Canonical has announced that it will drop Ubuntu Touch support for various Nexus devices, with only two models to receive continued support including the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 (2013).
In other words, older devices such as the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 will stop receiving Ubuntu Touch support at the end of January, which means users that have installed Canonical’s mobile OS on any of these devices will have to look to unofficial developers for their Ubuntu Touch fixes.
The company explained that it wants to focus its efforts on the latest version of Ubuntu, 14.04, which is set to arrive in April, and only support a smartphone and a tablet model.
Not even the Nexus 5 will be supported by Canonical, or at least not yet, as the costs to do so at this time are deemed to be “too high,” although that may change in the future once Ubuntu 14.04 is out. That means you’ll either have to get a Nexus 4 or a Nexus 7 (2013) tablet to keep using the official Ubuntu Touch builds, in case you don’t already own one of these two devices.
The first true Ubuntu phones are expected to arrive later this year, as the company has confirmed it’s already working with at least one OEM on such devices. A few days ago, the Meizu MX3 has been spotted running Ubuntu, although it’s not clear at this time whether the device will officially support the mobile OS or not.