Ubuntu Touch aiming to be a usable daily driver by the end of May

Ubuntu Touch aiming to be a usable daily driver by the end of May
Back at the beginning of March, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that Ubuntu Touch would be ready to be a daily driver by mid-March. Obviously that never happened, but it sounds like we may finally be close. It isn't guaranteed to happen, but Canonical is setting a goal to have Ubuntu Touch be "usable" by the end of May.

The news comes from Canonical's Director of Ubuntu Engineering, Rick Spencer. Spencer says that the decision was made in a discussion between himself, Shuttleworth, and Pat McGowan, Canonical's Director of Engineering and Product Strategy. The three men decided that development speed would accelerate once developers were able to "dogfood" the product, and that means it needs to get to a place where it can be a usable daily driver. 

McGowan defines a "usable daily driver" as being able to: make and receive calls, send and receive texts, browse the web on 3G or WiFi, toggle between 3G and WiFi, dim the screen based on the proximity sensor, import/add/edit contacts, and retain user data after an update. 

Those are the goals, and what the team is aiming to have done by the end of this month. Even if it doesn't make it by the end of the month, it sounds like a usable Ubuntu Touch is close, and we'll definitely be bringing another hands-on when it arrives. 



1. joesseth

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I hope it's for all devices not on high end devices only.

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

It is planned to run on all devices, high and low end. Canonical is hoping to have the platform gain steam in emerging markets, so it will definitely be optimized for low-end handsets.

4. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

can v install it on old devices like s2 ... just asking

8. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

from what i've read, if your device already has CM10.1 then you should be able to get Ubuntu touch ported over "easily"... apparently the phone boots into CM10.1 then chroots into Ubuntu... or something like that :P

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I love ubuntu mobile...but still can't change from android...because of the customization..

9. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i wonder if there will be any customization on Ubuntu touch... one thing I really really want for android to adopt is the gesture based navigation, buttons are sooo last century!

5. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

just shut up and bring it out!!! the more the merrier!!!

6. sapibuntinx

Posts: 61; Member since: May 08, 2013

why would you want ubuntu when android is already good... ubuntux sux everywhere, desktop and servers..

10. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

variety. plus, don't you want them to come out with some unique features that can be ported over to android?

7. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Cant wait to try this out

11. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i ll give a try.... than i ll go for a regular ubuntu fone if i like UI

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