The 2013 International Consumer Electronic Show has kicked off, and Ubuntu for phones is available as a hands on demo over at the Canonical booth.
According to Phil Nickinson over at Android Central, “The Ubuntu OS, in its form we saw demoed tonight in Las Vegas, isn't anywhere near ready for prime time. It's not just laggy -- touch response seemed way, too, too [sic]. Hell, they wouldn't even let us touch it. That's not anywhere near fair to the developers, of course -- we know it's not ready yet. That's important to remember when the first system images are finally released, supposedly sometime in February.”
Liliputing reports that Canonical is looking for ways to monetize the platforms, so users should not be surprised to see Amazon products appear in search results similarly to functionality introduced in Ubuntu 12.10. Canonical is also likely to feature promoted apps as “apps available for download,” as Canonical has done in Unity for the desktop and in the Ubuntu Software Center.
For hands-on video, check out the YouTube footage by Brad Linder from Liliputing. The Canonical booth displays Ubuntu running on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The code is expected to be open sourced and made available to developers in the coming weeks. Adventurous users will then be able to flash the beta software to their own Samsung Galaxy Nexus, assuming they have one.