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Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander (aka Ubuntu Touch) now officially available for phones

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Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander (aka Ubuntu Touch) now officially available for phones
It's been a long road since the original announcement from Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth; and, it has been a lot of work by Canonical and its Ubuntu Community. But, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander was officially released today, which means that Ubuntu Touch is ready for its first time running on smartphones.

To be fair though, this first release is really aimed at developers working on apps for the platform, and for manufacturers working on hardware that will run the new mobile OS. There is no official download link for the software, but if you follow the usual installation process, you will get the newest release. Ubuntu Touch will come with a few community-built apps like browser, clock, weather, and calculator, as well as the full SDK. 

Canonical did confirm to us previously that this would be the release path for the OS. Today marks the first release ready to ship to manufacturers; and, when the first actual hardware is ready to launch running Ubuntu Touch, Canonical will be ready to launch the Ubuntu Software Centre for phones at that same time. In the meantime, Canonical will be working on bug fixes and optimization for tablets which should be done for the April 2014 (Ubuntu 14.04) release. 

Ubuntu Touch officially supports the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), and Nexus 10, but the community has extended unofficial support to dozens of other devices including popular devices like the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Note II. 

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posted on 17 Oct 2013, 22:36

1. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 783; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I need to pick up another N4 to give this another shot.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:24

13. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Thinking the same, my N4 is going to be a new test phone when I upgrade this holiday season.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 22:50

2. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I'd love to give this a try but for now I'm sticking with CM. I will move to Ubuntu when there is a large enough user base.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 03:03 2

11. kdealltheway (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Catch 22, if users stay with their current ROMs, user base wont get any larger...

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:01

3. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


I have a Nexus 4 and I really want to try this but I don't know how stable it really is + no apps. Can anyone confirm if this can be used as a daily driver atleast?

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:13 2

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2642; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It has been stable enough for daily use since July.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:49 4

4. runzlord (Posts: 26; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


I wont be suprised if this outsells wp

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:50

5. N-fanboy (Posts: 526; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I thought android apps work on ubuntu...

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:15

8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2642; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Android apps do not and will not work in Ubuntu.

The only connection is that Ubuntu is designed to run fairly easily on hardware made for Android (which is why Nexus devices are supported and the community has added other compatibility).

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:08 1

6. uchihakurtz (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I tried this on my Nexus 4 just now, still like the previous nightlies, some occasional lags here and there and still not many apps and also lack of boot screen and shutdown menu. I hope it'll be good for daily usage in the next few months. Good luck Canonical!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:33

9. livyatan (Posts: 641; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Can this be installed as a dual boot with Android?

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:35

10. uchihakurtz (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Some people can but I haven't tried, go to the thread, it's in XDA Forum Nexus 4's General section.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 04:08

12. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


You need a dual-boot capable kernel.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 14:15

14. scsa852k (Posts: 272; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Although I have high expectations for Ubuntu,
now is not the time for me.
No everyday apps, and can't even use LTE or HSPA data.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 23:36

15. steodoreben (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Can I install it on my Samsung Wave II GT-S8530? My wave currently runs Bada 2.0. No news for BADA and TIZEN? I really love Ubuntu Touch, so simple UI. I don't need so many apps to run. Thank you!

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