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

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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15 Comments

1. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

13. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

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

2. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

11. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

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

3. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 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?

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

It has been stable enough for daily use since July.

4. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I wont be suprised if this outsells wp

5. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I thought android apps work on ubuntu...

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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).

6. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 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!

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Can this be installed as a dual boot with Android?

10. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

12. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

You need a dual-boot capable kernel.

14. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 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.

15. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 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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