Ubuntu 13.10 hit the streets this week, and it’s the first release to officially support phones and tablets as well as traditional PCs. The Ubuntu Touch software is still pretty rough around the edges — there aren’t many apps, it’s not the most stable mobile OS, you can’t run desktop apps on an external display yet, and you can’t buy a phone with the OS preloaded yet.
But hey, you can install it on your own phone if you want to try it out for some reason… but you’ll probably just end up going back to Android when you’re done, so make sure to backup your device first.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Official instructions for installing Ubuntu on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4
Ubuntu 13.10 is now officially available for desktop, laptop, and server computers… as well as smartphones and tablets for the first time. This is how to install it on a Google Nexus phone… just don’t expect a fully polished OS yet. [Canonical]
- Ubuntu 14.04 coming in April, will be code-named “Trusty Tahr”
Ubuntu 13.10 launched this week, so it’s time to start work on the next version, due out in 6 more months. [Mark Shuttleworth]
- NVIDIA GameStream launches Oct 28th, stream PC games to a TV with NVIDIA Shield
That thing that let you stream games from a PC with an NVIDIA graphics card to an NVIDIA Shield handheld system and maybe output them to your TV via HDMI? Yeah, it used to be in beta. Starting October 28th it won’t be. And it’s called GameStream now. [NVIDIA]
- Vivo XPlay 3S doesn’t just have a crazy high-res screen, it might also have a rotating camera
The Vivo Xplay 3S smartphone is expected to have a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, which would be crazy enough. But it also might have a camera that swivels. [GizChina]
- Asus MeMo Pad 8 is now on sale in China
The Asus MeMO Pad 8 is an 8 inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, and other modest specs… including a modest price. [Engadget Chinese]
- Looks like the Nexus 5 will cost $349 when Google gets around to launching it
Most (but not all) leaks about Google’s upcoming 5 inch phone have come from outside the Googleplex. This one came from a listing that accidentally went live a bit early on the Google Play Store. Either a launch is imminent, or Google’s totally messing with us and the next Nexus is a 3 inch phone from Panasonic that’s due out in 2015. [Android Police]