Now is possible to install Ubuntu on our Nexus devices. If you want to try the new software in development from Canonical follow the tutorial below


The arrival of Ubuntu Phone has been one of the major recent developments in mobile technology, and it is possible to downgrade Developer Preview to get an idea of how it is advancing the development of this new operating system. If you have a Nexus device and want to install it you can not miss this post!

Install Ubuntu Phone Developer Preview

From AndroidADN we are not responsible for any damage that may occur to your device during the installation process. It works at your own risk. All data will be deleted from your device so it is advisable to make a backup of your data first.

Note that to install Ubuntu Phone Developer Preview you must have one of the following devices:

  • Galaxy Nexus (takju or yakju)
  • Nexus 4 (occam)
  • Nexus 7 (nakasi or nakasig)
  • Nexus 10 (mantaray)

You also need a computer based on Linux (preferably Ubuntu) for the installation process.

1 – First you need to install Ubuntu Touch Preview Tools PPA on your computer. In Terminal run 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

NOTE: If you have unlocked the bootloader jump to step 5

2 – Boot your Nexus device in bootloader mode and connect it to the computer via the USB cable.

3 – On your computer open a new Terminal window and type the following command:

sudo fastboot oem unlock

 4 – Accept the terms and conditions of unlocking on the device screen. Reboot once completed.

5 – Boot the device and enable USB debugging, then connect the device again to the computer via the USB cable.

6 – This is where you really flash Ubuntu Touch image to the device. As I said in the post, make a backup of all your important data.

Assuming everything went well and you’ve followed the instructions then we can continue. With the device connected to the PC via USB cable, run the following command in the Terminal:

phablet-flash –b

 This will perform a full bootstrap on the device, flash the latest Ubuntu Touch build then restart, after which your Nexus device should boot into Ubuntu Unity Shell.

7 – Ready! If all went well you´ll already have Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview on your Nexus. For more technical information you should visit the following site.

What did you think of the tutorial? Could you install Ubuntu? What do you think of this new OS?

Esteban Cejas

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