Canonical announces Ubuntu Phone OS coming in early 2014
0. phoneArena 02 Jan 2013, 13:17 posted on
We had heard a couple days ago that Canonical was planning to ring in the New Year with an announcement of a new Ubuntu product. At the time, we were under the impression that the event was going to be a product release, not just an announcement, so we were prepping to hear about Ubuntu for Android. But, today's event turned out to be an announcement, not a release, and the announcement was for the Ubuntu Phone OS, which will be released in early 2014...
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1. hltechie (unregistered)
This looks awesome
65. MeoCao (unregistered)
Looks great, if it runs smoothly on average phones then the future is bright.
2. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Looks great. THIS is how you do a genuinely creative UI.
Wonder how it will run on my GS3 :D
3. Aeires (unregistered)
Gah, was hoping for a dual boot Android/Ubuntu combo.
A year is a long time to wait though. Wonder what changes it'll undergo in 2013 for the 2014 launch?
15. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I'd say a converged phone/desktop system is better than a dual boot option.
The hands-on that I've seen actually looks really good. There is definitely optimization to be done, but the OS itself looks pretty complete. Now, it's just a matter of getting apps on it.
39. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Just saw their web site information on Android to Ubuntu. Integrating Ubuntu to Android sound good.
42. Aeires (unregistered)
I was more interested in using Android for phone purposes but having the ability to dock it with a monitor to use the Ubuntu resources. Main reason I was hoping the Padfone would come to T-Mobile, the docking ability is a big advantage.
54. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Ubuntu for Android will still exist for users like you.
64. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1116; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Michael, wouldn't this be the same as the Meego OS where you could port Android apps over? If that's the case then the apps you have come to know in Android should be able to work on Ubuntu as well.
Also, with the Tizen and Firefox OS' coming out, those applications may be able to be used on this OS as well. At least that's what I would think.
67. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Certainly didn't help Meego all that much. Microsoft also offered an easy way to port Android apps to WP and that didn't really work all that well. Native development is always better.
69. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1116; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Well, the problem with Meego was Nokia dropping it without giving it much of a chance and going straight to Windows Phone. So, I wouldn't really say that the app development was the problem with Meego, but instead it was the lack of support from a hardware developer. I would look towards the success or failure of Tizen as a real indicator of what Meego could have been since it seems that Samsung and Intel are committed to the platform.
Also, the "easy way to port" Android apps to Windows Phone was found out to be not that easy just because of how different the two OS' APIs were. I would think that Android, Ubuntu, and Tizen would have such similar APIs that this wouldn't be a problem.
72. saied (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Correct me if I'm wrong but "Ubuntu on android" had access to android apps quite natively
BTW is that now scrapped?
80. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Ubuntu for Android will still exist. Shuttleworth is hoping that will help people get used to the idea of converging mobile and traditional PCs before Ubuntu phones come out.
23. hellt1M (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
they said canonical will be releasing an image of this beast within the next few weeks! :D
24. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Yes sir, and I'm loading it on my old Galaxy Nexus the minute it happens!
4. bxbomber718 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)
Wow...I'm impressed. Now only if I can get that on my Nexus 4....
18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I'm wondering the same, but given that the plan is to make Ubuntu 14.04 universal, and to use the Ubuntu Software Centre, I'm going to assume that the answer is yes.
44. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Then I'm leaving android for this...don't get me wrong guys...I still love android..but I can't afford to buy two smartphones at a time..
6. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Make this run on the iPhone6 lol. That way people can finally have a good OS to go along with the only 2 good things the iPhone has; camera and battery life.
11. nwright94 (unregistered)
Their gpu and CPU is great too, still matching and even beating current high end phones. I would LOVE this OS on my 5.
30. nwright94 (unregistered)
For posting facts? I'm really hating how this website is becoming an android only website, you guys don't accept people with different OS preferences. There's this wonderful website called androidcentral.com where you won't have to see comments from windows phone, iPhone, or blackberry users. If you hold so much animosity against non android users, why do you even go on a website that reports a variety of news? So how about you go away.
50. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)
Yeah with a less than HD display and 4 inch screen
51. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"I would LOVE this OS on my 5."
You can be sure in 100% that Apple won't allow it!
Also why you want to use Ubuntu Phone OS instead instead of iOS, unhappy with iOS?
52. nwright94 (unregistered)
It's not that I'm unhappy, it gets the job done, but it's a bit stale. This looks very fresh and while I don't hate it and bash on it, I'm not a fan of android, it's just not my cup or tea. And I know apple wouldn't allow it, just wishful thinking :)
53. nwright94 (unregistered)
Not all iPhone users think everything about it is perfect. I've just gotten my second replacement for a bad power button. Being away from home in college, FaceTime and iMessage are a big help with staying in touch with my parents so that's my main reason of using it.
7. chrischau1308 (Posts: 53; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
This is absolutely beautiful!!!!
OMG, is there any other mobile OS that I miss?
Blackberry 10, Android Jelly Bean, Jolla Snailfish, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Symbian, Tizen, Bada, now Ubuntu Phone OS, OMG what else?????
This is so exciting !!!!!
