Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander (aka Ubuntu Touch) now officially available for phones
posted by Michael H. / Oct 17, 2013, 10:16 PM
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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I need to pick up another N4 to give this another shot.
posted on Oct 17, 2013, 10:36 PM 0
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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 Oct 17, 2013, 10:50 PM 0
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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 Oct 17, 2013, 11:01 PM 0
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I thought android apps work on ubuntu...
posted on Oct 17, 2013, 11:50 PM 0
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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 Oct 18, 2013, 12:15 AM 0
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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 Oct 18, 2013, 12:08 AM 1
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Can this be installed as a dual boot with Android?
posted on Oct 18, 2013, 12:33 AM 0
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