At CES, we showed you a demo of Ubuntu for smartphones running on a Galaxy Nexus, and it now appears that intrepid developers will be able to obtain their own build as of next Thursday, February 21st.
While the finished product will run on its own hardware, these early developer builds for touch devices are designed for Android devices, specifically the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus. Developers will be able to download and flash the software to these phones to aid in the creation of apps using the preview SDK.
The SDK, which is built atop of the latest Qt framework, comes with tutorials and design guidelines to ensure developers create beautiful, functional apps. As for casual users, it looks like there won’t be much to the installation process, though it will be a little more involved than flashing a custom Android ROM.
We’ll do our best to get a hands-on with the new mobile operating system as soon as possible, but in the meantime check out our preview from CES after the break.