Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
The Ubuntu Edge campaign, an ambitious project to crowdfund $32 million to develop a ‘next-generation’ smartphone, ended well short of its target last week, but there’s something for fans to cheer about after a prototype version of the Ubuntu Touch operating system was made available for Sony’s Xperia Z tablet.
A post on the XDA Developers forum — spotted by Xperia Blog — explains that there are a few known bugs and users should back-up their files, but essentially the new release brings a working (albeit early) version of Ubuntu Touch to the tablet.
The Edge would’ve dual-booted Android and Windows, not to mention plugged into a PC. Those features are off the table for the Xperia Z, but the Ubuntu Touch port does allow the tablet to dual-boot Android and Cyanogenmod, software that’s popular for allowing greater customization on Android devices.
Headline image via TNW
Get the TNW newsletter
Get the most important tech news in your inbox each week.