Ubuntu Touch was released as a developer preview one week ago today. I have spent hands-on time with the new platform off and on ever since. In that time, I have learned some things about the platform, and I’ve discovered things I find truly novel and impressive. Likewise, I’ve found a handful of things that are terrible and off-putting.
I am sure of one thing: Canonical is on to something with Ubuntu Touch. The sole purpose of running Ubuntu on a smartphone is convergence – something many are aiming to do, but Canonical has done the most work here so far. Make no mistake, the company also has its work cut out for it. This preview is a great start, but it’s foretelling of the hard work Canonical has ahead of it.