We only just got finished hearing about new details concerning Jolla’s launch of the first smartphone running Sailfish OS, and now we have some other big news from another one of these platform upstarts, getting confirmation for when to expect the first main Ubuntu Touch 1.0 release.
Now sure, there’s been that developer preview that’s been available since MWC back in February, but Canonical’s been hard at work since then, and is finally ready to take its OS off the drawing board and start making things official. The release date for these 1.0 system images is now set for October 17.
Expect to see support for the same devices for which the developer preview was available: the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Between now and next month, the top priority is bug-fixing, and developers are scrambling to tackle as many outstanding issues as possible before then.
The failure of the Ubuntu Edge project may have been a setback for Canonical and Ubuntu Touch, so we’ll be very curious to see how smartphone users embrace this release, and if they’re still interested in the OS itself – just not an $800 phone.