According to the recent reports, Ubuntu powered smartphones would not be available for the users before October this year, but developers will get an access to preview builds of Ubuntu smartphone OS by next week.

The company handling this Ubuntu project- Canonical declared that on Feb. 21, 2013 the Touch Developer Preview will be made available for Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus.

Canonical says the “Touch Developer Preview has been designed for developers and enthusiasts to give them a chance to “familiarize themselves with Ubuntu’s smartphone experience and develop applications on spare handsets.”

Moreover , Canonical will be installing the new Ubuntu OS on the smartphones of those developers who will be attending Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona Feb. 25-28 and wish to preview the new Ubuntu OS.

Earlier this week, Canonical unveiled guidlines for designing Ubuntu apps. These guides provides developers and designers an insight into the design vision for Ubuntu along with the global patterns that are required to be followed to make applications  perform persistently.

The company also introduced a Software Development Kit for those developers who want to develop applications using HTML5 or native Qt/QML.

Ubuntu is one of many companies duking it out for another spot in the mobile marketplace. In addition to Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android lots of movement could be seen on the latest BlackBerry 10 OS, along with the Firefox OS , Sailfish and rumblings from the Tizen.

The company is hitting at the sweet spot of developer and addicts by concentrating its preview builds on the Nexus series smartphones.

What do you think of Ubuntu’s chances on smartphones? Will it be able to stand aganist Android and iOS? Let us know in the comments.