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Updated: Microsoft Build 2013: what to expect from this year’s conference


Updated: Microsoft Build 2013: what to expect from this year's conference

The annual Microsoft Build developer’s conference has a bit of Google IO glow surrounding it this year, thanks in no small part to the Windows 8 conundrum.

Is it a failure? Is it the beginning of a software revolution? What about apps? How many Surfaces have been sold? When will we see new devices? And what the heck is going on with Windows RT?

Microsoft has already given us more than a taste of what to expect between June 26 – June 28 in the form of Windows Blue news, but plenty of possible announcements on new devices, services and updates remain distinct possibilities.

We’ve gathered what we know about Build 2013 into one handy guide for you (right here, of course) plus added some well-informed hypotheses on what you can expect from the conference, taking place in the halls of San Francisco’s Moscone Center late next month.

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voAU88qC-jw&feature=player_embedded

1. A new tune for Xbox Music and the Windows Store

Build is gearing up to be a time of change for Microsoft, and some screenshots leaked just a week before the conference kicked off detail revamped looks headed to Xbox Music and the Windows Store.

For Music, we’re seeing streamline take over, with a two panel interface and a new “explore” button that offers search in addition to the navigation bar. As for the Windows Store, the service incorporates a “shelf” feature to give additional descriptions for apps as users are perusing.

Xbox Music leak

Recommendations for similar apps will also be part of the redesigned package.

Now whether Build is the time Microsoft is ready to lift the lid off these Windows 8.1 wonders remains to be seen, but try to act surprised if we see a rethought Xbox Music and Windows Store land in late June.

1. Windows RT 8.1 revelations

It was actually a Microsoft partner – Qualcomm – that spouted word of Windows RT 8.1 in early June. The chip maker was talking up its support of the future RT update with its Snapdragon 800 processors, no less.

While we won’t see the fruits of this partnership blossom until later this year, we’re pretty positive Build 2013 holds plenty of promise for both talk on what we can expect from the RT update, how it will help resurrect the operating system and perhaps a glimpse at the devices destined for v. 8.1 and Qualcomm’s snappy chips.

2. Go, team RT, go!

Now the timing may not be right, but according to recent reports Microsoft is lowering its Windows RT licensing fees in the hopes of winning new OEMs – and appeasing current ones – to build Windows RT devices.

It may be too seen to see partnerships borne of the supposed price drop, but the possibility for Microsoft and a new Windows RT buddy to talk about, well, a partnership is certainly something to keep an eye out for at Build 2013.

3. Shift from software to hardware?

Word on the street is CEO Steve Ballmer has undertaken a major restructuring at Redmond, aiming to move Microsoft away from its bread-and-butter niche of software and place a stronger lean on devices and services.

Microsoft will still develop software, we’re sure, but we anticipate Ballmer speaking to some shifts at this year’s developers conference as it basically directly impacts the gathered crowd. The executive everyone loves to hate addressed changes to the company’s direction last year, and we could see the message carrying over into Build 2013.

4. Cheap device time

As with all good developer conferences, Microsoft will place the brunt of attention on the software side, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some talk – either out in the open or behind closed doors – about how Windows Phone can win the cheaper phone wars.

When we sat down with Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan at CTIA in mid-May, he immediately swung into talk of how a $129 Windows Phone 8 device – the Lumia 521 on T-Mobile, specifically – could kick the butts of similarly priced Android handsets.

Line of Lumias

The hardware is there, but if Microsoft truly wants to build out a wide product range, it’s going to need to sell why lower and mid-tier handsets are just as important as high-end phones. If it can get devs and the watching public and press on board with that message, feature phones may have a new king.

5. Welcome, Windows 8.1

This is the big, no brainer announcement as Microsoft has already confirmed Windows 8.1 will be released via public preview during Build 2013.

