Ubuntu Smartphone Touch Developer Preview Coming February 21st, for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 Handsets

It’s a big day for Canonical, maker of Ubuntu; in addition to today being the official launch of the Ubuntu-optimized Steam for Linux client, the company announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu for smartphones will be coming on February 21st (along with tools for flashing devices). It looks like you’ll need a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 smartphone to take advantage.

On its own, Ubuntu for smartphones looks terrific--the hands-on video we shot at CES can attest to that--but what’s even more compelling is that the same Ubuntu source code will underpin smartphones, tablets, and computers, as well as perhaps even TVs, thus offering a totally unified experience across multiple screens.

Ubuntu for smartphones

The full smartphone experience will be available to consumers when the next version of Ubuntu, version 13.10, lands in October. In the meantime, you can slake your thirst for Ubuntu smartphone development with the Ubuntu SDK Preview, which is available now.