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Ubuntu Touch is no longer maintained as a core product by Canonical. However, the Ubports community are continuing development.
Information about the phone platform, features and specification can be found on the Device page of Ubuntu's website. Software images and the source code will be available on the 21st of February 2013.
An Ubuntu SDK preview is available to allow the development of applications for Ubuntu on the phone. The toolkit components, the App Design Guides, API documentation and tutorials are available on the Ubuntu App Developer Site.
We are on irc.freenode.net in the #ubuntu-phone channel.
If you do not have an IRC Client or are brand new to IRC you can quickly and easily sign on to our team channel here.
Ubuntu Phone FAQ
This document aims to collect all the information we know about the Ubuntu Phone project and links to useful media. This is not in any way official.
- When can I buy one?
Not yet. Maybe in 2014.
- Will the source code be available?
Yes, on Launchpad and other locations, on 21st February 2013, and managed similarly to the desktop distribution.
- When can I see one?
At CES in Las Vegas or Mobile World Congress.
- What phones will it run on?
- Are installable images available for download?
Not at this time. Images for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 will be available on 21st February. Images for other phones are still "to be determined".
- What versions of Ubuntu does the SDK preview support?
Currently packages exist for 12.04 LTS, 12.10 and 13.04
- What apps are available?
There is a dialer (that actually works and makes calls, not a UI mockup) and a number of other applications that have been demonstrated. There is one application that is a hello world framework that is released at http://developer.ubuntu.com/get-started/gomobile/ Other applications will be based on QML or HTML5.
Will desktop applications such as LibreOffice run on it?
When the phone is docked to a screen you should be able to use the full desktop applications. When they are on the small screen they would need a QML display which might be part of the same application.
- How much will it cost?
This is unknown and depends on the hardware that it comes with. There are indications that it would be targeting super high end phones and other indications that it would be a low end mass market device. There hasn’t been much talk of a mid-range device.
- Is this the same as Ubuntu For Android?
No, that is a different technology based on running Android operating system with Ubuntu running in a chroot under Android and with integration between the Ubuntu and Android personalities. Ubuntu Phone does not have an Android operating system - however it may have the same kernel and drivers that Android uses as both are based on the Linux platform.
- Is this something to do with Linaro?
There does not appear to be any Linaro involvement at the moment but some parts of the Linaro toolchain such as the compiler are being used. The kernel being used on the demo systems is the Android Open Source Project kernel.
- Is there an Emulator available?
There is a phone emulator that is being put together but there is no indication as to when it will be available yet. For now, you can just run apps in a desktop window.
- Will I have root access to modify my phone's core components, unlike on Android?
This can't be yet predicted. While Ubuntu itself aims to be a completely open system, and as a part of its philosophy Canonical will recommend this approach, the manufacturers themselves may decide to lock the system down in a way similar to Android. This is because limited access to core resources means much easier support for manufacturing companies. Locking down mechanisms won't be a feature of Ubuntu Phone OS, but manufacturers can't be forced to leave the system on their phone fully open.
- Does it use the debian packaging system
- Is it running X or Wayland or something else?
Hands on videos
- Canonical Bloggers
- Other Bloggers