Ubuntu Touch Developers Preview Released: Here’s How To Try It

Few months back Canonical announced that they will be releasing their mobile phone operating system, Ubuntu Touch. And I am very excited to tell you guys that it is now live and available for installation. The release targeted Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. If you have any of this these devices and a Ubuntu desktop, you can now try and experience what Ubuntu Touch has to offer.

Installation

The installation instruction is available in the Ubuntu Wiki. The wiki teach you how to recover the image using the Touch Developer Tools PPA. It will guide you all the way through setting up PPA on your Ubuntu desktop to unlocking your device and installing Ubuntu Touch. Should you wish to revert back to Android, the steps on how to recover it is also posted on the wiki.

“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. This process will delete all data from the device. Restoring Android will not restore this data.”Canonical

As stated by Canonical, this is just a Developers Preview so not all features are available as of yet. There are few applications that are pre-loaded such as Messaging and Address Book. Some applications are also displayed in the home screen though they are just previews. Opening these applications will just lead you in an image of how the preview app would look like once it is available.

What’s Working

  • Messaging
  • Address Book
  • Gallery
  • Browser
  • Wifi

Some Known Issues

  • You can not download applications yet.
  • GSM and Messaging are only available for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4.
  • CDMA LTE is not supported yet.
  • Mobile data is not available yet though you can use Wi-fi for that.
  • More Known Issues can be found here.

Flashable ZIP Files

You can now download flashable zip files here (Ubuntu Touch Images) and flash it via CWM or TWRP as you normally would with Custom ROMs.

Flashing via Custom Recovery

Just to be sure I will provide the instructions here:

  1. Download the device specific zip file.
  2. Download ARMHF.zip.
  3. Boot into Recovery.
  4. Wipe data and cache.
  5. Install the device specific zip file.
  6. Install ARMHF.zip
  7. Reboot. Have fun!

Note

Personally I own a Galaxy Nexus but I think I’m going to pass in trying this because of the Mobile Data issue. I find it dreadful to live without Mobile Data on my Galaxy Nexus. But that’s just me, and that’s really the only reason why I will pass on trying it. But once the more stable versions come, or a version with Mobile data fixed comes, I will try it so I can post more about it.

Please be sure to read the known issues and device specific issues through the links i provided to avoid any possible problems. If you have questions feel free to ask. Post a comment and let me know what you think.

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