Ubuntu Touch is the privacy and freedom respecting mobile operating system by UBports. Today we are happy to announce the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-8! OTA-8

Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 Release

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Ubuntu Touch is the privacy and freedom respecting mobile operating system by UBports. Today we are happy to announce the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-8! OTA-8 is appearing as a staged rollout for all supported Ubuntu Touch devices over the next five days, completing on Sunday, March 10th. You can skip to How to get OTA-8 to get it right away if you're impatient, or read on to learn more about this release.

What's new?

OTA-8 is primarily a stability improvement release as we continue to work on using upstream technologies in Ubuntu Touch, increasing our project output.

Morph Browser

Chris has continued his work to make the Morph Browser better, bringing the following improvements:

Ubuntu Touch has an experimental system-wide dark theme that is supported by most of the core apps and many of the apps in the OpenStore. Since it is experimental, it can only be enabled using the UT Tweak Tool (though some apps such as WeatherFluffyChat and TELEports have it as a built in option). This update completes support for the dark theme in the browser:

This update also fixes the display of browser error pages, brings back favicon support for favorites, and allows apps to inject custom JavaScript into embedded Morph.Web views.

Test, test... 1, 2...

Until this point, we've been bad developers. In an effort to bootstrap Ubuntu Touch as quickly as possible, we disabled automated testing in our CI and relied on manual testing runs in the weeks leading up to our releases. That hadn't caused problems yet, but we knew it would. During this cycle, we re-enabled automated testing in our CI and watched as some packages failed to rebuild. Then, we got to work fixing those tests. In particular, Rodney contributed the fixes required to get the test pass for the UITK, the toolkit used to create Ubuntu Touch applications. While fixing tests doesn't usually result in user-facing changes, it ensures that we can make changes with confidence and work faster in the future.


A full changelog for this release follows. This does not include fixes and improvements gained from upstream Ubuntu, just the changes made by Ubuntu Touch contributors during this cycle:

[Chris Clime]

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