We’ve heard plenty about this Windows 8 update, known until recently as Windows Blue, and Microsoft even spilled the beans on the update in a late May blog post by Head of Windows Program Management Antoine Leblond.

W8.1 will “add new features and functionality that advance the touch experience and mobile computing’s potential,” all the while tipping its hat to customer feedback. Look for more backgrounds, a lock screen slideshow, aggregated search and a new Internet Explorer.

Microsoft will officially release the update “later this year,” providing “more options to businesses, and give consumers more options to work and play,” and Build will be our first chance to see first hand what the Softies have done with the Windows 8 refresh. In fact, regular Joes will be able to play around with it themselves starting June 26, the first day of Build.

This isn’t simply an operating system update: We’ll see more for apps (more on that below), a likely Windows Phone 8 update, and some new stuff for Windows server.

Blue a.k.a Windows 8.1 a.k.a the free Windows 8 update could spell feast or famine for Microsoft’s new take on the OS, so we’ll keep a close eye on how well it functions and how well it’s received, which may be a given if Microsoft’s Start tip brings back a little of the old Start button’s magic.

Expect more spills from Microsoft in the weeks leading up to Build 2013 – the folks at Redmond seem rather inclined to chat about Windows 8.1 these days. Not that we’re complaining.

Split screen

6. Splitting up and coming together – apps, that is

Microsoft has promised to bring an app overhaul to some of its Windows 8 apps as part of this whole Blue revamp, including ways to run apps side-by-side on devices home to smaller-sized screens. The hope is to do so without a massive internal work over, which if Microsoft can achieve would make for more expedient delivery to awaiting Windows 8 customers.

Microsoft revealed in its late May blog post that its Music app has undergone a complete redesign, while new editing features are heading to the Photo app. The Redmond squad said to expect more on built-in app updates, plus the introduction of all new apps, as time goes on.

A revamp of first-party apps is certainly something Microsoft fans want to see, and we imagine Build 2013 is the next mark on the horizon for Microsoft to make some major app announcements. Plus, we’d really like to know what these redesigns actually look like!

Perhaps most exciting of all, from a functional level, are more Snap Views, or the ability to split your screen among different applications.

Users will not only be able to resize their apps to any dimensions they want, they can share the screen between two apps, and have up to three apps on each screen in use (if using multiple, connected displays). Finally, Microsoft has promised to let users have multiple windows of the same application “snapped together – such as two Internet Explorer windows.” Now this we gotta see.

Acer Iconia W3

7. Smaller Windows 8 devices

There’s a space up until recently Microsoft hadn’t extended its Windows 8 reach, but that all changed in early June.

That area is of course smaller devices, namely ones developed by the company’s OEM partners and sized in the 7- to 8-inch range.

Acer was the first out of the gate with the Iconia W3, the first official 8-inch Windows 8 tablet announced during Computex. It’s arriving starting in June, and we expect a handful more to break cover by the time summer’s over.

Microsoft itself has spelled out that larger devices aren’t the only size range it’s interested in.

“As part of [new device offerings], we are also working closely with OEMs on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows,” former Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said during the company’s April earnings call.

Surface

Asus also seems to be on board with whittled-down Windows 8 products, and that’s nothing to say about Microsoft’s potential Surface Mini musings.

A May 15 DigiTimes report indicated Microsoft plans to launch an 8-inch Surface in June, followed by a 10.x-inch version as early as the third quarter of the year. Citing “supply chain makers,” the sometimes spurious site noted the 8-inch Surface will feature Samsung-built touch panels and Nvidia processors.

At a larger glance, with the advent of Intel’s power-saving Haswell chips, the stage is set for a number of new devices – laptops, tablets, desktop – to make a grand debut. Why leave Windows 8/Windows RT out of the mix?

Will we see more OEM-made 7- to 8-inch device burrow out of Build? We certainly think those, along with a smaller Surface, are certainly possible.

