Ubuntu for Phones to hit smartphone market by October 2013

Written by Tushar. Posted in News

Ubuntu, one of the biggest Linux players is all set to launch its smartphones version of OS, “Ubuntu for Phones”. The first Ubuntu OS based smartphones will be available in October 2013. Developers to get the access to Ubuntu for Phones in late February. Ubuntu is set to hit the market with its gesture based phone OS.

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Canonical and Ubuntu has backed the news, “smartphones running the open source Ubuntu operating system will be available to customers beginning in October 2013.”

Currently the mobile phone market is dominated by iOS and Android based smartphones. Also Microsoft has just entered the market with its Windows phone 8 OS. Ubuntu wil face huge competition from the existing players who have already set themselves in the smartphone market.

Features of Ubuntu for Phones

  • Experience the uniqueness when connected with monitor, keyboard and mouse.
  • Fast and beautiful interface.
  • Compatibility, a single OS for phone, PC and TV.

The handset interface for Ubuntu introduces distinctive new user experiences to the mobile market, including:

  • Edge magic: thumb gestures from all four edges of the screen enable users to find content and switch between apps faster than other phones.
  • Deep content immersion – controls appear only when the user wants them.
  • A beautiful global search for apps, content and products.
  • Voice and text commands in any application for faster access to rich capabilities.
  • Both native and web or HTML5 apps.
  • Evolving personalised art on the welcome screen.

ARM and x86 processors, the Ubuntu phone OS will be compatible enough to let Android phone makers run it on their devices with minimal adaptation.

The Ubuntu developers have provided minimum specifications for running the Ubuntu for Phones.

  • 1Ghz Cortex A9, processor architecture.
  • Memory, 512MB – 1GB
  • Flash storage, 4-8GB eMMC + SD

Ubuntu is not the only one trying to enter the smartphone market. Even Mozilla is all set to go with its Firefox OS. If you want to get full details of the Ubuntu OS then visit the official Ubuntu site.

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