Ubuntu-based smartphones announced for Q3 2013

By Rick · 16 replies
Jan 2, 2013
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  1. It appears Google's Android and Apple's iOS are about to face some new competition: Ubuntu. Canonical, the primary organization who backs Ubuntu, has announced a mobile-centric version of the OS which aims to debut on two different smartphones. The devices...

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  2. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,041   +678

    This is a joke right? I'm going to push my luck and laugh now at Ubuntu getting taken out by Android. And at that point, the primary organization who backs Ubuntu, will be renamed - Ironical.
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    This is definitely interesting. It'll be like a more mainstream 'official' version of Android off-shoots such as MIUI, Cyanogenmod, etc.
  4. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I'd have been more impressed to see a push for a true tablet version of Ubuntu, but I'm guessing the phone OS scales up - much like early iOS on iPad perhaps? Either way, I'm sure it's not a joke. Consider that it will work on virtually any recent Android-supported hardware out there already. Manufacturers don't have to redesign or rework an entire product line. And, as I caught in a few other articles about this launch elsewhere on the net, they are intending to target enterprise and business hard. Makes sense, since that is where Ubuntu is strongest right now, and RIM hasn't been doing a great job of maintaining their dominance in that arena.

    Gonna be interesting when this phone OS and the Firefox phone OS start to really muddy the smartphone waters... Still think that the tablet is where those new OS options could most shine, and perhaps generate traction for the smartphone side of things. I guess time will tell.
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  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I think there's a misprint in the first line of the article. It reads 'Google and Apple are about to face some new competition' but really Ubuntu will be competing with Microsoft, for the spot in distant 3rd.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but isn't one of the attractions to Linux the ability to customize an open source OS? And doesn't Android already provide that?
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I think the answer to that question lies in your first observation about who this will really compete against. The implied beauty of Ubuntu on a smartphone is that it will be functionally and programmatically identical to the desktop and other versions. The closest comparison to this is Microsoft's push with Windows Phone and Windows RT and the prevalence of the Metro interface, but there is still a disparity between those platforms and Windows 8 (as far as program interchangeability). In theory, Ubuntu will be the same, and run all of the same programs, across all levels from smartphone to server. In some ways, it's really a "holy grail" type of goal for integrating tech.
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  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    It will only run if it's coded to run on ARM too. Not 100% of apps do this.
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Well, from what I can gather in a brief glance at some chatter around development circles, and according to the official Ubuntu site... If you are using HTML5 or their QML development system, it doesn't seem to matter what it runs on. All that matters it it's the same Ubuntu in either case.

    Now, if you decided to directly program to specific hardware, and lock yourself into a position that does not allow cross-platform compilation... Then I'd say you might have some issues.
  9. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,282   +49

    For those that aren't aware (at least half that have commented thus far), Ubuntu is far different than Android. From what I've seen, Ubuntu is just as friendly, if not better.
  10. Det

    Det TS Rookie Posts: 84

    True. It's not better.
  11. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    I want one thing, and one thing only: to have control of my own phone. If Ubuntu or Mozilla can give me that with their offering than I am all yours.

  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Wait...what? Unlocked bootloader phones, rooted ROMS.. not enough?
  13. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    All of that voids the warranty of my phone, you fool…
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    That's at the hardware level. I don't see how Ubuntu will both allow it (unlocked), and still include it in warranty.
  15. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    If I can have control on my PC why not my phone -- this is not an unreasonable request...
  16. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Pretty sure messing with the BIOS on an OEM machine will void your warranty too.
  17. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    Those are not even remotely related, and no it does not...

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