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Video: Hands-on With the Ubuntu Touch Preview Build

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Well, I finally got Ubuntu Touch booted up on my Nexus 10, so here is a brief hands-on with the world’s newest mobile OS. This is a developer preview build and is intended for use only by developers or hardcore enthusiasts. There are barely any working applications and in terms of being a “daily driver,” you would be better off looking elsewhere. What I will say is that Ubuntu Touch is actually quite gorgeous and I could really see myself using it down the road once it becomes more functional/stable. 

As you will see in the video, I ran into a little issue where backing out of an app is somewhat of a challenge. Like we have mentioned a few times already, this is an extremely early preview build of what we can expect to see down the road from this OS.

If you feel like trying out Ubuntu on your Nexus device, check out our instructions, right here.

  • Note on the video: there is no back button because you swipe from the left to get to the home screen. no need to slide up the menu. Gesture-based navigation.

    • Gotta love learning a new OS! 😛

      • Kane Stapler

        Also, the notification bar can be slid to the left and right to change from battery to wifi. Don’t need to slide back up every time

  • BHuber09

    I really wish I watched this video before I started to flash it on my N10.. haha I figured there would have been at least a bit more functionality in it. Oh well, still well worth it.

  • Hatyrei

    Does it works with other tablets? i have the a500. lol 😛

  • itznfb

    So it’s pretty awesome, and pretty meh at the same time. It feels Kindleish.

    • EC8CH

      The way the home screens handle the content is similar to Kindle, but other than that it looks much more functional than Amazon’s UI.

      • itznfb

        It’s a more full OS experience definitely. Just the feel and layout feels like a Kindle… I think we’re on the same page.

  • mbagasao

    Nice review Tim! U-BOOM!!-TU!!

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Had Ubuntu on my phone for about 5 minutes and back on with Android.

    • Max

      Well, duh. I don’t blame you. This is a very early preview build where hardly anything works.

      • MooleyBooleyTroll

        Duh? Didn’t take me very long to figure out I do not like the interface at all. Even when it is finished I can’t see myself using it on a phone. I might be OK with it on a tablet though.. Btw I do use Ubuntu as my main desktop so it has nothing to do with hating on Ubuntu 😛

    • michael arazan

      It’s a “Demo” build, just gives you poster highlights of what to expect, Clearly said “Not A Daily Driver” I have my reservations, but my brother will like this a lot and he’s been looking forward to this.

  • Anthony DeFrancesco

    if you read this it tells you what the passwords are as well as a way to ‘side-load’ (sort of) apps through ssh/adb, change timezone, add/remove any of the pictures, contacts, etc.


    if you find the keyboard stuck, you can swipe down to lower it.

  • sirmeili

    When you’re in an app, try swiping up from the middle. it should give you app specific functions (according to the video I watched). Maybe that will be easier than the bottom left?

  • Nick Floria

    i have it installed on my nexus 7 and it’s pretty cool since i don’t use my nexus 7 that often i might keep it on there for now and wait out the updates. I am looking forward to see where this os goes.

  • Marielena

    I am interested 😉

  • 4n1m4L

    I wasn’t interested before. Now I know its based on cyanogen.. so is this just another rom?

    • zmberven

      Um. No. Not even close.

    • tanknspank

      They JUST used the “hardware compatibility” of CM, so everything from the Dalvik VM up has been removed.

  • Mordecaidrake

    It seems really fluid, but I hate the home screen. No thanks.

    • ReeceOtteman

      before I saw the draft saying $4017, I didn’t believe that…my… neighbour woz like trully earning money parttime from there computar.. there moms best frend has done this for less than six months and resantly took care of the morgage on there apartment and bought a gorgeous Fiat Multipla. we looked here,

      • Marielena

        gorgeous Fiat Multipla

        • computar

          there moms best frend

    • PhoenixPath

      Will definitely try it out though. I only hope the N10 is available on the 1st when I intend to buy it…

      *crosses fingers*

  • Leroy Walker Jr

    it doesn’t do anything yet…so save yourself the hassle and wait