Jan 07 AT 6:33 PM Dustin Earley 74 Comments

First Ubuntu Phone OS download for Galaxy Nexus to be available in February


At a press event held in London last week, Canonical unveiled the next big thing for the Linux-based Ubuntu: a smartphone operating system. Demoed on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the operating system wasn’t complete, but early hands-on reports were positive. Today, it has been announced that the first installable download of Ubuntu Phone OS is going to be released in February.

It still won’t be feature complete, but in just over a month from now, Galaxy Nexus owners with a mind for tinkering will be able to experience their first encounter with Ubuntu for phones. It’s not said if the first release will include the Ubuntu app store or voice actions missing during the unveiling of the platform, but you can be sure the essentials (dialing and messaging) will be fully functional.

As one of the most widely used Linux distributions in world, it’s hard to imagine Ubuntu Phone OS not making a splash. It may be a little late to topple the empire Google has built with Android, but I’m sure it will have its following. If you have a Galaxy Nexus laying around, will you be installing Ubuntu Phone OS? Let us know in the comments.

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Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • BlkSquad

    I will be checking this out. I’m salivating.

    • datiecher

      Throw this Ubuntu spin off together with Ubuntu TV and Ubuntu itself, we have a consistent experience across a lot of devices. Really can’t wait to try it!

    • vforvortex

      Phone only available in 2014, but the gesture interface looks really good once they fix the lag.

  • WesGTR

    I’m just waiting for the green light to tell TWRP to do that nandroid backup ASAP.

  • Noven

    I’m really excited for this. Anyone know where I can get a Galaxy Nexus for cheap still? Google has taken it down.

    Maybe I’ll order another Nexus 4 and wait for it to become available.

    • Thomas Biard

      Craigslist. You can get one for about $160-220

    • Tim


      • Noven

        Awesome, thanks Gents!

  • nesx87

    Will defo give the final build a go

  • Nathan D.

    That would be awesome to test out. To bad I don’t have a galaxy nexus.

    • nimslake

      I know , I was saying the same thing. Looks good and ‘tinkering’ is so much fun.

  • Ardrid

    Canonical is doing some fairly impressive/innovative things with that OS. Would love to see some of what Ubuntu OS is capable of make its way towards Android. And I would definitely give it a show if I had a spare GNex around.

  • lokidokie

    I’ll be checking it out for sure. Can’t see it being my daily driver tho

  • Bill Sincavage

    Definitely going to try, I’m getting a little tired of all the ASOP roms.

  • renyo

    Man this is very exciting news!

  • bigpeepz

    I happen to have a spare gnex lying around and I can’t wait. Every day I’ll ask myself if I feel like putting my sim in my Android phone or my ubuntu phone.

  • aranea

    Will this build allow dual booting? It’ll be cool to have both android and ubuntu on the same phone. Then I can try it when it becomes available for Nexus 4.

  • Anjie Cai

    Almost sure that I will be “trying” this, but i don’t think it’s going to be a great hit based on my past experience with ubuntu

  • Jorge Eslava

    Do I have a Galaxy Nexus laying around? yes. Do I have the time to play around with this? I wish.

  • nikhilverma

    If I had one , I would definitely give it a try.

  • troublecro

    Can’t wait tbh

  • g1user

    I will definitely give it a spin!

  • Shawn

    I will definitely be installing this on my nexus. After the massive disappointment of the locked down crippled and practically useless thing that was the atrix webtop im excited to try this and watch it mature… oh and I kinda dig the way the phone ui works too, at least what I can see from the videos.

  • sbala

    OS looks promising

  • cuteandrew21

    I saw the review from youtube and it looked pretty cool but wasn’t sure for the first release. May be we should wait for the stable version after they fix the bugs.

  • donger

    Dual boot Android and Ubuntu, pretty sweet.

  • alexanderharri3

    Will be interested in trying this out on the new replacement GNex that just came in once this becomes available. I won’t be using it as daily driver, since it takes time for an OS to flesh out and build out its capabilities to the level of Android right now. It’ll improve, but it’s got competition from the likes of Firefox OS, etc.

  • naierakram

    Can I duel boot this on my Gnex, android and this OS?

    • co.ag.2005

      that would be sweet!

  • shnuffle

    this sounds really great :D Too bad I don’t own a Galaxy Nexus xP

  • masterpfa

    As I still have my Galaxy Nexus just hanging around gathering dust, now that I’ve got the Nexus 4 finally I will have something new to flash on it.
    Roll on February

  • murali.ram

    wish i could had one galaxy phone :-(

  • magic.wind

    Why don’t they consider releaing for Galaxy S3 which is high spec potential candidate.

