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!
• Volla Phone X is the first device to utilize a Halium 10 image (NotKit)
• Pixel 3a got a lot of updates for audio quality: Call volume can be controlled now in a sane way, even on loudspeaker, and less issues with echo cancellation (fredldotme)
• “Interactive drawer blur” on devices that support it (Watch the drawer background change when its moved over different apps) (fredldotme)
• WebGL support on devices that support it (Blacklisted are BQ e4.5, E5, Meizu MX4, Nexus 4) (dobey)
• Persian keyboard is now available (dobey)
• Greeter rotation (Login screen does follow orientation) (capsia)
• Dialer: Auto-suggest contact names based on phone number, App demo reenabled (lduboef)
• Camera permissions enforced on Halium 9 devices that support it (fredldotme)
• Preparations for FM Radio (to be continued) (mardy)
• Filter out some invalid touch events on bogus panels (Flohack74)
• Fingerprint can be used on Oneplus 5T now (Flohack74)
• Camera is usable in Morph Browser (nice videocalls incoming) (fredldotme)
• Fixed a bug with the shader cache (dobey)
• Preparations for the new contacts backend (mardy)
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.