66. Bappy (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
haven't heard of Jolla "Snailfish", you are probably missing Jolla "Sailfish" though, i think.
9. tigermcm (Posts: 851; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
someone school me please on what Ubuntu is. never heard of it until today, I must be living in a box over here
16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Ubuntu is one of the big name Linux distributions and probably the biggest Debain-based distro. While other Linux distros like Fedora tend to be geared towards power-users, Ubuntu is designed to be as user-friendly as possible.
It's a lot easier to try it out than have it explained. It's totally free, and if you have a disc, you can burn a LiveCD to try it out without installing it on your computer.
70. archangel9 (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
As what Michael said,I too use Ubuntu fully now for 7 years and it's the best Linux distro out compared to Fedora,Open Suse,etc. I recommend you download it and burn it on a CD AND YOU CAN DUAL BOOT on Windows or Mac OSX. Solid,stable,virus free and 100% UNhackable...
81. jroc74 (Posts: 5995; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Thats one thing I love about Linux, the Live CD's. I tried to make a multi Live CD disc one time...I gave up afer many months of trying to get it to boot right.
I know it might can be done with Windows, but its alot easier with Linux.
58. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
What Michael said.
Also, I know that there's an easy way to dual-boot through Windows with one easy installation- I did it myself until I ran into some major driver problems and had to uninstall.
It was pretty nice when it worked lol
10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
People are so excited but I can't get what is so exciting in?
26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Apart performance improvements I don't see anything what would make me excited and that's why I have made a questin in comment #10. At the moment 4 thumbs down but still no one can say what is so exciting about this OS, seems like a "reasonable" excitement...
31. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I use Ubuntu as my primary OS on my laptop, so the integration and possibilities of the first real universal platform are what excite me.
34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Since you use Unix-like operating systems, I agree, your reason seems valid.
36. jroc74 (Posts: 5995; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Whats your opinion of Win 8 and that scenario? Isnt that what MS is trying to do?
37. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That's exactly why I got excited about the "shared Windows core" when that was announced, but so far, we haven't seen it in action. WP is a nice option, but it's still trailing behind on features, and the integration with Windows 8 is mostly through SkyDrive. The integration with Ubuntu looks a lot more interesting because you can see how you transfer your phone instance to a desktop in the moment.
41. jroc74 (Posts: 5995; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Oh ok. I dont keep up with WP, Win 8 news in detail. I thought it was already in use. I was curious when you said "first real universal platform"...lol.
This phone might make me break out some uBuntu this weekend.
13. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
The first words that came out of my mouth was... holy sh*t... To be able to boot desktop using phone, I'm not going to miss out on this.
14. Valdomero (Posts: 157; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Making the OS to recognize what hardware is running under the hood so it can boot on "Lean mode" or "Heavy mode" sounds more like Ubuntu. They definitely will do something different of what we're used to see in other phone OS's.
Heavy mode booting desktop by docking the phone, or something more wicked like dual booting (maybe in mods), one can dream...
20. SudoHalt (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)
Very interested to have my hands on at least the lowest end Ubuntu mobile OS. Have been a user of Ubuntu on my laptop since 2 years and I love it.
21. KineticArc (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)
I'm thoroughly looking forward to this. I would very much enjoy being able to hook a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse into my phone, write/compile software on it using gcc/g++, Java, mono, python, etc. and have access to the plethora of open source programs available worldwide (like kate for instance). I'm especially looking forward to the support that Digia will provide through Qt. Qt is one fantastic application programming interface.
27. iCandy (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Regarding the reference in the post regarding Qt; will this use Qt or GTK? I believe Unity is currently a variant of Gnome 3 built with GTK, no?
25. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Once this matures commercially, I can see troubles for RT (and perhaps Pro) market share in 2014 not that it is booming as of now and some of android tab market could go to Ubuntu. Expect bigger patent litigation after that from M$ Nokia Apple combine as their market share falls. M$ had done quite a bit of funding for SCO-UNIX to cause troubles for LINUX.
So looks like 2014 onwards it will be a tug of war between M$+Nokia+Apple combine against others.
29. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1232; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Windows and Blackberry are having a tough time and people are familiar with them. This is gonna be a big challenge seeing only nerds know what it is. Heck, I don't really understand it completely.
32. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That's why I'm curious as to what Canonical will consider to be a "success" for Ubuntu going forward. So far, being one of the most popular Linux distros has been enough, even if that means being less than 1% of the overall PC market. That's not an outlook that we tend to call successful in mobile though.
33. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
FYI, I've emailed Canonical about this, so I'll definitely be writing asi find out more
77. kdealltheway (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)
Thanks, there's a lot of us interested in this kind of subject regarding linux. I'm mostly intrigued with the acceptance within linux society. FYI (phonearena followers) animosity between ios and android fans is nothing compared to a longlasting distro war in linux comunity.
35. jroc74 (Posts: 5995; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Will this be the beginning of Linux getting used more on desktops? I dabbled with Linux a few years ago. Its nice, nicer than I thought it would be. Main thing ppl have to do is find a distro that you like and works well for you. Ubuntu, SuSE were my favorites. uBuntu is extremely user friendly to set up.
After install, I had access to all my external and networked drives. Other distros, I had to do extra steps.