Shuttleworth thinks Ubuntu mobile could be profitable, and won't be as "jarring" as Windows 8 on tablets
0. phoneArena 19 Feb 2013, 21:06 posted on
Canonical may end up deciding that it chose the wrong day to unveil its Ubuntu tablet optimizations, because today has really belonged to the HTC One, but Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth is pushing through anyway, and continuing the marketing blitz for Ubuntu mobile. After showing off the tablet optimizations, and re-evaluating the timetable for Ubuntu phones, Shuttleworth has come out saying that he thinks Ubuntu's mobile strategy could help the company become profitable, and that Ubuntu on tablets won't be as "jarring" as Windows 8 for users...
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1. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
They/He need to find a good PR team which can "Manage" reporters on news and tech sites :)
2. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
first of all windows 8 has not passed the linux community in install count, have you heard of android and how many devices its installed on?
3. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
He meant on Desktop/notebook. Android doesn't even exist (in any meaningful way) on Desktop
4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Sorry, I wasn't referring to mobile. As per the February 1st numbers, all "Other" OSes had 2.1% of the PC market (this includes all flavors of Linux), while Windows 8 has 2.6% share. I'll edit the article to be more clear.
6. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
With 1.3 billion connected PC's (per what i saw when flash upgrade notice popped up today) this amounts to roughly 27 million and if half is UBUNTU then 13 million. Maybe Shuttleworth is eyein g those 10-13 million Ubuntu on desktop users to begin with ... :)
9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I would definitely assume Ubuntu desktop users are being targeted. And, I know that being one of those Ubuntu users, I'm definitely excited to try out the mobile versions on my Nexus 4 and 7.
5. ilia1986 (unregistered)
The HTC One maybe an impressive evolution...
But the Ubuntu unified 4-screen OS is nothing short of a revolution.
The day in which our phone is our PC and is capable of EVERYTHING is in sight! :D
11. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
no, they re too small, pc is WAAAYYY more comfortable and a good one is able to run skyrim and all that
7. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Man I can't wait till I can get my hands on some mobile Ubuntu devices
8. pongkie (Posts: 513; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
can google play apps work on ubuntu? or it has to be android?
10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
More than likely Android apps will be ported to Ubuntu, but there has been no indication that Android apps would run natively on Ubuntu. Android apps run through the Dalvik Java VM and Canonical has said that it won't be relying on Java for Ubuntu apps.