Last month Canonical promised that it would release Ubuntu Touch OS on October 17th, and it has followed through on its promise. Ubuntu Touch OS has been released today. Canonical has been working on an Ubuntu OS compatible with tablets and smartphones for a long time. It even wanted to produce its own smartphone which would have been powered by this OS, but unfortunately that crowdfunded project didn’t pan out. Nevertheless, a stable Ubuntu 13.10 release for supported smartphones, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4, is now available for download.

A developer image of this OS had already been released, but using it would have entailed encountering quite a few bugs on a daily basis. The stable release is good enough to function as a daily driver, though it wouldn’t be unusual if a few bugs still existed. As far as Ubuntu powered devices are concerned, Canonical’s ambitious Edge smartphone project failed to raise the $32 million it required to go into production, it only managed to raise $12.8 million. Despite Edge plans being put on hold, work on Ubuntu Touch OS has continued to go on. According to Canonical, the first Ubuntu powered devices might hit the market as early as next year, but there’s no concrete timeframe in which we can expect these devices to be released.

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