Following the announcement of Canonical’s Ubuntu mobile OS before CES last year and CEO and founder Mark Shuttleworth claiming that Ubuntu smartphones will reach the market by October this year, the UK-based company announced that it will be releasing a developer preview of the mobile OS on February 21. The preview will be out on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 and is meant for developers and advanced users who want to see a demo of how the OS functions and develop applications for the platform.
“Developers who have experience bringing up phone environments will find it relatively easy to port Ubuntu to current handsets,” said Pat McGowan, who leads the team that developed the Android-specific ROM. “We look forward to adding support for additional devices for everyday testing and experimentation,” he added.
The press release also mentioned Ubuntu’s plans for convergence between devices like mobile, TV and desktop. It further mentioned that the Ubuntu 13.10 for PCs, which is due in October, will include a complete entry-level smartphone experience.