This morning, the Ubuntu Touch developer preview was released for Nexus devices. At first, it appeared that the files could only be flashed if you were on a machine running Ubuntu, but now, anyone with an unlocked device running a custom recovery can get to flashing.
We have placed easy-to-follow instructions down below for anyone willing to try out the preview. Again, this is a developer preview and you will find bugs and non-working functions. Long story short, if you want to use your device as you would normally, stay away from these. (more…)
It’s finally Thursday and if you have been paying attention, you would know that means it’s finally Ubuntu Day! This morning, Canonical released the developer previews of Ubuntu Touch that was built to allow developers an early access until the OS’s official release slated for some time early next year. (more…)
Following the announcement of developer preview availability, Canonical announced this morning that a tablet-friendly version of Ubuntu will be ready for Nexus tablets starting this Thursday. Developers can load the OS up on either Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 devices, which has a new multitask interface which is previewed in the video below. (more…)
So HTC may have said before that they were getting out of the Android tablet game after “learning a lot,” but it seems that they might be diving back in. Hot off the heels of the picture that HTC tweeted featuring hidden devices, Ubuntu’s website is now counting down to something: HTC’s press event tomorrow morning. (more…)
If you are either an Ubuntu enthusiast or developer looking to get your hands on the new touch-based Ubuntu smartphone OS, then February 21 is your big day. The images and open source code will become available for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 devices through their Wiki site. As an interesting bonus, attendees of MWC in Barcelona can choose to have their devices flashed with the new OS directly by the Canonical team. (more…)
Fans of Ubuntu can go run to their calendars and pencil in the entire month of October as the time frame for the release of Ubuntu smartphones. According to Mark Shuttleworth, the CEO of a company that provides services for corporate customers using Ubuntu, the devices will be ready for launch sometime in October with developer units being ready to ship later this month. (more…)
One of my favorite parts of the Ubuntu Phone OS was the homescreen you are brought to when you power the phone on. Luckily for me, I’m not alone and some developers got together to make that design into a nifty live wallpaper. Once installed the wallpaper gives you a clock smack in the middle of the screen with subtle pulsing circles behind it. Very subdued and minimal for those who like it that way.
The wallpaper doesn’t drag on the phone’s performance too much either, which is a common problem from live wallpapers. While the app is fairly barebones now, the developers have promised customization like moving the circle, ability to change the clock format and different colors. For free it’s a live wallpaper with a lot of upside, you can get the download link below.
To start off this story, let me give you the list of specs and you can decide if it sounds good or not to you. 10.1″ 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display that is powered by a Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor underneath. It boots Android 4.0 and Ubuntu 12.04 and runs 2GB of RAM alongside 32GB of storage. Quite an impressive spec sheet, and the price is only around $415. (more…)