Recently we mentioned that Canonical would be releasing their mobile device operating system, Ubuntu Touch. Well, true to their word, and unlike some other releases from other companies, it is live today. If you have a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10 and an Ubuntu desktop you can experience Ubuntu’s mobile offering.
The steps are provided on the Ubuntu Wiki. Don’t expect to get the image from the Wiki, you need to retrieve the image from the Touch Developer Preview Tools PPA on your Ubuntu computer. The Wiki has steps that take you through setting up the PPA, unlocking your phone (but we are betting your phone is already unlocked) to accept the new software, setting up the device and installing the product. There are instructions on how to restore Android if you wish to return.
“The Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview is intended to be used for development and evaluation purposes only. It does not provide all of the features and services of a retail phone and cannot replace your current handset. This preview is the first release of a very new and unfinished version of Ubuntu and it will evolve quickly. If you want to install this release, please follow the guide provided, which details the available features and how to navigate the user experience. This process will delete all data from the device. Restoring Android will not restore this data.”
The wiki says you can expect GSM connections on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4, and you can get phone calls and texts on these devices as well. Also, it is said to have a fully functional camera on all devices, something that even CyanogenMod can’t always provide in alphas. Of course this is a preview and should be considered an Alpha release, so be sure to read up on the known issues and device specific known issues. So head on over and check it out.
Finally, tomorrow, February 22 at 15:00 UTC on Ubuntu On-Air we’ll have two of the lead developers in a Hangout to talk about the project too, which might be interesting for the more technically interested.