Windows Phone Store

8. Windows Phone Store strategy 101

Let’s be frank: Windows Phone lacks hard in the app department. At last count, the Windows Phone Store counted 145,000 apps – compare that to the bajillion-plus in the iOS and Android app stores, and Windows Phone is doing a fine job of holding up the rear.

Granted, the Store’s app count is growing, and the Microsoft team is “talking to a lot of folks” about various apps, something the company told us in a March interview, all the while staying focused on developing a “vibrant, differentiated third ecosystem.”

The big question for Microsoft is how to get that message to developers while simultaneously courting the big name apps that are embarrassingly hard to come by on the platform.

We were told during CTIA 2013 that there will be app platform discussion for Windows Phone 8 during Build by Senior Marketing Manager Greg Sullivan, with a focus on the “here and now” of the platform and not what’s down the road.

Leblond also said we’ll see an “improved Windows Store” better designed to push up top free apps, new releases and personalized picks with Windows 8.1. The re-grand opening on the Windows Store looks like it could fall between June 26 – June 28.

Yes, Windows Phone 8 is a new platform, and every week the company seems to add at least one high-profile app (recently it was a full-fledged YouTube app) but if Microsoft wants its mobile OS to be around for the long term, it’s got to figure out its app situation quick. News that Windows Phone is growing faster than Android (albeit by a veerrryyy miniscule amount), is a nice feather to stick in its cap in front of devs.

Build 2013 seems like the place for Microsoft to lay all its apps on the line.

Xbox One with controller

9. Xbox One ties us all together

On May 21, Microsoft introduced the world to a new generation of games, TV and entertainment through the Xbox One, the long-awaited follow-up to the Xbox 360.

Microsoft has promised a multi-part introduction to the new Xbox, including some going-ons at E3 2013 and yet more at Gamescom 2013. Even though the Xbox One is out of the bag, there’s still plenty of mystery shrouding it, including if/how it will work with systems like Windows Phone.

Developers are no doubt clamoring to learn more about the console and how it fits into the larger Microsoft ecosystem. To be honest, we’re wondering plenty of things ourselves and can’t imagine Microsoft passing on the chance to talk about and introduce new features related to its flagship console.

Word in mid-May surfaced that Microsoft’s updated Xbox 360 dashboard ties into the Xbox One, and could help gamers transition to the new console. The new UI is said to have markings of Windows 8.1, as well. The public beta of the new dashboard may come in late June or early July – right around the time of Build.

There’s an amazing amount of potential in this device that’s not just a gaming console, but a completely different way to be entertained and connected. Build will build on the announcements of May 21 and E3, no pun intended.

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In Depth: Microsoft Build 2013: what to expect from this year’s conference


In Depth: Microsoft Build 2013: what to expect from this year's conference

The annual Microsoft Build developer’s conference has a bit of Google IO glow surrounding it this year, thanks in no small part to the Windows 8 conundrum.

Is it a failure? Is it the beginning of a software revolution? What about apps? How many Surfaces have been sold? When will we see new devices? And what the heck is going on with Windows RT?

Microsoft has already given us more than a taste of what to expect between June 26 – June 28 in the form of Windows Blue news, but plenty of possible announcements on new devices, services and updates remain distinct possibilities.

We’ve gathered what we know about Build into one handy guide for you (right here, of course) plus added some well-informed hypotheses on what you can expect from the conference, taking place in the halls of San Francisco’s Moscone Center late next month.

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voAU88qC-jw&feature=player_embedded

1. Welcome, Windows 8.1

This is the big, no brainer announcement as Microsoft has already confirmed Windows 8.1 will be released via public preview during Build.

We’ve heard plenty about this Windows 8 update, known until recently as Windows Blue, but Windows 8.1 still has plenty of mystery surrounding it.

Microsoft will officially release the update “later this year,” providing “more options to businesses, and give consumers more options to work and play,” but Build will be our first chance to see specifically what the Softies are planning for the Windows 8 refresh.

