UBports releases Ubuntu Touch OTA-21 with a redesigned greeter

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The UBports Foundation has released Ubuntu Touch OTA-21 for supported devices with a host of improvements including improved storage statistics, a new greeter design, and better language support. The project has also fixed some issues that should help Ubuntu Touch come to Halium 10 devices in the future. While the PinePhone and PineTab are supported by Ubuntu Touch, they will not be getting an update labelled ‘OTA-21’.

In terms of new features, OTA-21 brings an overhauled storage statistics section in system settings that shows more categories and calculates used space more precisely. The greeter, which is shown before the device has been unlocked, has been improved significantly with a more modern design and looks different depending on whether you use a PIN or password to unlock the device. Language support has also been improved with support for the Tamil language font.

According to the release notes, on Pixel 3a devices, there’s an issue with video recording due to the incomplete clean-up of gstreamer cache on start-up. This can be fixed by restarting the phone once or twice or opening up the terminal and using the following command rm -rf $HOME/.cache/gstreamer-1.0.

To update to OTA-21, existing Ubuntu Touch users can head to the Updates section of System Settings to download the upgrade. Devices should be sent the update between now and next week. The staggered release means it can be paused more easily if users notify the team of significant issues. If you’re looking to download Ubuntu Touch, check out the devices page to see if your phone is supported.

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