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.
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