This isn’t simply an operating system update: We’ll see more for apps (more on that below), a likely Windows Phone 8 update, and some new stuff for Windows server.

Blue a.k.a Windows 8.1 a.k.a the free Windows 8 update could spell feast or famine for Microsoft’s new take on the OS, so we’ll keep a close eye on how well it functions and how well it’s received, which may be a given if Microsoft decides to bring back the Start button.

Split screen

2. Splitting up and coming together – apps, that is

Word is Microsoft is building some new, built-in Windows 8 apps as part of this whole Blue revamp, including ways to run apps side-by-side on devices home to smaller-sized screens. The hope is to do so without a massive internal work over, which if Microsoft can achieve would make for more expedient delivery to awaiting Windows 8 customers.

Blue will apparently bring something called “Snap Views” that will split a screen 50/50 between two apps, including across different monitors.

What does this mean for consumers? Easier operability and greater personal choice. A revamp of first-party apps is certainly something Microsoft fans would like to see, and we can’t imagine the company letting Build slip by without a decent overhaul on the individual app front.

Acer Iconia W3

3. Smaller Windows 8 devices

There’s a space Microsoft hasn’t extended its Windows 8 reach to yet, but that could change before year’s end.

That space is of course smaller devices, namely ones developed by the company’s OEM partners and sized in the 7- to 8-inch range.

“As part of [new device offerings], we are also working closely with OEMs on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows,” former Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said during the company’s April earnings call.

The timing seems right for Microsoft to introduce a tablet or hybrid meeting the smaller size requirements: In March, the company revised its display resolution requirements for OEMs down to 1024 x 769, meaning the producers are now free to play with daintier displays.

We’ve seen leaks for an 8-inch Acer device called the Iconia W3, which actually made a hasty appearance on Amazon before getting the hook. Asus seems to be on board with whittled-down Windows 8 products, and that’s nothing to say about Microsoft’s potential Surface Mini musings.

Will we see an OEM-made 7- to 8-inch device burrow out of Build? We certainly think it’s possible.

Windows Phone Store

4. Windows Phone Store strategy 101

Let’s be frank: Windows Phone lacks hard in the app department. At last count, the Windows Phone Store counted 145,000 apps – compare that to the bajillion-plus in the iOS and Android app stores, and Windows Phone is doing a fine job of holding up the rear.

Granted, the Store’s app count is growing, and the Microsoft team is “talking to a lot of folks” about various apps, something the company told us in a March interview, all the while staying focused on developing a “vibrant, differentiated third ecosystem.”

The big question for Microsoft is how to get that message to developers while simultaneously courting the big name apps that are embarrassingly hard to come by on the platform.

Yes, Windows Phone 8 is a new platform, and every week the company seems to add at least one high-profile app (recently it was a full-fledged YouTube app) but if Microsoft wants its mobile OS to be around for the long term, it’s got to figure out its app situation quick. Build seems like the place to lay all its apps on the line.

Xbox 720

5. Xbox ties us all together

On May 21, Microsoft will introduce the world to a new generation of games, TV and entertainment through the Xbox 720, the long-awaited follow-up to the Xbox 360.

Microsoft has promised a multi-part introduction to the new Xbox, including some going-ons at E3 2013 and yet more at Gamescom 2013, but by the time Build rolls around, the new Xbox will be out of the bag in all its green-glow glory.

Developers will clamour to learn more about the console and how it fits into the larger Microsoft ecosystem. To be honest, we’ll wonder the same things, and can’t imagine Microsoft passing on the chance to talk about and introduce new features related to its flagship console.

While we don’t know specifically what Microsoft has planned for the new Xbox, all signs point to not just a gaming console, but a completely different way to be entertained and connected. Build will build on the announcements of May 21 and E3, no pun intended.

