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As announced, Canonical has released the preview of its Ubuntu smartphone and tablet platform for Nexus devices. Images and open source code are up for grabs since Feb 21.
The company stated that the images are meant to make the Ubuntu's smartphone platform, familiar to the developers. Tools needed for flashing the phones are also out. However, the company has warned that the version is not ready for consumers- "We recommend to install the Touch Developer Preview only if you are a developer or enthusiast who wants to test or contribute to the platform. It is not intended to replace production devices or the tablet or handset you use every day."
Ubuntu has posted instructions for flashing a phone or tablet device in it's Instal page. The release note posted on the website explains just why the OS must be used for development and evaluation purposes only. the Ubuntu touch preview supports WiFi networking, front and rear cameras and Android developer bridge tool connectivity. Gizbot want's to warn you if you not a developer think twice before going ahead with the installation.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu said "This release marks the threshold of wider engagement - both with industry and community.".
"For developers, contributors and partners, there is now a coherent experience that warrants attention. The cleanest, most stylish mobile interface around." he added
There is news that Ubuntu will showcase a handset running on the operating system in the MWC 2013. Also, smartphones running on Ubuntu are expected to be out around October.