Its been an interesting year for Canonical – kicking off the year with the announcement that they were working on a phone OS, slowly building up the momentum for Mir and raising their profile with a somewhat infamous crowd funding campaign for the Ubuntu Edge. It’s all led to the release of 13.10, a release that would be somewhat minor right before an LTS version, however it also means the first stable release of Ubuntu for phones is out.
Ubuntu 13.10 on the desktop is not shaking up Ubuntu so much – even less so than originally planned as mir is pushed back on desktop to 14.10. More search functions are available in Unity as scopes, and the Click packages allow you to publish to the phone OS. Of course the phone OS is technically brand new, so all the features are new. As well as what we reported on yesterday, here’s the list Canonical have put together of what to look out for:
Shell and core applications
Connection to the GSM network on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4
Phone calls and SMS on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4
Networking via Wifi
Functional camera, front and back
Device accessible through the Android Developer Bridge tool (adb)
You can grab the image for the desktop version from the official download page, and instructions on how to install the phone os to Nexus 4’s and Galaxy Nexus (as well as first gen Nexus 7s and Nexus 10 if you’re brave) can be also found on their website. You might also want to read our review of the release candidate before you try it out as well.