Ubuntu Touch: Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu, has developed an operating system for Android devices. With this move they wanted to "disrupt the industry" and change the way we use mobile phones by offering a complete Linux desktop to mobiles.
After a few years they finally left. The reason;
The company behind Ubuntu failed to persuade consumers to move away from Android OS, which resulted in them abandoning the project. But if you want to install Ubuntu Touch on an Android device, there is a way.
After the end of the Ubuntu Touch project, it was taken over by a community of developers who aim to make Ubuntu Touch a reality. So if you choose to install this operating system on your mobile, you can receive software updates, security fixes and even new features!
Let's see how you can install Ubuntu Touch on an Android device.
Denial of responsibility
The flashing tool does not support all the devices listed in the UBports page. Although listed as supported, many of the devices do not yet have an official Ubuntu touch release. If you want to install the operating system on your device, but you see that the operating system for your device is still under development, do not worry: the developers are working on it and it will be released soon.
UBports officially supports Ubuntu Touch images (and updates) for Google Nexus 5, OnePlus One, and Fairphone 2. These three devices are fully supported. Every driver and features on these smartphones work perfectly with Ubuntu Touch.
These are the "basic" devices that UBport developers deal with. They regularly receive new software features and fixes.
In addition, UBports is preparing to support more devices with an operating system that is in the pre-release stage. These devices are up-and-coming, and will be placed in the "Core" series. They are already in beta and are the Optimus L90, the BQ M10 HD and the BQ M10 FHD. Owners of these devices can install Ubuntu Touch and use it with caution, as they are still under development.
Install the flashing tool
Ever since UBports took over the development of Ubuntu Touch, the way users install the operating system on smartphones has been different for core / core-pre devices. Users no longer need to use their terminal, compile the operating system source code, and create their own image from scratch.
Previously, Ubuntu Touch could only be installed by Ubuntu. With UBports versions, this is no longer the case. Friends of Ubuntu Touch can easily download and install it from any Linux distribution, even Ubuntu. Initially, download the application from here. Then enter the following in the terminal:
sudo chmod +x ubports-installer-*.AppImage
Then run the application by clicking on it in the file manager or with this command:
Install Ubuntu Touch
In this post, we will look at how to install Ubuntu Touch on Core and Core Pre-Release devices, as on these devices the developers have completed the development process and are the safest to install. If you have an older device and want to install Ubuntu Touch, you can read more details on the UBports website. Find your device and follow the instructions.
Note: To install Ubuntu Touch, unlock your device bootloader (unlock bootloader on Google by brand and model of your device).
As soon as you run its flashing tool application UBPorts the installation process begins. Your device may restart several times during this process.
1: Connect your device with the USB cable. Use the original cable that came with your device. Try not to use third-party cables, as they tend to be unreliable and slow.
2: Select your device from the drop-down menu in the installer and click the "Select" button.
3: Select the Touch Ubuntu release channel. We recommend that you use the default "fixed" channel.
4: Click the "Install" button and enter your computer password to continue.
5: Let the installer finish. It will take some time. When the process is complete, Ubuntu Touch will be ready to use!
It should be noted that although Canonical has abandoned its dreams of penetrating the smartphone market, the Ubuntu Touch is alive thanks to the community. If you want to get away from Android and have a supported device, you can install the latest version of Ubuntu Touch