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In Depth: Microsoft Build: what to expect from this year’s conference


In Depth: Microsoft Build: what to expect from this year's conference

Microsoft’s annual developer conference has a bit of Google IO glow surrounding it this year, thanks in no small part to the Windows 8 conundrum.

Is it a failure? Is it the beginning of a software revolution? What about apps? How many Surfaces have been sold? When will we see new devices? And what the heck is going on with Windows RT?

Microsoft has already given us more than a taste of what to expect between June 26 – June 28 in the form of Windows Blue news, but plenty of possible announcements on new devices, services and updates remain distinct possibilities.

We’ve gathered what we know about Build into one handy guide for you (right here, of course) plus added some well-informed hypotheses on what you can expect from the event, taking place in the halls of San Francisco’s Moscone Center late next month.

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voAU88qC-jw&feature=player_embedded

1. Welcome, Windows 8.1

This is the big, no brainer announcement as Microsoft has already confirmed Windows 8.1 will be released via public preview during Build.

We’ve heard plenty about this Windows 8 update, known until recently as Windows Blue, but Windows 8.1 still has plenty of mystery surrounding it.

Microsoft will officially release the update “later this year,” providing “more options to businesses, and give consumers more options to work and play,” but Build will be our first chance to see specifically what the Softies are planning for the Windows 8 refresh.

This isn’t simply an operating system update: We’ll see more for apps (more on that below), a likely Windows Phone 8 update, and some new stuff for Windows server.

Blue a.k.a Windows 8.1 a.k.a the free Windows 8 update could spell feast or famine for Microsoft’s new take on the OS, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on how well it functions and how well it’s received, which may be a given if Microsoft decides to bring back the Start button.

Split screen

2. Splitting up and coming together – apps, that is

Word is Microsoft is building some new, built-in Windows 8 apps as part of this whole Blue revamp, including ways to run apps side-by-side on devices home to smaller-sized screens. The hope is to do so without a massive internal work over, which if Microsoft can achieve would make for more expedient delivery to awaiting Windows 8 customers.

Blue will apparently bring something called “Snap Views” that will split a screen 50/50 between two apps, including across different monitors.

What does this mean for consumers? Easier operability and greater personal choice. A revamp of first-party apps is certainly something Microsoft fans would like to see, and we can’t imagine the company letting Build slip by without a decent overhaul on the individual app front.

Acer Iconia W3

3. Smaller Windows 8 devices

There’s a space Microsoft hasn’t extended its Windows 8 reach to yet, but that could change before year’s end.

That space is of course smaller devices, namely ones developed by the company’s OEM partners and sized in the 7- to 8-inch range.

“As part of [new device offerings], we are also working closely with OEMs on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows,” former Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said during the company’s April earnings call.

The timing seems right for Microsoft to introduce a tablet or hybrid meeting the smaller size requirements: In March, the company revised its display resolution requirements for OEMs down to 1024 x 769, meaning the producers are now free to play with daintier displays.

We’ve seen leaks for an 8-inch Acer device called the Iconia W3, which actually made a hasty appearance on Amazon before getting the hook. Asus seems to be on board with whittled-down Windows 8 products, and that’s nothing to say about Microsoft’s potential Surface Mini musings.

Will we see an OEM-made 7- to 8-inch device burrow out of Build? We certainly think it’s possible.

Windows Phone Store

4. Windows Phone Store strategy 101

Let’s be frank: Windows Phone lacks hard in the app department. At last count, the Windows Phone Store counted 145,000 apps – compare that to the bajillion-plus in the iOS and Android app stores, and Windows Phone is doing a fine job of holding up the rear.

Granted, the Store’s app count is growing, and the Microsoft team is “talking to a lot of folks” about various apps, something the company told us in a March interview, all the while staying focused on developing a “vibrant, differentiated third ecosystem.”

The big question for Microsoft is how to get that message to developers while simultaneously courting the big name apps that are embarrassingly hard to come by on the platform.

