Ubuntu 13.04 improves graphics performance to help phones and tablets

Ubuntu 13.04 improves graphics performance to help phones and tablets
We found out this past week that Ubuntu Touch for phones and tablets had gotten a bump of its daily builds, so the daily builds were based on Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) rather than 12.10. Now, we're finding out just what kind of improvements have been put into Raring Ringtail that will help out mobile users in the future.

A big part of the 13.04 upgrade has been a much smoother Unity interface, and better performance. A lot of that is based on the improvements made in an effort to make the OS better for "lightweight systems", which is the initial aim for Ubuntu Touch. Canonical said about the update:
Ubuntu Touch is planned to start life in emerging markets on low-cost handsets, so this update is laying the foundation for much better performance on those devices. This is still early work though, because Ubuntu Touch isn't planned for wide release until Ubuntu 14.04 comes out in April of next year.

source: Ars Technica

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5 Comments

1. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Smartphone OS competition is great for all of us. Now that Firefox OS has been released and their 2 launch phones are already sold out, i think there's a pretty good chance of Ubuntu enjoying a successful launch next year, although sooner would have been better. Android is gobbling up the smartphone market much faster than others can keep up with. Good luck, Ubuntu!

2. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wonder how the app support would work for Ubuntu. Will Ubuntu users be able to access google play apps like blackberry or how would it work for them?

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Canonical is taking a native/HTML5 approach to apps. Native apps will be written using Qt/QML. There is no reason to expect support for Android apps in Ubuntu.

4. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

ubunto would be great for older smartphones if they support it. its going to be lightweight and stable and open. in comparison to android which is resource hog and finally stable (dependent on resource again) and open

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

JAVA is a resource HOG. That's a unique JAVA Feature I am waiting for UB UTNU phone too ... apps count of 1 billion doesn't make a difference for users like me :)

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