Canonical has timed it very well. They announced Ubuntu Phone right before CES to get the whole world to talk about it and we did, now they are gearing up for the next round of publicity for Mobile World Congress.
The company has announced that Ubuntu Phone OS will be available for download on 21 February, just 4 days before the MWC kickstarts.
“This release marks the threshold of wider engagement – both with industry and community.” says Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu. “For developers, contributors and partners, there is now a coherent experience that warrants attention. The cleanest, most stylish mobile interface around.”
The Ubuntu Phone OS will run on Google‘s Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus devices. I should not be telling you this, but the OS is intended for enthusiasts and developers, to familiarize themselves with Ubuntu’s smartphone experience and develop applications on spare handsets.
Tools that manage the flashing of the phone will be available on the same day in the Ubuntu archives, making it easy to keep a device up to date with the latest version of the Touch Developer Preview.
Canonical will also be conducting a flash mob during MWC at its booth where you can bring your Nexus phone and get it flashed to Ubuntu.
The Ubuntu Phone OS will follow the Ubuntu development mode and there will be daily updates to follow the progress of the platform.
The company has already published details on how to install Ubuntu on your Nexus devices at wiki.ubuntu.com/TouchInstallProcess and this page will be updated as new devices are added.
We are looking forward to Ubuntu Phone OS, are you