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16

Ubuntu for Phones out tomorrow – what to expect

by Rob Zwetsloot

We spoke to Richard Collins about the impending stable release of Ubuntu Touch with 13.10, and here are some of the things to look forward to tomorrow

The Ubuntu phone OS has been available for testing for a little while now on a limited number of phones. However, in conjunction with the release of 13.10, the first stable release of Ubuntu Touch will be released tomorrow for the public – and hardware manufacturers – to have a more informative look at Canonical’s phone OS.

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Tomorrow is the day…

Yesterday we spoke to Richard Collins, Product Manager for Ubuntu Mobile, and he gave us some insight on what to expect from this release:

Recommended devices: Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus

Collins explained that the stable image will work well on the Nexus 7. however not all the functionality of the Nexus 10 will be included.

Ubuntu on Phones will run Mir

While mir has been pushed back on the desktop until 14.10, the phone will incorporate it from 13.10 and allows apps to run on different form factors

Desktop docking is not supported

Not in this version anyway, that will be coming though.

Ubuntu Touch is aiming to be global

The phone OS will support regions included in the Carrier Advisory Group, a group of 14 mobile carriers that cover parts of the US, Europe and Asia

There will be an “App Store”

Developers can publish apps to the app store, or directly to phones. Canonical will take the ones they like and include it with the standard image

There are high profile apps included

While nothing was confirmed to us yesterday, we were assured that recognisable names akin to the Facebooks and Twitters of the mobile world would be available

Look out tomorrow for the release of Ubuntu 13.10 then – on both desktop and select Nexus devices

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