By Stephen Schenck | February 21, 2013 12:22 PM
Ready to try out the latest smartphone and tablet OS to hit the scene? It’s still very much in development, and this preview is not intended for immediate use as a daily driver, but if you want a peek at what could be the next big thing in mobile platforms, the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview has just arrived for Galaxy Nexus (GSM only), Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices.
The installation process is relatively straightforward, but it also assumes a certain level of comfort with Ubuntu and working with the command line shell; there’s no point-and-click Windows or Mac app to deploy the preview.
While voice and text will work over your cellular connection, data is strictly WiFi-only at this point – see what we meant about not being fit for a daily driver? There are also known memory consumption issues, limited networking support, and common features like Bluetooth just aren’t implemented yet.
Some special warnings apply for Nexus 4 users, as it’s possible to get the phone into a situation where it simply won’t boot, and you’ll have to take it apart to get at the battery to fix the problem.
Hopefully all this hasn’t scared you away, because there’s still a lot of cool stuff to check out. Say tuned to Pocketnow, as we’ll soon be bringing you some hands-on videos showing you how to get this preview installed, and just what you can do with Ubuntu on your Nexus device.