Developer confirms Canonical Ubuntu Touch launch date

Canonical has been tight lipped about the public launch of its Ubuntu Touch operating system, but a developer has inadvertently revealed that magic date – October 17.

“Only four and a half weeks to go and phone 1.0 will be a reality! Obviously we’re all trying to finish or fix lots of things in the remaining time, but that might include hard-to-track-down and painful regressions”, notes Minier in the official mailing list.

Loïc Minier, the developer who revealed the launch date of Ubuntu Touch, was in fact asking everyone involved to get things in order and help the developer team with the back log. The mobile operating system has been undergoing heavy development and Canonical has been skittish about revealing the official launch date.

“We’ve got quite a bit of a backlog of things to land right now. This email is to ask everyone’s kind cooperation in helping us land everything that is ready while maintaining high quality for the images,” added Minier.

As Minier notes that it is four and a half weeks since Ubuntu Touch 1.0, the date works out to be October 17 and chances are the mobile operating system will be launched alongside Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander).

Canonical announced its mobile operating system earlier in February this year. The same month it released the developer preview versions of Ubuntu for tablet and phone followed by April release of the beta images. Back in July the team flipped the container thereby booting the Ubuntu Touch directly as compared to previous method of Ubuntu resided in a separate area and the OS being fired up on top of Android using ‘change root (chroot).’

  • mathes waran

    That’s cool. But, is there any major companies like samsung/ nokia/ windows providing hardware? Or, is the hardware is also by unbuntu team?

    • rmandalia

      Hey Mathes,

      Canonical is just making Ubuntu Touch as an operating system that can be flashed onto hardware from other vendors. The beta version has already been successfully flashed onto Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.

      We are not aware, as yet, if Canonical has ideas of hardware of its own. We presume that like Mozilla it may also opt for partnerships with major vendors. But nothing is concrete.