Touch developer preview for Ubuntu will be available for anyone interested in getting the first taste of the open source OS on smartphones from 21st of this month. The required hardware is either Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4. All the required material including the images and open source codes will be released on this day, while App Design Guides are already out. Enthusiasts wanting to flash their hardware will be able to get the required tools in Ubuntu archives.
Meanwhile, if you own either of the Nexus smartphones and are planning to attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, (25th – 28th February) then you can get your devices flashed to Ubuntu Touch Dev Preview by Canonical team at the Ubuntu stand.
Canonical’s Pat McGowan says, Ubuntu will offer support for a wide range of display resolutions and will be be extremely easy to port to existing devices. With the public preview beginning in a few days he says, the team is looking forward to offering the open source OS for more devices.
When Ubuntu 13.10 is released this October it will provide, for the first time, a unified platform, where apps designed will work on PCs, tablet, smartphones and even TVs, with no porting required and will also offer a truly complete smartphone experience.
On Ubuntu, native and web or HTML5 applications sit as equal citizens and so those developers already developing HTML5 applications will easily gain support for Ubuntu.
“This release marks the threshold of wider engagement – both with industry and community.” says Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu. “For developers, contributors and partners, there is now a coherent experience that warrants attention. The cleanest, most stylish mobile interface around.”
The following list of sites provides the required information and tools.
- Go to wiki.ubuntu.com/TouchInstallProcess to download Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu from Thursday 21st February.
- Go to developer.ubuntu.com to download the SDK to develop applications for Ubuntu.
- Go to http://design.ubuntu.com/apps to read the Apps Design Guide giving advice about designing and building beautiful and usable apps for Ubuntu on the phone.