You no more need a Unity Launcher to make your Android phone look similar to Ubuntu phone OS because the community behind this Linux OS is now ready to roll out their OS for touch-enabled phones and the OS on these phones is called Ubuntu Touch OS. Android being open source can be replaced with Ubuntu. The devices for which Ubuntu is available as of now are LG Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus.
Ubuntu OS is great for multi-tasking and was announced months back. A glimpse of its features can be seen in the video below:
Though the procedure to install Ubuntu on your phone requires you to have a Linux running machine, you can also use a virtual machine to set it up running on your Windows installation.
We do assume that you have backed up everything on your phone because this procedure will wipe out all data on your device. You can follow our backup guide to be on the safer side. Also, you should have all necessary drivers for your device installed on your PC.
Steps to Install Ubuntu on Nexus 4 & Galaxy Nexus
- On your Linux running machine, fire up the terminal and enter the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phablet-team/tools sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install phablet-tools android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot
- The above commands will set up Ubuntu for phones tools PPA on your Desktop.
- Turn off your device (make sure you have backed up everything, probably a nandroid backup). Turn it on by holding the power button + volume up + volume down.
- This will boot your device into bootloader mode.
- Connect your phone to the PC via USB cable and run the following command to unlock the bootloader:
sudo fastboot oem unlock
- Repeat the key combination you used above and select the “Recovery” option to boot into recovery mode.
- In recovery mode, select “Wipe data/factory reset”. This will erase all data on your phone.
- Boot your phone into bootloader mode once again and issue the following command:
phablet-flash ubuntu-system –no-backup
- Follow the instructions you see on your computer screen thereafter.
This will install Ubuntu OS on your Nexus device. In case you face any issues, you can comment below or just ask on Ask Ubuntu!