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Ubuntu Touch Now Available for the Nexus Family

February 21, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

For those crackflashers out there like me, it’s time to flash again. Today, Canonical pushed out images for Ubuntu Touch for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. It’s important to remember that this is a developer preview and there will be bugs along with almost no applications. We also have a tutorial of how flash Ubuntu Touch preview on your Nexus device. It’s just like flashing a ROM. So if you’ve ever flashed CyanogenMod, AOKP or any other ROM you’ll be good to go.

There is another process, but you’ll have to install by using your computer, and that’s available on Ubuntu’s wiki. But you’ll need to have Ubuntu running, so you can grab the image to install on your Nexus device.

Canonical does warn about the developer preview:

“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.”

You do have GSM connections on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4, as well as being able to receive phone calls, and texts. There is also word that the camera works well on Ubuntu Touch as well. You can think of this build as an early CyanogenMod nightly on a brand new platform. Not everything’s working, so if you still want to be able to use your device daily, you’ll want to stay away from Ubuntu Touch.

So how many of you have already flashed Ubuntu on to your Nexus device? How’s it running for you? Let us know in the comments below.