Ubuntu For Phones – The Smartphone That’s Also A Full PC

Ubuntu for Phones

Ubuntu is a popular free and open source Debian Linux distro for desktop computing. Well, that was until now. Ubuntu is now also available as an operating system for smartphones. And it isn’t just another smartphone OS. It is the first full PC-compatible smartphone OS. In other words, if you dock a phone running Ubuntu OS, it becomes a full PC and thin client. Let me try again – dock an Ubuntu OS phone to a monitor and keyboard, and you have a truly handheld PC. Cool? Insanely awesome! The future is here.

Ubuntu for Phones convereged PC

User Interface & Apps

Ubuntu uses simple natural swiping gestures from the edges of the screen similar to what obtains on MeeGo. HTML5 is fully supported alongside native apps. The web app system lets you quickly adapt any web property for installation as an app on the phone, running independently of the browser, with its own icon and access to system services. This means that all the big names will be available to Ubuntu phone users at launch.

However, for rich applications and graphics-heavy games, Ubuntu uses QML for easy development experience for native apps with engines in C or C++, and JavaScript for UI glue.

Performance

Canonical also say that Ubuntu has already been adapted to run on chipsets using the ARM and Intel x86 architectures relevant for mobile devices, and that the OS doesn’t have the overhead of a Java virtual machine, so all core applications run at full native speeds with a small memory footprint.

Entry-level Ubuntu phones can run smoothly on 1Ghz Cortex A9 and 512 MB RAM, while high-end Ubuntu “superphones” will be fitted with Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom processors and a minimum of 1 GB RAM.

The Smartphone Race

Just when you thought you had seen it all, Ubuntu for Phones joins the smartphone OS war and brings in a unique selling point. Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Sailfish, Tizen, Firefox, and BlackBerry 10! Like Android, Ubuntu for Phones is free and open source. Like Android, it has the backing of an entity, Canonical, so development is unlikely to stagnate. I am interested in seeing which OEMs will adopt Ubuntu for Phones. This is one promising smartphone OS. At least, in concept.

What do you think? Does Ubuntu for Phones look that promising, or is it just me?

For more details, visit the Ubuntu for Phones site. hat tip to Muyiscoi for the tip off!

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11 comments for “Ubuntu For Phones – The Smartphone That’s Also A Full PC

  1. January 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    The UI is very interesting. Here’s a trailer for those interested.

    Its once core platform spread around Desktop, TV, phone and Tablet (yet to be announced). I’m already running Ubuntu on my laptop and the Ubuntu OS is supposed to be able to run on any modern Android Phone (i’m sure the xda folks would jump on that ASAP). In a year or so, I could be running Ubuntu on all my devices from phone to PC!. How awesome is that?

    NOTE: In case you didn’t know, and couldn’t tell from this comment, I’m a huge Ubuntu fan boy :D

  2. January 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    its sounds promising, if it could over something similar what Android platform is offering, it might be a good competitor, many people don’t really use Ubuntu on PC so it might not get the interest of many smartphone users.

  3. Joel Ebuka
    January 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Having Used Their Os Before and Being The Third Most Used OS in The World After Mac And Windows. It Looks Very Promising I Especially Love The Fact That The Whole PC is Controlled From a Hand Held Device. The Best Thing About It Is That It Is an Open Source Software Which Means Developer Who Are Getting Bored With Android Will Be Entralled With It, Also Other Linux Developer Can Just Build Right Untop Of It To Create Their Own Mobile OS(Imagine Linux Mint On a Phone #Crazy) And Caonical Might Just Be The King Linux Distro After Being Ursurped By Linux Mint Which Is A Very Intuitive Linux Distro. The Best Part Is That It’s an African Company That’s Coming Up With This!!

  4. Joel Ebuka
    January 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Mehn With Linux Will Soon Rule The World I Mean 3 Out of The Top 4 Os in The World are UNIX or Linux Android Already Owns The Smartphone World

  5. Noni
    January 2, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Ubuntu will be competing directly (it seems) with Windows Phone 8 in terms of the compatibility between phone and pc. Neither iOS nor Android have managed to do this to the extent envisioned by these two.

    Just curious as to how it will work in terms of apps. Not been too impressed by some of the Ubuntu pickings to date.

  6. January 3, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Sadly know very little about the platform- “Ubuntu”. I recently just wrapped my head around the name (sounds like Caveman speak- Oonga Boonga thinz)

    While I haven’t totally gotten over the Android experience, I’m mighty glad that 2013 is shaping up to be a fierce year in The War of Platforms.

    May have to buy a new piggy-bank for BB 10 or Ubuntu or whichever OS turns out to be hardcore.

    In the mean time *resumes Contract Killer 2 on Android Tab*

  7. January 3, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Sadly know very little about the platform- “Ubuntu”. I recently just wrapped my head around the name (sounds like Caveman speak- Oonga Boonga thinz)

    While I haven’t totally gotten over the Android experience, I’m mighty glad that 2013 is shaping up to be a fierce year in The War of Platforms.

    May have to buy a new piggy-bank for BB 10 or Ubuntu or whichever OS turns out to be hardcore.

    In the mean time *resumes Contract Killer 2 on Android Tab*

  8. January 3, 2013 at 5:27 am

    personally I don’t think there is space for yet another mobile OS in the market, Linux barely got enough attention in the PC sector what makes them think going mobile is going help either. They need more OEM backing if they are going to make any headway.
    until then my opinion is that this is just DOA project

  9. Harry Echemco
    January 3, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Yeah, I’m excited by this news but I agree with martinkem on OEM support. If Canonical cannot get enough phone makers, especially like Samsung to support this OS, it may never succeed and I’m praying that it does succeed so that other platforms will emulate their vision.

    Another important thing that will help the OS garner traction faster is for the OEMs to ship the docking station alongside with the phone at launch rather than launching the phone first with the docking station coming as an additional hardware at a cost or even not being available at launch time. I’m also a huge fan of Ubuntu, though I’m not very pleased with the desktop environment starting with Ubuntu version 12.04.

  10. Belushi
    January 4, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I am loving it already. The more OS we have to play with the merrier. The trailer looks interesting. Looking forward to its launch.

  11. bosun99uk
    January 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

    SO interested in the Ubuntu phone.

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