the truth, which we assume they are as it sounds like a legitimate reason) has tons of stuff in the works at the moment and they say they need all hands on deck to work on their priority projects, those being the newest version of Ubuntu which is 14.04, and continuing to focus on Ubuntu for phones. Diverting some of their attention from these two projects to continue developing Ubuntu Touch for that many mobile devices would seem to take some of their focus away from the more important stuff, which they ultimately don’t want as they want to make sure they can deliver a product that people will love.

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So, what does this mean for you if you are someone who has what will soon be an unsupported device and wanted to test Ubuntu Touch? Well, support hasn’t been dropped completely yet, that time won’t come till the end of January, the very last day to be exact. So if you have the time to dedicate, you can still get everything going before the last day of this month. However once the support stops, you’ll have to continue gathering support and new improvements from the developer communities that are out there. Of course if you have a Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 2013 you can carry on like you were planning as Canonical will continue to work on these two. What do you think about Canonical dropping support for those three devices? Does it affect you in any way? Let us know what you think in the comments.