Ubuntu Touch Preview for developers now available for Nexus devices

Daniel Bader

February 21, 2013 6:31pm

Got a spare Nexus lying around? Want to be on the forefront of the new wave of mobile operating systems? Know your way around a command prompt? Then the Ubuntu Touch Preview may be for you.

Sales pitch aside, today is the day you can download Ubuntu 12.10 Touch Preview for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus, a welcome surprise considering we were only expecting phone support today. The install procedure is fairly straightforward, but Canonical suggests you have a desktop version of Ubuntu to communicate with the mobile version.

The installation involves downloading a fastboot image and flashing it to a particular Nexus device. Take care to ensure you are loading the right one, as there are several versions available for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 depending on where it was purchased.

We’ve begun the process of downloading it to our Nexus 10 and will bring you a hands-on with the new software in the coming days. If you want to check out Ubuntu Touch, take a look at our preview of the operating system from CES.

Download Ubuntu Touch Preview. Here are the instructions.

Source: Ubuntu
Via: The Verge

  • pixielark

    looks promising, recently google was driving me nuts with the msm_hsic_host wake lock bug, watch out google, ubuntu is at your back now, and don’t let me flash all my friends nexus phone to ubuntu touch one year later

  • William

    Awesome but which download is best for which device? I would love to boot Ubuntu on my Gnex but I don’t want to sift through each download to know which is which

    • lookit that!

      lookie there, all you have to do is read the instructions that are linked in the fscking article, and you’d know what file to flash to what device.

      RTFM moron

  • pixielark

    and for the zip flash method, please flash the first device depend file first then the ubuntu touch system zip file

  • wewewi

    NEAT! I’d like to have an old Galaxy Nexus laying around..

    • Mike

      Gotta love how people make me feel even more behind the times by referring to the “old Galaxy Nexus” when I’m still rocking the Nexus One, just turned 3 years old LOL.

      Wish I was getting a chance to try this out.

  • Timmy

    We tried it today on a Nexus 7… LOL. its not ready yet. The game that come with it didn’t worked, calculator doesn’t work. Didn’t found the settings. Navigation is cool and fast, you can change app quickly. left side bar is cool too. The “home” screen is completely different, some will not like, could take some time to get used to it.

    Its only for dev, can’t be used as a daily build. But was cool to try!

  • superfly

    Tried it myself…..sadly…. total crap. It’s like a bunch of pages. Nothing works. Even as a Dev build its useless to use. Next…..

  • Bri

    Doesn’t look appealing to me..
    It looks like some cheap android launcher.
    But we’ll talk again once the final version is released!

  • TKG

    hardly excited for yet another OS….. to many already

  • Mike

    Tried it for about 5 mins, too laggy and slow. and it came preloaded with a bunch of fake contacts and messages that was completely useless imho. they should have released a completely empty one so that first turn on is like a new phone walks you through things as u go along just like android does.

  • ubuntu-preview

    This was a touch preview, a pre-alpha it’s not meant to be working (otherwise it would work lol). It’s preloaded with sample information so you can view how it might look with messages and real content. You do have the option of removing most of the sample content in there.

    This is a great preview for devs to get creative with! I wish other platforms allowed us to publicly preview product.

  • Techsmith

    I’m unlikely to ever use this, but nonetheless it’s pretty cool that phones like PCs are allowing us to choose alternate OS’s. Go open source!

  • til-bar

    Way too much media attention for a dev preview. Ubuntu made this out to be a public release, which it is not.

    Any non-developer will be disappointed/bored within 5 minutes and flashing back Android.

    The OS might turn out to be pretty cool once it’s ready to go!