Ubuntu Developer Preview Now Available for Android Smartphones

A developer preview version of the upcoming Ubuntu OS is now available for Android smartphones.

The software can be downloaded on select Android phones so that developers can begin to work with it and create new applications for it.

However, those who download the new Ubuntu preview will be warned beforehand that it has the potential to wipeout all of the data on their smartphone. Performing a full back-up beforehand will be the smartest way to go for those looking to test out the new software. Ubuntu can be downloaded on select Android devices such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Galaxy Nexus.

And being that this OS is brand new, it does feature some flaws and will not function as well as established operating systems such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone. However, various users who are trying the developer preview have already stated that it is quicker and better than they though it would be.

Ubuntu is expected to make its debut in the fall of this year, according to YouMobile.org, which also stated that the software will attract people who love open source gadgets. The OS will be highly customizable overall.

Ubuntu is a London-based operating system that is being developed for smartphones by a company named Canonical.

The company's founder, Mark Shuttleworth, recently stated that the Ubuntu Phone OS has been designed from the ground up to offer a "crisper, sharper" experience on low-end phones.

He expects many low-end devices to adopt the software, which has the ability to be in "lean mode," allowing it to run well on devices with lesser specifications.

The minimum specs for the software to run on will be an A9 ARM processor and 1GB RAM.

The software's "heavy mode" will be designed for high-end hardware and Shuttleworth's goal with it is to achieve a "less complex" user experience than that of the competition.

The devices that will be released with Ubuntu pre-installed will feature most of the bells and whistles of traditional smartphones, but will function as a full PC when docked to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, according to a statement from Canonical.