Ubuntu finally launched their long awaited Ubuntu Touch OS today for several Nexus devices. Complete with an alpha build SDK, this developer preview shows great promise. Having used the operating system myself today, I personally feel this could very well be a contender in the OS eco-system right up there with Android & iOS. The Developer Preview is an extremely early build and mostly meant for developers looking to get started with their apps for the new OS.
Ubuntu did issue a warning with the release of the Developer Preview:
While a huge amount of Engineering and Design work has been put into ensuring that the foundations for our user experience vision are in place, we want to stress that the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview is currently work in progress. We are releasing the full code at this point to align to our philosophy of transparency and open source development.
We recommend to install the Touch Developer Preview only if you are a developer or enthusiast who wants to test or contribute to the platform. It is not intended to replace production devices or the tablet or handset you use every day.
There are currently four phone models currently supported. You should check with the Ubuntu Developer website for more details on supported models.
I think the release of the Developer Preview today went quite well, and even though there were bugs, It was still met with great enthusiasm. I have seen negative comments, but some people just need to realize that this is a “preview”. A developer preview at that, and some things won’t work right. It is to be expected. Phone enthusiasts and developers know this. I personally used the OS today and was quite pleased with it’s looks and performance so far. I’m sure by October it will be much smoother.
If you ware interested in testing the new Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview, and seeing what all the hype is about, then head over here, here, here, and here. The links are all the same, this is just really exciting.
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