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Download & Install Ubuntu OS on Nexus 4 7 10 & Galaxy Nexus – Touch Developer Preview

App-dev-tablet-GoMobileAfter the rumours poured in that Ubuntu will soon be coming out with its own Operating system, Ubuntu has finally launched Ubuntu OS for some Nexus devices which we will be checking out on how you can apply the same. So, be it locked or an unlocked phone, you can very well apply the update of Ubuntu in your device. The best part of this is that you can anytime return back to your Stock Android OS which too we will be guiding you in the due course of this tutorial. So, before proceeding to the detailed tutorial we will run you down on what are the things you can expect working along with the quick pre requisites which we have mentioned below :

Video Demo :

There are just 4 steps to glory and after that you can start using the UBUNTU in your device.

Supported Devices:

  • Galaxy Nexus,
  • LG Nexus 4,
  • ASUS Nexus 7,
  • Samsung Nexus 10

Things which will Work:

  • Front & Back Camera,
  • Core Apps like Dialer, SMS etc.,
  • Connection to GSM Network,
  • Networking via Wi Fi & much more functions

Quick Pre Requisites:

  • With the help of below mentioned steps you need to create the back up of so that it can be used when you revert back to Android from Ubuntu which too we will be guiding you in the process of this article.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • From the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”, enable the USB Debugging and also make sure that your device is left with the minimum of 40% or the device will get turned off in the middle of customizing process.

Disclaimer: Though we don’t like to give any disclaimers, the only thing we would like to tell you is that please follow all the instructions mentioned in this article or else there is a risk of bricking your device for which we should not be held responsible.

Once you are done with all the above mentioned pre requisites, proceed to the next step where we have mentioned the detailed guide on how to apply this firmware update in your device.


Procedure to Update Ubuntu in your Android Device:

4 Steps to Glory as we said it earlier and the 4 steps which you need to follow are;

Desktop Setup:

  • After assuming that you have installed the ADB in your computer from wensite, you then will have to open the command prompt to enter the below mentioned command;

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phablet-team/tools

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install phablet-tools android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

Unlock Device:

  • Just in case if your phone is already unlocked, then you can ignore this step but just in case if your device is locked then you need to follow this step. First up you need to Power Off the device and power on the device by holding the Power button + volume up + volume down.
  • Now, the phone will be booting in the Bootloader mode and then you need to plug the device into the computer with the help of original USB cable. Now, in your computer press Ctrl+Alt+T to start a terminal. Type sudo fastboot oem unlock, followed by Enter.
  • In your device you will get to see the terms and conditions page which you need to confirm the same. Boot the device by pressing the power button (pointed by an arrow with Start on the screen) to confirm the same and head over to the next step.

Initial Setup:

  • For installing the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview in your device, enter the below mentioned commands in your computer by connecting your phone to the computer with the help of original USB cable in the command prompt window.

phablet-flash -b

  • The -b performs a full bootstrap on the device and please note that just in case if the device is unlocked, the process will carry on and if you have already bootstrapped it once and want to install then you need to enter the below mentioned command;

Now, this will deploy the latest build of the Ubuntu version in your Android devive. Make sure that the files are saved in Downloads/phablet-flash path.

For Restoring the Device:


run ./ (use sudo if lack of permissions on the workstation don’t allow you to talk to the device)

Note: If the device gets stuck in the Samsung logo or gets into the boot loop mode then you need to long press the power button and turn off the device. Repeat the process from the start by following the instructions.

So there you go, you have now successfully updated your device with the latest and Official Jellybean 4.1.2 firmware in your Galaxy Note N7000 device. Do let us know just in case if you come across with any issues as we will make sure that the issues are addressed at the earliest.


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