Ubuntu Phone image coming February 21st to Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4
We've all been waiting patiently to get our hands on the Ubuntu Phone preview image that was promised, and it looks like we won't have to wait too much longer. Canonical has announced that it will be releasing the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu Phone on February 21st, and will launch with support for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 handsets.
Canonical is making it clear that this should not be your primary driver, saying the Preview is "intended for enthusiasts and developers, to familiarise themselves with Ubuntu's smartphone experience and develop applications on spare handsets." Canonical will release tools to easily flash your device with Ubuntu Phone on the same date.
Additionally, if you happen to be lucky enough to be attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of the month, the Canonical team will have a booth set up and will flash your device with Ubuntu. The booth will also show off Ubuntu running on "a range of devices". Canonical has said before that Ubuntu will run on any device that can run Android, so it will be nice to see it on non-Nexus devices. We're wondering if Ubuntu will make use of the physical function buttons on most Android devices.
So, not too long to wait, and we finally get to play with Ubuntu!