Ubuntu Touch OTA-14: What’s new?

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Nexus 4 with Ubuntu Touch

The UBports Foundation announced it’s time to ask for help in testing Ubuntu Touch OTA-14! The new update is expected to be released on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Let’s see what’s new in this release.

What’s new?

The OTA-14 focuses on fixing issues affecting Android 9 devices, which is significant for the upcoming Volla phones.

Lionel Db. made a number of changes to the Contacts and Messaging apps to make them easier to use. Luca of postmarketOS fame contributed a number of fixes for compiling Ubuntu Touch software on newer distributions.

The foundation also made the necessary changes to allow the Nexus 6P and Xperia Z4 tablet to use the UBports installer.

The OTA-14 release also fixes media redirection to a Bluetooth headset or car kit after disconnecting and reconnecting. Bluetooth calls themselves were not remedied and remain broken on most devices. Car kit compatibility was not altered.

How can I test?

The UBPorts team has prepared a GitHub Project for OTA-14 QA which lists the issues they would like our feedback on. The QA column lists issues which do not have complete test results. The Done column lists issues which, thanks to our efforts here, are confirmed as fixed. The In Progress column lists issues which are not fixed, or where the fix introduces a severe negative side effect. The goal at the end of this is to have every issue in the Done column.

What information will be useful for UBports?

  • *Which device are you using?
  • Does the issue appear fixed in your testing?
  • Did you notice any side effects of the change as it is listed in the issue or Pull Request?

Testing any issue should be easy. On your device:

  1. Update all of your apps using “System Settings -> Updates” or “My Apps” in the OpenStore app
  2. Head to System Settings -> Updates -> Update Settings -> Release Channel
  3. Select `rc`
  4. Go back to the Updates screen to install the downloaded update

After your phone reboots, you’ll be on the OTA-14 release candidate! Of course, only step 4 is required if you are already on the `rc` channel, this update will come through as normal.

You will receive an image named `(2020-W43)` or newer. You can find your image version in System Settings -> About -> OS.

Now you can pick any issue in the QA column in the [OTA-14 project, then ensure that you are not able to reproduce it. If you can’t reproduce the issue, the fix worked! If you can still reproduce the issue (or you notice something else isn’t right), we want to know about that too.

Leave a comment with your device and image version, then let us know the results of your test.OTA-14 Call for Testing forum post where we can discuss any questions you may have about anything that comes up during your testing.


Marius Gripsgard


Alberto Mardegan

Luca Weiss

Lionel Duboeuf

Ratchanan Srirattanamet

Joan “Cibersheep”

Rodney “dobey”

Florian Leeber


  • Add Xperia Z4 Tablet to UBports Installer


Dalton Durst

Willem-Jan de Hoog

Jonatan Hatakeyama Zeidler

Mateo Salta

Alfred “fredldotme”

Michele “mymike00”


Kevin Keijzer

Jami Kettunen

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