Ubuntu phone download release date for Galaxy Nexus set for ‘late February,’ source code coming too

by: Chris SmithJanuary 7, 2013


The Ubuntu phone is very much real, but unfortunately it’s not available for the general public yet. However, there’s no long to wait now, especially if you happen to own a Galaxy Nexus, a device that has been used by Canonical to show its Ubuntu mobile OS.

According to OMG Ubuntu, the Ubuntu for Galaxy Nexus and the source code will be released at some point in “late February,” a lot sooner that we would have anticipated.

Sure, we don’t have an actual release date for you right now, and we have no idea whether the first Ubuntu phone image that’s going to be made available will work on other Android handsets, but we’ll learn more details in due time.

Moreover, we’re not even looking at a final Ubuntu OS version yet, with several components not working properly yet:

During our hands-on with the device we were impressed by its fluidity, touch-gestures, and designed. But there were gaps in its functionality.

For example, we found out that some key parts of the Ubuntu Phone experience, such as the ‘voice controlled HUD’ and an ‘app store’, don’t even exist yet; and many of those that do, such as the webkit-based web browser, are far from complete.

Meanwhile, not that we’re encouraging to install any custom software on your devices, but if you’re comfortable doing it will do so anyway, get your Galaxy Nexuses in order, as Ubuntu is coming.

  • Could this become available for the S3 T999? I am running the AOKP 4.2.1 and really like this rom.. Am looking forward to the CM10.1. Also have you seen the Resurrection remix? What do you think? What are you running Chris? Also is there any way to port or acquire wifi calling for roms that don’t have it stocked?

  • Jamal Ahmed

    Glad i bought a nexus device. open source FTW!

  • exen tri

    waiting ubuntu for htc phone :)

    .. I hope my old optimus one also able to run ubuntu, although its cpu is below min requirement..

  • Pootis Spencer

    I can’t wait until my iphone 4 contract expires.

  • Kookas

    This, combined with Steam Linux, will be what drives me to get Ubuntu up and running as my daily driver on my computer (with Windows on the sidelines, ready for the still plentiful Windows-only games). Well done Canonical.

  • I know they are working with getting Ubuntu optimized on the Nexus 7. I hope the forthcoming images for the Nexus 7 have the Ubuntu for Phones interface as default.

  • We need this now – middle of the month and no counter – any later it will be like WebOS

  • MiBa

    But it’s already past late Feb :(