For those looking to try out the Ubuntu Phone OS, you’ll just have to wait a few more days. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth may have said that actual phones will be arriving sometime October, but the company has announced that it will be releasing its first public preview of the Ubuntu Phone operating system on February 21. The Ubuntu Phone OS developer preview will be made available as images for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as well as the LG Nexus 4. The source code will also be made available for those who wish to port the OS to other phones.
The company does note that this release is intended primarily for development use on “spare handsets” so if any adventurous individuals have a spare Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 lying around, you can get a good look at how the Ubuntu OS compares to others in the market. Full instructions on how to flash your phone will be made available on the Ubuntu wiki starting on February 21st. Alternately, if you’re planning to head on over to the 2013 Mobile World Congress, you can get your phone flashed at the Ubuntu booth.