What Do You Hope For Ubuntu Phone In 2017? Fed Up User Announces "Ubuntu Crickets"
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 28 December 2016 at 09:01 AM EST. 45 Comments
With just a few days left to 2016 and no major announcements expected out of Canonical to end the year, what are you hoping out of Ubuntu Phone and their mobile/convergence efforts in 2017?

Unfortunately, there's been little communication out of Canonical whether any new Ubuntu phones/tablets can be expected in 2017 or even when the next OTA (Over The Air) update can be expected. Thus it's led to a lot of users speculating about the future of Ubuntu Phone.

Inspired by this ubuntu-phone thread, what are your hopes for Ubuntu Phone in 2017? Share with us by commenting on users in the forums.

Among the hopes expressed by users on that thread is Ubuntu Phone being merged more into Ubuntu Core, Ubuntu Phone becoming useful in convergence and being renamed to Ubuntu Personal, greater adoption of Snap packages, more bug fixing, and more convergence work.

Not everyone is happy about the state of Ubuntu Phone, especially with the lack of any recent updates on the matter, no clear vision being had anymore for the project, convergence running behind schedule, and limited communication about OTA-15 as the next update. Given the situation, one Ubuntu Phone customer even comically announced Ubuntu Crickets given Canonical developers being silent over future Ubuntu Phone plans, no timeline for OTA-15, and no word on whether there will be future phone models and thus just the sound of crickets chirping.

So share with us in the forums what you hope to see of Ubuntu and specifically their convergence/phone efforts in 2017, hopefully we'll get some official communication from them in early 2017 about their public plans.
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