  • droilfade

    Definitely…worth a shot! I’d like to see a walkthrough video of the OS!

  • SeanPG1983

    I can not wait to try this out on my development Galaxy Nexus. I always thought Ubuntu would make a great mobile OS.

  • Broseph Stalin

    Seeing as my Gnex is my daily driver, I’ll skip on this until I have a new phone.

  • mipd1980

    Since I have a Galaxy Nexus as my daily driver and I have been using Ubuntu for years, I will be trying this out…. Thank Goodness fro TWRP, Titanum Backup and of course being Rooted.

  • A.Woodbury

    This is very exciting as an avid Linux and Android user. I’m sure it will come to the Nexus 4, so I’ll just wait!

  • Froojr

    This, I may have to try. I rooted for a reason.

  • Jake

    HELL YES I CANT WAIT!!! Im getting kind of sick of the same old android os and i need to switch it up this is perfect because im a dual boot windows/ubuntu on my computer

  • gh0st665

    It’s sad that this will come out before the 4.2.* update to my Sprint Galaxy Nexus.

  • Scott

    Will it be a GSM, CMDA version or both?

  • BigCiX

    Why only a Galaxy Nexus?

  • s_rob

    Ill be giving Ubuntu a shot

  • Karthik

    I will give it a try on my GNex.

  • Daniel Alvarez

    Im trying to sell my gnexus(unlocked) email me if interested [email protected]

  • Sarah

    Yes, yes, can’t wait. I have the Nexus with an old prepaidcard of mine, but have an S3 fo my daily Android needs. I even tried around with Desktop Ubuntu on it.

  • Dave

    most excellent.

  • awad

    the developers will release this OS for all android smartphones galaxy sII and sIII and more
    its just matter of time

  • smeghead68

    Wow this looks nice. Just wondering what the app store will be like.

  • bbblue11

    yay! finally something that’s practical! ill drop my iPhone for UBUNTU!

  • Joe

    I am so glad I bought a Galaxy Nexus while I did now :)

    Got 4.2.1 on it but now I think i’m going to have to give this ago (as long as I can flash Android back if I don’t like it)

  • Jerin

    My main phone is galaxy nexus. I’m definitely flashing. Will it run both Ubuntu and android in dock mode and when not connected, just android.

  • pranil

    I have Samsung galaxy note 2… I hope they launch a stable version for galaxy note 2 soon.. cant w8..

    U r so lucky nexus users.. ;)

  • Steven Perete

    Keen to try this out. App SDK especially

  • Kenny Strawn

    FYI: The “app store” you’re thinking of is a mobile version of the Software Center. So refer to it that way, please!

  • sammy

    I’ve been using ubuntu for 4 years now, why only nexus I was hoping they’d bring a rom for old phones too.

  • Seth Timmons

    This will be on my Gnex within 2 hours of release or I will be ashamed.

  • Attila Fulop

    My choice of phone was HTC One S (it’s camera is better than Nexus) but having Ubuntu Phone OS available, I’m seriously considering to buy a Nexus instead. So the answer is yes :)

  • exsy

    I’m a developer, so yes, this will be the first drastic change to my GNexus since the last update.

  • Kris

    I would love to see this OS overtake Androids marketshare. I am sure that it will take a good chunk i mean look at iOS you have people who are Apple all the way from their computer to their tv to their phone/tablet. With what Ubuntu is doing that makes it possible for them to creat an Apple like Ecosystem without the Super expensive hardware, and im all about saving the $$$. But i will admit I do have 3 ecosystems in my home because im a tech nut and who needs furniture or food thats what family is for :P

  • bossmizzle

    Anyone knows whether the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be supported?

  • Radomir Wojcik

    This is very cool, and I think its the only way to go in the near future.

  • martin ghosal

    If people wonder why its the nexus phones its because the drivers are fairly open compared to the S3

  • Dave

    As soon as available, this will be on my G-nex! Can barely wait!!!

  • Nathaniel Lewis

    Definitely going to try this. I’ve never been much of a fan of Android, mainly because all the apps are Java based, but you can write native apps for Ubuntu Phone OS, and it doesn’t have all the bloat of Android.

  • Gimlith

    It can became THE phone solution to me.
    I like Android but just because it’s not so close than ios but if i can have a really free phone …

  • FMurad

    Is that possible to install Ubuntu phone OS on samsung galaxy s3??

  • Nagaraj

    Hey Dustin… Can it be installed on other mobiles as well ??


  • ben

    Yes! I have a gnex! So happy! Would I be able to dual boot though? And where can I download it? I couldn’t find it on ubuntu’s page

  • Anthony

    How long before i can have it on my s3.

  • sachin_goral

    waiting for the stable version