Ubuntu, one of the popular Linux-based operating system is moving towards phones, to make them smartphones and superphones. After a long-awaited countdown timer, Ubuntu for phones arrived with impressive features and clutter-free user interface. Canonical, a commercial business entity for Ubuntu officially unveils the platform especially designed for phones. The all new Ubuntu for phones is going to be showcased during CES, 2013 as well.
On unveiling the operating system, Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical says;
“We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client and phone functions. Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux enterprise desktop, with customers in a wide range of sectors focused on security, cost and manageability. We also see an opportunity in basic smartphones that are used for the phone, SMS, web and email, where Ubuntu outperforms thanks to its native core apps and stylish presentation.”
The ecosystem of Ubuntu for phones is not much new for the Android developers and the operating system same basic kernel and drivers found on Android platform with new gesture-enabled user interface. Ubuntu for phones can be worked with apps developed on HTML 5 codes and even more, Canonical has been released a QML toolkit to write codes for the apps on the phone platform. The company is also going to release a SDK which enable developers to write codes for native apps or even for the HTML 5 based apps. The new operating system will be more easy to use and faster than Android operating system as the platform uses native programming for app development rather than the Java based codes.
Due to the sharing of same basic kernel and drivers, Android developers can even easily port Ubuntu operating system on any Android based device. Moreover, the company is also working on a project to make the smartphones more similar and usable as personal computers (PCs) and just by placing an Ubuntu based phone on a dock give ability to use it with a keyboard and mouse. The phone can also easily share contents with the PC and perform all the operations similar to any PC.
Moving towards the interface of the operating system. As we said earlier, the user interface is full of gesture inputs and sliding the finger on the screen perform all operations, no further keys are needed. Swiping the finger from the left shows all the apps and a short swipe shows all favourite apps. Swiping from right shows recently used apps. A swipe from bottom shows all the menu controls, works as a menu key and a swipe from top shows all the notifications. Users can get all the information of the device and notifications right on the lock screen and the lock screen says ‘come in’ with visualised patterns.
As any operating system, Canonical also set minimum hardware requirements to use Ubuntu on the phones. And the category of phones is divided into two as, entry-level Ubuntu smartphones and high-end Ubuntu superphones.
Minimum requirement for entry-level Ubuntu smartphones:
- 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor
- 512MB-1GB of RAM
- 4-8GB eMMC+SD
- Multi-touch support
Minimum requirement for high-end Ubuntu superphones:
- Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom processor
- Minimum 1GB of RAM
- Minimum 32GB eMMC+SD
- Multi-touch support
- Desktop convergence
Furthermore, the all new Ubuntu operating system for phones will bundled with Ubuntu One cloud storage which enable users to store all the data such as media, documents, files and other contents right to the cloud. And the cloud will be easily accessible using any device and desktop.
Watch official video promo of Ubuntu for phones:
Canonical is partnering with several OEMs and ODMs to bring the operating system in the smartphones for global markets. The devices based on the operating system are expected to be appeared sometime in the next year, 2014 or after as the development on the new platform is not possible in short period, so just wait more for taking Ubuntu in your hands.