Below is a picture tour of what Ubuntu Touch running on the device, along with descriptions of what works and what doesn’t. If you’re impatient, you can find links to download the images and instructions for flashing them here.
First a disclaimer, these aren’t professional pictures. They were taken with my Nexus 4, also running Ubuntu Touch, and the colors are slightly shifted horizontally for some reason. I didn’t notice it until I had already gone through and taken 58 pictures and downloaded them to my laptop. Apologies for that. But you can still get a feel for it, so let’s carry on!
The touch screen and edge swiping worked perfectly, as was neatly demonstrated by going through the new introduction tour.
Dash & Launcher
The Dash also works exactly as expected. This build has a low enough pixel/grid-unit, and high enough resolution, that it fits 4 icons per row, the same as you get on Asus Nexus 4. The icons on the Launcher felt a little small, but everything there worked perfectly too.
The indicators were missing some functionality, which I assume is a result of Ubuntu Touch not working with all of the Find 5′s hardware. Specifically the WiFi isn’t working, so you don’t see anything for it in the Network indicator, and the screen brightness slider was non-functional in the Battery indicator. Sound, however, worked perfectly.
Not having WiFi limited the number of apps I could play with, but most of the ones I could try worked fine. Sudoku and Dropping letters don’t work for some reason, but the Core Apps (except Weather, which requires network access) worked fine.
As I already mentioned, WiFi doesn’t work on this build, nor does screen brightness. The camera, however, is a different story. Both the front and back cameras worked, including the flash on the back.
While this build didn’t meet all the criteria I had initially set out, it did so much more than any other image I had received up until now that I am happy to call it the winner. The developer who built it has also committed to continuing his porting work, and getting the remaining items working. I hope that having this Find 5 will help him in that work, and so all Find 5 owners will have the chance to run Ubuntu Touch on their device.Read more