January 25, 2013, 1:37 PM — When Canonical officially announced Ubuntu for phones just a few weeks ago, it demonstrated an attractive interface but was otherwise light on specifics regarding the hardware, carriers, or apps that might be involved in actual devices.
A downloadable image of the upcoming system will reportedly be available in late February for the Galaxy Nexus, but in the meantime the project team is apparently hard at work on what may be considered the most important component of all: apps.
Specifically, it's launched a project called Ubuntu Phone Core Apps through which it's hoping the broader community of Ubuntu Linux developers and fans will help design and create a set of basic open source apps that will come preloaded on Ubuntu Phone devices.
'Millions of handsets'
"Recently we announced the Ubuntu Phone and as part of the phone platform we are inviting our community to participate in building the core set of apps that will ship with the phone," explains the Core Apps page on the Ubuntu Wiki site. "This provides a fantastic opportunity to create software that could run on millions of handsets!
"We have already reached out to our community for programming volunteers (we did this on the launch day) and we are also inviting design suggestions for the apps," Canonical explains.
Among the specific types of apps being sought are a calendar, a clock/alarm, weather, calculator, an email client, an RSS reader, file manager, document viewer, account manager, and terminal as well as integration with Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
An online mock-up tool
There are already key developers assigned to each core app, noted Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon in a blog post on Wednesday.