Expect Ubuntu smartphone to ship to customers in October 2013
Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO of Canonical, did not commit that the United States or North America would be one of those markets, but did say that North America is a “key market for Ubuntu.” Shuttleworth also noted that there is carrier interest in the platform, though did not mention which carriers or manufacturers will be partnering up for the Ubuntu rollout later this year. Samsung's Galaxy Nexus has been the hardware being used to optimize the platform.
Ubuntu will be a wholly gesture based experience, no lock screen, no home button, meaning a completely new user experience is in store for us. Think of the content being the interface. The experience is inspired by some basic tenants of Japanese architecture where a balance between space and objects is strived for. Gestures from the outside-in allow access to most used apps, controls and the operating system itself.
While gesture based interfaces are not ubiquitous, the learning curve is usually very short and those gestures develop quickly into muscle memory. Ubuntu, as an open-source code, would seem to be an invitation for all sorts of “wild west” activity of hacking and customization of the design the Canonical is putting into it. However, Canonical believes that the open-source environment will only lead to even greater designs.
Check out the pictures below of how the user experience is shaping up. Is Ubuntu in your future?
sources: The Wall Street Journal and Co.Design via The Verge
1. valapsp (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
Love the UI. Especially the CLOCK. The whole thing looks promising.
2. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
beware IOS and Android. you're getting a real rival.
8. cezarepc (Posts: 572; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Their real rival would be WP. It's just a matter of time before we see the real effects of shared core.
9. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
i think the prosperity of this OS depends on the fact that which company will choose it for their devices.
3. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Waiting for this ... and it would be a nice thing to happen. One needs to wait and see how much of this would be lifted by "some other company" and patented as their own.
5. shuaibhere (Posts: 1526; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Love this...but we indians should wait a bit long to get this....
7. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Simpler than BB10, they're the ones who should watch out. Just waiting for Jolla Sailfish to show its chops.
10. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I wonder on what grounds Apple will sue to stop it from being imported.
11. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I think it's more confusing than BB10..but anyways competition is always welcome!!
it is truly the year of Linux on mobile!!
12. Gaijin_Xiao_Pao (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)
Looks better much better than Android, that's what I think. :)
14. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
This will be the best thing to happen to phones since android!
16. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Welp....time to break some uBuntu on the desktop....
Someones gonna be gone if this takes off.... I wonder if Nokia is looking at this OS...