Ubuntu touch developer preview coming to Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus on February 21st

Daniel Bader

February 16, 2013 7:32am


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.

Source: Ubuntu
Via: Engadget

  • LeafsFan77

    Looks nice and reminds me of BB10 with all the gestures.

  • nik

    I would be down for this only if it has dual boot lol and ubuntu doesnt lag =D

  • JR

    Since both Ubuntu and Android are based on Linux kernels, wouldn’t that mean that they should be reasonably easy when it comes to service and app compatibility?

    • Matt

      Porting an android app (which requires the devalik vm that google’s android OS uses) would not be a simple task. Sure, most of the Java code would easily port, but the UI and platform specific code would require rewriting.

  • Someone

    Interface seems pointlessly complex.

  • john

    What kind of name is Florian?

  • bdub

    My new windows 8 laptop has something like that swipe from the side stuff on the ubuntu os. It drives me absolutely insane. Always popping up when I accidently swipe right to left on the scroll pad. I could see this doing the same. I dont see this catching on.

  • daksen

    can’t wait :)

  • Paul

    I like the OS but to be honest… I don’t see succeeding. To much of a learning curve if I give this to regular consumer like my parents or friends.

  • Rag3r

    Can I haz dual boot?