Yes, Windows Phone 8 is a new platform, and every week the company seems to add at least one high-profile app (recently it was a full-fledged YouTube app) but if Microsoft wants its mobile OS to be around for the long term, it’s got to figure out its app situation quick. Build seems like the place to lay all its apps on the line.

Xbox 720

5. Xbox ties us all together

On May 21, Microsoft will introduce the world to a new generation of games, TV and entertainment through the Xbox 720, the long-awaited follow-up to the Xbox 360.

Microsoft has promised a multi-part introduction to the new Xbox, including some going-ons at E3 2013 and yet more at Gamescom 2013, but by the time Build rolls around, the new Xbox will be out of the bag in all its green-glow glory.

Developers are sure to be clamoring to learn more about the console and how it fits into the larger Microsoft ecosystem. To be honest, we’ll be wondering the same things, and can’t imagine Microsoft passing on the chance to talk about and introduce new features related to its flagship console.

While we don’t know specifically what Microsoft has planned for the new Xbox, all signs point to not just a gaming console, but a completely different way to be entertained and connected. Build will build on the announcements of May 21 and E3, no pun intended.

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Microsoft Surface 2 rumoured for June reveal


Microsoft Surface 2 rumoured for June reveal

A second generation of the Surface tablet has been rumoured for some time, but we’re now hearing that the reveal could be very soon – this June, in fact.

The announcement is expected to come at the Build Developer Conference, which will take place June 26-28, where more information on Windows Blue will also be revealed.

The word comes from supply chain sources claiming to have been shipping components to Microsoft from the end of 2012.

The sources also told Digitimes that the new Surface devices will come with 7-inch to 9-inch displays, smaller than the current version, which would see it competing with the iPad mini and Nexus 7.

Xbox crossover?

There’s also a good chance we’ll see some Xbox crossover that could means Microsoft’s new tablet – or at least a version of it – will also be gunning for the likes of the PS Vita.

It’s been rumoured that the next Surface will be very gaming-focused, and if the new announcement does happen this June, it will be in the same window at the new Xbox reveal on May 21.

So will it be a separate Surface device or will Microsoft roll all the gaming and user into one slate? We expect a few more hints may drop come May 21.

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Tutorial: How to install Ubuntu Touch on the Google Nexus 7


Tutorial: How to install Ubuntu Touch on the Google Nexus 7

Not to be outshone by the big-boys, the GNU-Linux distributor Canonical has developed its very own touch-optimised build of its Ubuntu desktop operating system suitable for ARM devices.

Before you go any further this is the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview. We think even calling it a Preview is a stretch, as there’s little you can do with it other than build your own apps. Put another way, if you’re not a developer or enthusiast this isn’t for you.

We also want to emphasis this process REQUIRES that you entirely wipe your Nexus device. There’s no getting around that, so if there’s anything precious on your Nexus, again this isn’t for you. We’d also say the OS is currently not in any day-to-day usable state, it looks lovely but lacks all the basic applications and tools. So it’s likely you’ll give it a whirl, have a bit of fun and go back to Android.

If you’ve installed a custom ROM on a tablet or phone before then the process is effectively identical to that, but slightly more official. The main steps that we’ll take you through are switching Android to its developer mode, unlocking the bootloader, rooting the device and finally flashing the new Ubuntu Touch image. As we’re nice, we’ll also explain how you can use the same tools to restore your Nexus 7 back.

Disclaimer: Future Publishing Limited provides the information for this project in good faith and makes no representations as to its completeness or accuracy. Individuals carrying out the instructions in this project do so at their own risk.

Be prepared!

Let’s note some details about your Nexus down. Select Settings > About and note the version of Android it’s running and the Build Number at the bottom. We’re also going to be heavily using Google Nexus 7 Toolkit created by the geniuses over at XDA Developers, download and install it.

Before starting you might want to have on hand, the correct Google Android default image for your device. Note the Build Number and download the right replacement from Google.

