3 minute demo covers the looks and main functions of Ubuntu Touch, reaffirms Chinese Meizu's cooperation

3 minute demo covers the looks and main functions of Ubuntu Touch, reaffirms Chinese Meizu's cooperation
It's been a long while since Cannoncial, the company behind Ubuntu, has made its plans for a future foray into the world of mobile OSes known. With a huge following, Ubuntu is often times considered the world's largest Linux-based distribution, and a recent poll of ours makes it clear that the majority of our readers are very excited by the prospect of Ubuntu getting around to releasing a mobile version of its OS.

If you count yourself among those people, then Chinese Meizu has a treat for you -- a near 3 minute-long demo of Ubuntu Touch running on top of its MX3 flagship. The walk-through provides a glimpse into the way Ubuntu's mobile OS will function, and, of course, how it'll look. We won't spoil anything for you so that you enjoy all 2 minutes and 43 seconds of it, but it suffices to say that the OS looks to be planning on rivaling Android in terms of functionality.

Ubuntu Touch is expected to ship by the end of the year, and it already has enlisted two hardware partners in Chinese Meizu and Spanish bq. What's more, carriers like Verizon, T-Mobile USA, Vodafone, EE, Three Group, and others, intent on breaking up the OS duopoly, have also pledged their support in some form or another. Not a bad start for Cannonical, but we all know it's going to take significantly more for the new entrant to actually manage to turn its raid into permanent occupation.

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13. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Android + bb os.

10. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I hope this OS can be popular like android. Too bad no manufacturers want to back it up

9. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I don't like the Unity UI, hopefully we will get KDE or other DEs for mobile :D

14. WarumLinuxBesserIst

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 03, 2014

KDE? So you need a mouse to handle your Phone? Does it make sense?

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Keyboard seems to have huge buttons

6. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

It looks interesting, I might buy it if it's a budget phone.

5. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

You can tell it's in its infancy. It's not quite as smooth as the other OSs on the market. But that's fine, it looks cool. Problem is I wouldn't switch to it anytime soon because it's likely to be paired with lame hardware and carry a bunch of early adopter bugs...

1. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Not bad, but too similar to android I wouldn't feel like I made a switch

2. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

have you ever used ubantu on pc? it has been looking like this since version 8, which was around 2008.

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

How would this info help him feel he made a switch?

7. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I was about to ask the same thing, since you already wrote it, I will wait to see his response. I do not know about ubantu, but I have used android for few years before I switch to windows, which was a difference to me, galaxy note 3 to lumia 1520, and not because of apps, its just the way windows look and feel when you go through the menu. The video above look like android in my eyes with few differences, but those same differences I feel like Sony or HTC can implement them and then what will happen, what will separate it from android. If its a phone for people to play around with then it may not be for me because even with all my android I never customize or root, so if thats its main selling point, then I am not a target. Beside everything I said it still look good, I hope you realize I said nothing negative about it, just saying for me to have motivation to go out there and support one of these devices I need something compelling.....Android in the past got me for free apps and higher specs, After the 1520 came out, windows got my attention to have everything windows hook up together, plus it had same specs as the androids that came out, even if the benchmark dip a little it still be fine.....Apple can get me over with a bigger screen, I prefer 6 inch phone, but if they can bring it to 5 inch I would reconsider in a year or two if I want to use my upgrade.....so what can they (ubuntu) bring to the table to motivate me to consider

11. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

It is like fully linux in phone. not compressed linux like android. if linux is your thing, you wouldnt need reason to switch, you would want to. i cant convince you to switch. there is no selling point in this yet. myself i use sony Z1 android and HTC 8S windows phone. so i get your expression about having distinct phone and OS. i had ubantu on my Nexus 7 for a while but after my school ended i didnt see reason to have it. Its basically for people who have a ubantu in home pc. so they can carry on their setup with them. i dont think ubantu offers any customization atleast couple months ago they didnt. its sort of like iOS just with swipes and couple embedded widgets. its still in developing stage and will include more options as it goes on.

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

nice well written response, and thank you for not attacking me

4. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

bleh, only vaguely so perhaps (the sidebar is the only thing from Ubuntu desktop really) nothing here looks especially outstanding... *maybe* the notification categories, though they'd better think about making the gaps larger for such a thing to be usable for most people.

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