The developers of Ubuntu Touch for smartphones and tablets are streamlining their platform and will officially support just two devices in the coming months: The Google Nexus 4 smartphone and Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet.
Members of the developer community will still be able to port the touchscreen-friendly version of Ubuntu to run on other devices — there are already community builds for dozens of phones and tablets. But there will no longer be official support for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 10, or Google Nexus 7 (2012). There are also currently no plans to add support for the newer Google Nexus 5.
The move will allow the developers to put all of their efforts into just a few devices to ensure they’re supported. But it also means folks waiting for official builds for other products might have to wait a bit longer.
Meanwhile the team plans to improve the Ubuntu Touch emulators for ARM and x86 devices in order to help developers test Ubuntu touch software. The team is also working to incorporate the latest version of Android, so that Ubuntu Touch will be built on top of Android 4.4 KitKat software by the end of January.
Things could change later this year, but the goal is to release stable builds of Ubuntu Touch for one phone and one tablet by the time Ubuntu 14.04 is released in April, 2014.
Keep in mind — we’re still only talking about the version of Ubuntu that you can download and install on an existing device with an unlocked bootloader. Canonical is still seeking partnerships with phone and tablet makers to pre-load their software on devices so that you’ll be able to buy an Ubuntu phone or tablet at some point.
via OMG Ubuntu