Back up your Nexus now, copying off any photos, documents, files and so on that are not saved elsewhere, as these will all be destroyed as part of this process. You could also do this using a back up app.

1. Get Unlocked

You need to switch your Nexus 7 into Fastboot Mode, this is its bootloader from which you can do recovery and flash procedures. Power down the device, once off press and hold the power button and the volume up and down buttons. After a second or two the Fastboot menu appears don’t select anything, plug the device into your PC using a USB cable. If you’ve never done this type of thing, you may have to wait for the debugging drivers to install.

Run Nexus Toolkit, only people that have donated can check for updates, but don’t worry when prompted just select the nearest version of Android, as long as it’s within a point-build it’ll be fine. Select three to Unlock/Lock from the menu, it’ll offer a lot of advice but type “yes” and accept the warning that appears on the Nexus screen. Be aware this will WIPE ALL OF YOUR DATA.

Ubuntu on Nexus 7

2. Debuggers

It’s best to have Android in its developer mode with USB debugging mode enabled. This enables you to access the device from your PC, with the drivers installed from the Nexus Toolkit. With Android running select Settings > About and tap the bottom Build number seven times to enables Developer mode and access to its options. Go back to the Settings and select Developer options > USB debugging. With Android 4.2.2 a key needs to be accepted on the tablet.

Ubuntu on Nexus 7

3. Root it

Ubuntu can only be flashed to a rooted device, again Nexus Toolkit can do this for us. The Nexus needs to be in Fastboot mode and connected to the PC. Select option four Root/Unroot and within here the basic Rooting option one. There’s an option as to the Super User tool to use, we’d suggest option two for SuperSU, but it’s not really important.

USB Debugging needs to be on, but if you haven’t booted into Android and set USB Debugging, Nexus Toolkit can do this for you. Read its directions and type “no” at the prompt about USB Debugging. This requires an extra automatic reboot but takes care of everything. It’s so helpful!

4. Bootloaders

Ubuntu Touch does provide a bootloader but you don’t need it. In fact we going to say in the Nexus ToolKit use option six to install the CWM Touch custom Flash Recovery, with the Nexus is in Fastboot mode. ClockWorkMod is an advanced recovery bootloader, accessed via the Recovery Mode in the Fastboot menu. Let the Nexus ToolKit install this, we’ll use this later to flash the Ubuntu files.

Ubuntu on Nexus 7

5. Files to flash

At this point your Nexus is ready to be brain wiped with Ubuntu. All the Ubuntu Touch Preview stable-build files for the various Nexus models can be found here. Th latest nightly builds can be found here.

For the Google Nexus 7 the ones to download are:

  • quantal-preinstalled-boot-armel+grouper.img
  • quantal-preinstalled-armel+grouper.zip
  • quantal-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip

We’re only going to use the two ZIP files, the IMG is for a replacement bootloader that’s not actually required. You need to copy these to a location on your Nexus 7, the easiest option is boot into Android, connect it, then copy these across using the standard USB connection to the default location.

Ubuntu on Nexus 7

6. Flash and Go

With the files on the Nexus, reboot into the Fastboot, select Recovery mode to start CWM Touch. Select Install zip from sdcard > Choose zip from sdcard. Where it is depends on your version of Android, it’s likely under 0/ and then scroll down to see the two zip files. Install the smaller “armel+grouper” zip first and then the larger “phablet-armhf” zip. Reboot and enjoy what there is of Ubuntu Touch to enjoy.

These aren’t real apps.

Ubuntu on Nexus 7

7. Android please!

Putting Android back using Nexus Toolkit is a breeze. Using option nine it’ll download the latest factory build from Google and install it automatically. If you’ve already downloaded the ROM just copy this into the Google_Factory folder within the Nexus Toolkit folder, found in the root of your boot drive and let it do the rest. As mere cats are taken to say, simples.

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