I have decided to start a new miniseries on this blog. This miniseries will be overviewing the regular weekly Q & A's held by the Canonical community team. I don't promise to do this miniseries regularly because of my own time constrictions. I also will not write about every question that was asked, I will only write about questions and answers which I consider interesting. And I will only indirectly report what was asked and how it was answered. You can find those details in the video of the sessions themselves. I will however put a link to the videos(if I forgot the link, please tell me so in the comments). So let's start with the first question.
08:00 How many devices with ubuntu have been sold?
The Canonical community team members have said that they do not have the exact numbers of how many Ubuntu devices have been sold, they did however say that they are satisfied with the sales. They also said that sales are currently not their priority, their priority is to get customer feedback, and so far they are satisfied with the feedback. Michael Hall did also add that he is excited about some of the numbers from the application store, he said that the number of applications and downloads doubles every 4-6 months and that the application store currently has over 1800 applications.
13:10 Voice commands on the phone?
The community team members have said that voice commands will come, however, they are not a priority right now. What little work was done so far is mostly based on pocketsphinx. They are hoping to make voice commands a completely local technology so that no data will be se3nt to servers on the internet, due to privacy concerns.
22:00 Wifi hotspot on Ubuntu mobile devices?
It will probably come with OTA-6
23:40 How long will the BQ e4.5 receive updates?
Their answer was: Indefinitely, or at least as long as it is technically possible. There is no planned EOL target date, however it is a tiny bit dependant on the manufacturer. They did also say that in terms of updates they definitely plan to handle that better than Android does. They have mentioned that this is possible because the system is now well layered into multiple layers, so they are able to update the base system layer without interfering with the OEM layer.
26:30 Will we be able to use KDE plasma mobile alongside Unity 8, the same way we can use KDE plasma 5 alongside unity 7 on the desktop?
The Canonical engineers have not said a definite yes, but they did seem optimistic about it because, Plasma mobile is able to use the Ubuntu SDK applications, it was built on top of a Ubuntu touch image, it was another proof that the separation of system layers worked and because current ubuntu touch images still run a upgraded LightDM login manager. However they are still in contact with KDE developers, and they hope that click packaging will work with it. They also said that many small details still have to be figured out, like modifications to LightDM on unity8.
34:10 Will we have a quick camera option and an option for emergency contacts on the lockscreen?
The design team is looking to make the lockscreen more customisable and interactive. Also emergency dialling will be improved. However so far there are no plans to implement a quick camera on the lock screen.
39:50 Will application launch times be improved?
Community team members have confirmed that Canonical is aware of the issue. They have also said that it is internally discussed and they are working on it. They have also said that in their case the issue is not one big issue why applications are launching so slowly, but rather they have many small issues. Some of thema re in apparmor, others in the launching script, the SDK, etc...
The link to the session:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47GczsHH9aI