Fwd: [Ubuntu-phone] ANN: Ubuntu Core/Touch Android 4.4 support & touch engineering platform/devices/hardware going forward

Jack Ramsay jack at troop55.net
Mon Jan 13 16:07:06 UTC 2014

Why are we dropping support for those devices? I honestly think that it is
a bad choice to only support the newest devices because there are a lot of
people that are using those devices. It honestly seems like a push to make
people go out and get new devices.
On Jan 13, 2014 9:44 AM, "Nicholas Skaggs" <nicholas.skaggs at canonical.com>

>  News about changing supported devices for testing and development. In
> short, the new nexus7 is going to be supported, while the old nexus 7 and
> nexus 10 will be dropped. On the phone side, the older Galaxy Nexus is also
> going to be dropped.
> I hope this helps those of you who own the newer nexus 7 and were keen to
> help out!
> Nicholas
> -------- Original Message --------  Subject: [Ubuntu-phone] ANN: Ubuntu
> Core/Touch Android 4.4 support & touch engineering
> platform/devices/hardware going forward  Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:40:56
> +0100  From: Alexander Sack <asac at canonical.com> <asac at canonical.com>  To:
> Ubuntu Phone <ubuntu-phone at lists.launchpad.net><ubuntu-phone at lists.launchpad.net>
> Hi all,
> the Ubuntu Core - Phonedations team used their first days during this
> new year to work on enabling the Android 4.4 enablement stack for our
> Ubuntu Touch efforts. As moving our platform to a new Android baseline
> means that we would have to reinvest into all currently supported
> devices, it's time to look at what devices we want to focus on going
> forward.
> Fast forward to the "Summary" section if you are just interested in
> what targets will be supported/discontinued. Here is the way of
> thinking and the decisions about what devices/platforms we will focus
> on going forward:
> 1. Ubuntu Engineering (UE) will make a strong push on the _emulator_
> during the month' ahead. Goal is to support the emulator for arm and
> x86 as a _primary engineering platform_ for UE and our App Development
> community. Once the emulator bits become available (stay tuned for
> further announces) please take the time and start using the emulator
> for everything you usually would do on the phone. We really want to
> make the emulator a class A engineering platform for everyone and want
> to hear about what works and what doesn't. Thanks!
> 2. Ubuntu Engineering (UE) will _continue to focus on the Nexus 4
> phone platform_ and will _not adopt the new Nexus 5 platform_ short
> term (before 14.04 is out). We decided against moving to the latest
> Nexus phone, because the switching costs were simply too high taking
> our current engineering goals/agenda/needs for 14.04 into account. Of
> course, once we are on android 4.4, enabling the Nexus 5 should be
> relatively easy, so if anyone from community wants to adopt this baby,
> please get in touch with me or the #ubuntu-touch team.
> 3. Ubuntu Engineering (UE) will _discontinue producing builds for the
> Galaxy Nexus (maguro) phone_ to ensure we can really focus on the N4
> and emulator to polish and drive our Ubuntu Touch engineering agenda
> towards 14.04.
> 4. Ubuntu Engineering (UE) will consolidate the supported tablet
> device landscape and focus on making one device shine rather than
> producing builds for all the NEXUS tablet platforms out there. The
> platform chosen to be supported on our way to 14.04 is the NEW nexus 7
> device (razor). The chipset (same as the N4) and form factor were just
> too compelling to not make the move; in turn, we will discontinue
> producing builds for the old Nexus 7 (grouper) and the Nexus 10
> (manta).
> Community Platforms
> ==================
> Note, that while UE will by itself only invests in certain Nexus
> platforms, we would be happy to explore how we can support skilled
> community members that want to adopt one of the Nexus platforms
> through infrastructure and to some degree know how and project
> management services. So, if you feel you want to adopt one out of
> Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 (grouper), Nexus 10 (manta), please talk to me
> and the #ubuntu-touch team ....
> Summary
> =========
> The primary engineering platforms for the coming month' will be:
>  1. emulator armhf for phone and tablet
>  2. emulator x86 for phone and tablet
>  3. Nexus 4 (mako) for phone
>  4. Nexus 7 (razor) for tablet
> The following engineering platforms will get EOL'ed:
>  1. Nexus 7 (grouper)
>  2. Nexus 10 (manta)
>  3. Galaxy Nexus (maguro)
> Timeline
> ========
> The move to Android 4.4 enablement is currently scheduled to happen
> ASAP, with our tentative engineering goals indicating that everything
> will be ready by end of January 2014.
> However, as always, we go as fast as we can and we don't plan to slow
> down or firedrill on this one to artificially make an exact milestone
> date. Meaning: don't be shocked if we suddenly end up being ready a
> week earlier earlier or later. We will send more accurate info about
> dates and infra downtime etc. roughly a week before, so stay tuned!
> Public Live-Spreadsheet
> ======================
> Since the question about what phones/tablets we will support came up
> frequently in recent weeks, UE wants to experiment with providing a
> public live spreadsheet that will contain up-to-date data about our
> hardware/platform support plans. If you find that useful and/or have
> suggestions how to improve this even further, please let us know!
> - https://docs.google.com/a/canonical.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au6idq7TkpUUdHE0RVFyb1lQYm5mYWp1Y0c3SlpZcnc#gid=0
> Warning: please realize that while we like plans and usually try to
> stick to them, things in this spreadsheet are by far not set in stone
> and can change on short or even without notice ... so better don't
> plan your business empire around this particular data without talking
> to us first :).
> Discussion
> ==========
> Please keep the discussion on the channels below:
>  - Mailing list: ubuntu-phone at lists.launchpad.net
> (https://lists.launchpad.net/ubuntu-phone/)
>  - IRC: #ubuntu-touch on irc.freenode.net
> Thanks,
>  - Alexander
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