While the previous release Ubuntu Touch OTA-12, brought a lot of new features and changes for many supported mobile devices, the latest Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 extends the support for more mobile devices with UI Improvements.
Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 update brought support for six additional mobile devices which includes: Sony Xperia X, Xperia X Compact, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ, OnePlus 3, and 3T.
What’s New in Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Release?
Besides the UI improvements and additional devices supported, OTA-13 also brings the QtWebEngine, which has undergone a huge upgrade from the previous version 5.11 to the new version 5.14, with QTWebEngine 5.14 including a new version of Chromium in addition to the built-in Morph Browser.
There is also a speed boost of about 25% faster browsing experience on all Ubuntu Touch supported devices, and users can now select only the text they want from web pages using the touch handles, and also open downloaded text, PDF, MP3, and picture files directly on the browser.
Additionally, Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 also brought back the old icon-based System Settings main menu, which means that if the window is too small for a list-based layout, it'll automatically switch to an icon-based layout.
How to Upgrade to Ubuntu Touch OTA-13
Ubuntu Touch mobile OS can be installed on the supported devices using the UBports Installer and OTA through the official “Stable” update channel available in System Settings > Updates > Update Settings > Channels.
And if you want to install the OTA-13 update now, you should turn on ADB access and run the following command over adb shell:
sudo system-image-cli -v -p 0 --progress dots
However, if you already have the previous version of Ubuntu Touch installed, you can get the latest OTA-13 via the normal Updates in System Settings, but you'll have to wait until its officially available over the coming week.