Just after over six weeks into the Ubuntu smartphone OS preview – Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu has announced preponing Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu which was earlier scheduled for March 2013.
The newly scheduled date for releasing images and open-source code for Developer Preview of Ubuntu is set for February 21 – and will be supported on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4.
A preview of Ubuntu Touch SDK and its App Design Guides are already available for developers building touch apps for Ubuntu. Importantly, the system supports multiple device sizes so porting Ubuntu might be lot easier than you thought.
Developer Preview of Ubuntu Smartphone will feature a bootable version but it is not suitable for casual users and is only intended for enthusiasts and developers. This version is only meant to provide a preview of Ubuntu Smartphone experience as well as help them flash it on a spare handset so that, they can develop and test apps.
Installing Ubuntu Smartphone Developer Preview
Canonical also announced to release tools for flashing mobile handsets, required to boot Ubuntu smartphone preview, on the same date (February 21) and will be available on Ubuntu archives.
Can I Flash my phone?
Well, as said – if your device is supported then you should be able to flash it as long as you know what you’re doing.
Also, if you’re visiting Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 25-28 February 2013 – then you can have your mobile phone FLASHED at Ubuntu booth no. 81D30 in App Planet Hall 8.1 through Canonical team members. Cool eh?
You’ll be able to see a variety of Ubuntu phones hitting the market soon.
Is my phone supported for Ubuntu?
In-depth installation process will be available on Touch Developer preview website and this wiki site will be maintained with all the latest updates on supported handsets. So, keep a track on that if your eyes have lit-up already 🙂
Will you be interested in flashing Ubuntu? If yes – don’t forget to bookmark their Touch Wiki website and do share your thoughts with us through comments.
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