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    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. ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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    Last month, we heard about Canonical's fantastically ambitious plan to crowdsource the funding of a seriously high-end smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge. The Edge would boast specs like 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash, while being capable of dual-booting into either Ubuntu for phones or regular old Android. The plan's goal is to raise $32 million over the course of a month, but halfway through, Canonical has yet to even hit the $10 million mark. Today, Canonical instituted a major price break on the Edge, but will it be enough to turn around the declining momentum that the campaign's been seeing? ...

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    On Monday, Canonical did something special: it kicked-off the fundraising campaign for the Ubuntu Edge, not only endeavoring to break some crowdfunding records, but to change the nature of the relationship between manufacturer and smartphone user in the process. It's all wildly ambitious. I have serious concerns about Canonical's ability to pull this off, and we're talking about a serious amount of money to ask people to hand over with plans for availability still so far away. At first, I was content to just sit back and see how this story unfolds, covering the news like with any launch, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's Lumia 625 leaks along with a possible launch tomorrow. We then talk about some reports of Samsung working on a 12.2-inch Android tablet. We've got some reports of an HTC Zara to launch alongside the HTC One Max as well, and what to expect from this phone. Ubuntu is next as the company plans to raise some funds to build their own smartphone that can dual-boot to Android. We end today's show talking about the leaked details of Google's new variant of the Nexus 7. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia teasing something big ...

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    Ubuntu has positioned itself to be one of this year's many smartphone platform upstarts – the littler guys who are trying to elbow their way into an already incredibly competitive market. We were able to give Ubuntu a lot of hands-on time earlier this year when those preview builds arrived for Nexus-series devices, but news on the platform has been relatively quiet ever since. Today, we finally hit a big Ubuntu milestone, with Canonical starting a major fundraiser campaign for the Ubuntu Edge handset. The Indiegogo campaign seeks to raise an astounding $32 million for development of the ...

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    Let me hit you with some opinion, mobile fans. Let me ask you to consider the following hypothetical. This will require you to use your imagination. You ready? Okay, here goes: Big platforms aren't cool. You know what's cool? New platforms. Yes, I'm generalizing. Yes, I'm paraphrasing The Social Network's faux-Sean Parker to make a point. And no, I don't really think that Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are somehow "uncool." But they are kind of predictable ... right? They're "comfortable." They do what we want them to do (usually) and behave how we expect them to (most of the time). They ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    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 ...

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    We've all but looked at Ubuntu for Phones under a microscope. I have personally flashed it to three different devices and have put it on my Nexus 4 a total of four times already. While I'm not ready to go all-in and use it as a daily driver (I would question anyone who did), it's apparent that the operating system has potential, not only because it has a company like Canonical behind it, but because the innovations it brings to the table. No less, in its current state, it's not worth much more than just staring at and tinkering with. One thing that struck me as odd, though, is how little ...

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    Last week, we finally got a firsthand look at Ubuntu 12.10 Touch. We went hands-on with both Ubuntu for Phones and Ubuntu for Tablets. While it's pretty clear that the developer preview was just that, a preview (some application were only screenshots of what the applications will look like), the operating system shows promise for great things to come. Ubuntu, at this point, is not stable, and in no way is it viable as a daily driver. Sure, you have your basics – dialer, SMS, HSPA+ connectivity, camera, etc. But application support is virtually nonexistent and the preview suffers from all ...

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    Ubuntu for Tablets and Phones has consumed my life for the past 30 hours. Canonical announced a developer preview would be arriving yesterday, and when it hit, I dropped everything I was doing and flashed it to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. I've been playing with it ever since and have mostly good things to say – keeping in mind it is a developer preview and far from any sort of stable release. In its tablet form, Ubuntu 12.10 Touch isn't all that different from the phone version. The home screen layout is horizontal, versus the vertical layout on smaller tablets and phones. There ...

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    Yesterday, the Ubuntu 12.10 Touch developer preview was released. Canonical provided a method for the public to flash a preview build of the new operating system to the most recent Nexus devices: Galaxy Nexus (GSM), Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Eventually, I was pointed in the direction of this xda-developers thread, which makes the install much more quick and simple. The instructions in the thread are pretty straightforward, but they lack some details – details that are important for novices in the Android modding world. Check out the video below to see how to get Ubuntu for Tablets ...

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    Canonical released its developer preview of Ubuntu for Phones yesterday, and it provided a method for the public to flash the preview of the platform to their personal Nexus devices. After trying to the better part of two hours to get apt-get working on my MacBook Air, I turned to someone for help. I was pointed in the direction of xda-developers, where I learned that flashable images were hosted on Ubuntu's site. The instructions, however, were a little scarce, particularly for anyone who isn't well-versed in the world of Android modding. If you're wondering how to get Ubuntu on your ...

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    All eyes were on Canonical today for the much-anticipated release of the developer preview of Ubuntu for Phones and Tablets. Canonical brings Ubuntu Touch forward with one thing in mind: convergence. The idea is that you can carry a single device to perform all your standard daily tasks. Carry a smartphone in your pocket running Ubuntu for Phones, yet when you attach peripherals – such as a mouse, keyboard and monitor – the interface reverts to its full-OS form. After some finagling, I managed to flash Ubuntu on the Nexus 4. Surprisingly, despite the hours of getting nowhere, the ...

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