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Ubuntu Touch OTA-22 lands with video calling improvements and FM radio daemon

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The UBports Foundation has announced the availability of Ubuntu Touch OTA-22. It comes with plenty of improvements but among the headlines is that video calling now works in the browser (but not apps just yet) and that an FM radio daemon has been added and that the app should be available in the next release.

For those already running Ubuntu Touch on one of their devices, the update can be obtained through the Updates screen of the System Settings. UBports is randomly rolling out the update to devices from today but it won’t push it out to everyone just yet in case the distribution needs to be paused to fix a major issue. If you don’t run Ubuntu Touch yet but have a device lying around that you’d like to try it on, just head over to the Ubuntu Touch devices page for instructions.

There are other improvements in this update aside from those already mentioned; QQC2 apps now follow the system theme, including the dark theme, the lock screen has been improved with rotation and a nicer looking emergency bar, WebGL has been turned on for most devices, and the dialer app now supports dialpad autocomplete. If you’re running Ubuntu Touch on a Pixel 3a or 3a XL, the sound quality and volume control have been improved too.

In terms of issues, the main one is that older devices do not support WebRTC and/or WebGL, therefore, WebGL has been disabled on the BQ E4.5 and E5, Meizu MX4, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 2013. Finally, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL are getting better with power management but consumption is still very high.

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