First Ubuntu smartphone goes on sale next week

By Shawn Knight
Feb 6, 2015
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  1. It's been several years in the making but the first Ubuntu-powered smartphone is nearly upon us. The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will finally go on sale starting next week although it's not the same handset that was promised a...

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    I hope they do good. Nice to see a new OS for the phone being introduced. Based on Linux like Android is..Android is so limited. Let's see how this other version of Linux does on the market?
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,599   +411

    So they began with a new OS and 2013 super-phone specs, and ended up with just an OS with weak *** hardware. This project is going down in flames... again. A fire sale is pure irony.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Since you guys are knocking the new guy, could you list all the $200 or less phones that would be a better choice?
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    Killed it with the screen rez. I dont care about thickness or bezel nor do I even need 1080p but that screen res....
  7. igotdembombs

    igotdembombs TS Rookie Posts: 19

    The hardware really isn't that important. They can take the same software and put it into a different phone. This was about developing a new OS.
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  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,599   +411

    Samsung thinks we could use another OS (Tizen), and so does Mozilla, but what we really need are for the existing ones to get better first imo. When you have too many options, it only confuses consumers, and they are left with friends' recommendations and we all know what those recommendations are. OS's people know.

    The idea for the Ubuntu phone was interesting. I was excited when I saw a demo a while back, and then I saw their Kickstarter goal. :( It was a good idea, but that's all it was. It didn't really offer anything we haven't seen, or could be done by existing OS's. Oh it could connect to a monitor and be a PC in your pocket... Yea, I don't think anyone needs that. lol Imagine your phone being plugged into a monitor, kb and mouse, AND the wall for power to run Linux? An OS that hasn't been picked up by mom's and dad's since its existence?

    If anything, this project should of started where it is now, at the bottom, with the OS, with the founders' own time and money, instead of taking shortcuts with crowd funding. They tried to ride the train, but forget their tickets.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2015
  10. sullybach

    sullybach TS Rookie

    Well seeing that there won't be any apps.....
  11. BloodyMatters

    BloodyMatters TS Rookie

    If you find Android limited.. You must find iOS a pain...
  12. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 806   +270

    It doesn't look all that appealing, which could be the biggest problem because that's what sells. Hardware wise it depends on how heavy the OS is, I'm guessing it's not. Maybe a 720p display with get rid of those huge *** bezels. Apps will be a problem because similar to WP it's a new OS and late to the game.
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +461

    The Moto G, first, second, third, fourth and fifth choice.

    This sounds like a new flop following the "new" OS phones (Mozilla OS, Amazon Fire), with less than average phones that can't take on the competition. A huge phone with an awful screen resolution already killed it for me.

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