Ubuntu Phone image coming February 21st to Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4

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!

source: Canonical

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26 Comments

1. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Wish I knew how to use Ubuntu :-/

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Just fire up a Live CD on your desktop PC....

2. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Now I need to look for nexus.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

A unlocked GNexus is around $200 on Craigslist. Say it yesterday.

14. esinisa

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

In my country GNexus is $800 on contract :). f**ket up country...

26. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

The price jumped to $340 and Up on Craigslist.... I keep a close eye on Craigslist

3. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

nokia should consider ubuntu if they are not considering android.........

5. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Can I install this on my Symbian phone??

8. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

I hope this is an attempt at humor, as this means you did not only not read the article, but you would have to had not read the whole article title either. "Ubuntu Phone image coming February 21st to ------> Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4

13. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Read the article again: "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"

16. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

r u nut............ u want a dead os on super fones........

22. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

so want it on your n8 or 808..... i think it ll make ur fone more fast... may b

6. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

wohooo!!! my note 2 can't wait any longer, its goona be epic! one love linux

21. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

I got Ubuntu and LOVE IT!! Even going to better on the Galaxy S III and Note II!!!

7. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Another reason to get a nexus phone!

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh sweet. Now bring it to tablets!

11. hadouken

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

In case you're interest, Ubuntu is available for the nexus 7. Not the same UI though, it looks like the desktop version.

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Good. Give them a year and they would be good for people for whom one billion apps are just a number. :)

12. yazbuh

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Got a Gnex never really rooted it since, because I'm contented with the performance and experience, but I root my other phones like Galaxy Ace, Xperia X8... Hope with will support CWM so I can easily restore my original android version... :)

15. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

the gestures on ubuntu phones are really good but sometimes really annoying! i really prefer meego's gesture!!!

19. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

ah, so you've already used Ubuntu Phone?

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If it can be installed on non Nexus phones.....doesnt require alot of hacking to install on non Nexus phones....doesnt require an unlocked, unencrypted bootloader...this could be huge. This could breathe new life into older Android phones. I would actually put in claims for my broken Droid X1, RAZR and Droid 1 now. Droid 1 might be too old for a claim...lol. All 3 might be too old by now...

20. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Seems likely that it will require an unlocked bootloader, but we'll have to see.

23. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

well this is confusing...is Ubuntu going to be a REMIX of android....Like Ubuntu,kubuntu,Backtrack...Linux has a twisted mind of bringing the same OS in different names nd colours

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

JAVA Bloat of Android will be missing from UBUNTU i think. JAVA is a resource hog.

24. Shubham412302

Posts: 592; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

the thing which prevent mange from buying a nexus I is just its 16gb internal storage.. why don't Google bring a 32gb one. 16gb May be enough for many but not for me and others

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