Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview was released a few hours earlier for the Nexus family of Google devices. Ubuntu promised to let developers have all the tools they needed for developing for the Ubuntu Touch, along with latest build images that can be flashed on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus I9250. Ubuntu Touch is a complete gesture-based mobile OS which will have different interfaces for phones and tablets. One of the first Ubuntu phones is already set to release sometime in October of this year.
This current Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview is strictly for developers and if you plan on installing it on your device, please make sure you are ware of what you are about to do. To revert back to Android, you will have to install the complete Android OS from the official factory images available by Google.
Here is a list of Android devices currently supported by Ubuntu Touch:
- Nexus 4 (mako)
- Nexus 7 (grouper)
- Nexus 10 (manta)
- Galaxy Nexus (maguro)
We are sure Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview will soon make it to other Android devices, all thanks to the hard work from all the developers. We say this again and again. Please make sure you backup your Android data because installing Ubuntu Touch on your phone or tablet will complete WIPE all the data from your device — including the internal storage data as well.
For those who are wondering what to expect from Ubuntu Touch once installed, read the following few points:
- Shell and core applications
- Connection to the GSM network (on Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Nexus)
- Phone calls and SMS (on Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Nexus)
- Networking via Wifi
- Functional camera (front and back)
- Device accessible through the Android Developer Bridge tool (adb)
Please note, Ubuntu Touch is still in development. The current latest build has many features and apps still not working. They will be available by the time Ubuntu Touch goes in its final stages.
How to Install Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview on Nexus Devices
Here are our links to complete guides on how to install Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview on all the Nexus devices by Google: