As promised, Canonical has released a developer touch preview of Ubuntu OS for smartphones and tablets. The preview is available for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. In Canonical’s own words, the preview is unfinished and is for evaluation purposes only, so think twice before you jump in and flash your devices. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
“The Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview is intended to be used for development and evaluation purposes only. It does not provide all of the features and services of a retail phone and cannot replace your current handset. This preview is the first release of a very new and unfinished version of Ubuntu and it will evolve quickly. If you want to install this release, please follow the guide provided, which details the available features and how to navigate the user experience.” Also Read - OnePlus 8 series getting OxygenOS 11 Open Beta with June Security patch and more
Canonical has ensured that Ubuntu OS is based on Android Board Support Package, which means that device manufacturers don’t have to change anything significantly and can use the same hardware they use for Android to run Ubuntu. The company announced Ubuntu for smartphones just before CES and showed off the tablet version earlier this week, before MWC kicks off next week. The first devices on Ubuntu are expected to be launched earliest towards the end of 2013. Also Read - How to get Disney+ Hotstar subscription for free
Canonical is touting Ubuntu as one platform that can run across all screens – PCs, notebooks, smartphones, tablets and TVs. You can check out the developer preview of Ubuntu on your compatible Nexus smartphone or tablet by following the instructions mentioned here.