As explained in our last few release milestone posts, we're entering a period where change to Ubuntu Touch will slow down for a while. This shift in priorities is allowing us to get Ubuntu Touch based on Ubuntu 20.04 built and on par with the stability of Ubuntu Touch based on Ubuntu 16.04. Even so, there are some great improvements in this release!
• Google accounts have been fixed and can now set up again properly
• Microphone access in the browser is working
• clock-app has a fix for a weird animation in timer mode when the clock hands were moved across 12 o clock position
• Storage overview in system settings got an overhaul and more categories, also detailing better how much space is occupied by Ubuntu Touch and whats reserved by the system
• Huge MMS improvements to allow notification and re-download of an MMS if it was not received properly
• User metrics (circle statistics on lock screen) fixed for all devices >= Halium 9
• Added Tamil font
• Switch to libmedia-hub-qt
• Clearing of recent/missed calls lists is now possible
• Magnetometer and compass plugin was added for all devices >= Halium 9
• Greeter redesign (PIN/Pasword entry)
• Progress to getting Halium 10 devices installable (this is not visible to ordinary users yet though)
And a few bugs and common issues have been fixed, too.
By the way, if you'd like to help us out with Ubuntu Touch based on Ubuntu 20.04, you can learn more on the GitLab Epic we created for the project. This epic lists milestones and tasks that need to be completed for the project to be finished. We're developing a tool called the UBports Platform Development Kit, an integrated vm-in-a-box with handy developer tools that make it a cinch to work on our 20.04 images. It works on many Linux distributions, Intel, ARM64 and MacOS. We're also working on Windows support. We'd appreciate you trying it out and giving us a hand with documenting and developing with it.