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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38. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I don't know if this means more Linux on desktops, or if it means more that Ubuntu will become the defacto Linux, like how all tissues are called Kleenex, or all photocopies are called Xeroxes. And, I'm not sure that's a totally good thing. I'm always wary of metonymy. Hell, I wrote a whole article about how annoying it is that mainstream media calls all smartphones iPhones, and all tablets iPads.
49. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
WINTEL Mafia successfully managed not to allow growth of Linux on desktops. Now M$ is even making it more difficult by locking out dual booting on WIN8. Desperate for survival it seems :)
60. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Uh....thats not good.... :(
If thats the case.....you can definitely count me out from ever installing any MS desktop OS past Win 7.
59. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
lol....yes that is annoying. I tested my 13 y.o. daughter to see something. Shes knows the difference bewteen an actual iPod and something thats not.
Her mother now knows too...thanks to our daughter...lol.
68. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Ubuntu now has as many desktop users today as Apple had in 2008. This is guess is not a small achievement.
71. bon24x7 (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
And the Windows 8 that came out 2 months back already has more users than the entire 'Desktop' Linux base...sad but true...
1.19% vs 1.72%
43. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Wow, not one original idea in that mock-up. I love how people like michael hate on Windows Phone for its lack of applications, yet praise ubuntu.
46. shuaibhere (Posts: 1657; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
If you have used ubuntu in desktop...you will come to know that it does most of things without applications....I hope it will be same with phone..
47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
But how much of those things did you saw in presentation video?
78. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Yes, I know but purpose of showing it is to attract people's attention so I think that if it had most things from Ubuntu then they would be demonstrating it in this video but they don't. Don't you think so?
82. shuaibhere (Posts: 1657; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
This product is still in planning stage....so we can't expect more from it....
56. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I'd call the Unity bar pulling from the side original. And the fact that swiping down from different icons gives you different menus. The true convergence of mobile and desktop is also something we haven't seen yet, although Microsoft had promised it with the "shared Windows core" that got me excited, but hasn't gone anywhere.
I like how readers like you call stating a fact "hating on Windows Phone." I did a whole series on switching to WP, and I quite liked the platform. I've consistently said that it has the best chance to be the third heat in the mobile market. But, yes, right now it is still lacking in apps.
And, in case you didn't make it all the way through the article, I flatly said that while Ubuntu looks good, there are still no hardware partners, and no guarantee that it will have worthwhile apps available for it.
62. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Canonical is trying to push the message that if you already make Android devices, it would be super simple to install Ubuntu instead and sell that. Not too sure how many Android manufacturers would want to do that though, because it looks like Ubuntu might be more like WP where you can put custom apps on, but you may not be able to skin it.
74. roscuthiii (Posts: 1861; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I'm wondering if using Ubuntu though would shield them from patent litigation, or not. Could be a more tempting offer for them if that turns out to be the case.
May turn out to be the carriers ( at least in the US because of their industry stranglehold) that balk on this one if customers can customize apps but carriers aren't able to apply their own non-removable skins (apps too for that matter).
63. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
This is where Nokia SHOULD HAVE GONE. MeeGo (Jolla) and Ubuntu for top tier, Symbian for low end.
79. abirjin (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
This right here is the game changer. Convergence, the reason why Apple devices sell so well and something Google simply can not do as they do not have a relevant pc OS and something that Microsoft can not do as they are simply money grubbing a**holes who excel in ponopolizing the market and messing up OS's. Anyone who has every used ubuntu will know what I feel very well, and to others who who havent, the UI looks beautiful, no? add to that simplicity and a world of apps and a support community that extends to as far as you can see and encompasses all aspect of the OS seems like the perfect OS to me. Keeping my fingers crossed about its reception by phone manufactures and hopefully we will see a host of Ubuntu phones next year. :)