Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth unveiled an Ubuntu power mobile phone in London today. It has been speculated for long that Ubuntu will also follow Firefox to provide a new Smart Phone OS. Ubuntu did not try to hide its ambition to enter mobile market and showcased its capacity with Ubuntu for android.
It was planned, all way along:
With the aim to unify all your computers be it your laptop, smart phone, smart TV or Cloud, Ubuntu worked in precise steps to bring this change. It all started with the new “mobile” desktop environment Unity. Originally flaunted as the desktop environment for low end netbooks, Unity was forced with Ubuntu 11.04. Orthodox Linux users were agitated over this “change”. They called Unity names, many tried to switch to other Linux distributions to use the good old Gnome desktop environment. But despite of all the ho-cum, Ubuntu did not change its decision.
Time passed and Unity was accepted. Meanwhile Canonical focused on improving (read monetize) Ubuntu Software Center and turning it into a complete app-store like iTunes from Apple. In parallel, it also worked in bringing many cool features like Unity Hud, lenses and with 12.10, Web apps.
All these were symbols that Ubuntu was going mobile. When the whole world is going mobile, it simply cannot be ignored by an ambitious company like Canonical.
Features of Ubuntu for phones:
- Unity interface to provide more space for apps
- A number of native core apps and strong Ubuntu app developing community
- Integrated cloud support
- A welcome screen instead of a lock screen
- Unity Hud for easier search
- Easy swipe to switch between running apps
- To sum up, it has everything you need in a smartphone
Know more about Ubuntu for phones features here.
So, how and when can you get it?
Since it is just not an operating system like Ubuntu which you can install on any computer. At the moment, no hardware manufacturer has come up to incorporate Ubuntu on its smart phones. But if rumors to believe, we can see an Ubuntu powered smart phone by the end of year 2013.
So what you think about Ubuntu going mobile? Will it make your smart phone smarter? Do let us know of your views.