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Ubuntu Phone OS Announced, First Devices Running Linux Shipping In Early 2014 [Details]

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by January 3, 2013 Software Zone

Finally, Canonical has taken the wraps off of the already teased and promised – mobile version of Ubuntu, here are all the details left for you to know about the buzz that Ubuntu Website was shown off. Actually, the countdown banner approached a special announcement at 8AM ET. That tipped a touch-based operating system and today, the company behind the Debian Linux OS has put fans out of their misery with the reveal of a smartphone operating system.

The newly announced Ubuntu Phone OS, which is built around the existing Android kernel and drivers, but doesn’t use a Java Virtual Machine and promises to use “the full power of the phone.” Supporting both ARM-based and 86X processor, the Ubuntu mobile OS will be compatible though to let Android-powered phone makers run it on their devices with minimal adaption with an ease. Check made!

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Although, the open source nature of Linux has already seen variants of Ubuntu installed on some of today’s most popular devices, whereas many of us take advantage in modding our devices unofficially, it’s always nice to see companies like Canonical come beyond with a specially-tailored version like this.

For the uninitiated – Ubuntu for Android, originally announced back in February last year, will be the first step to getting this new ecosystem out to shipping devices, which Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth says will definitely arrive at some point during this year. However still no manufacturer support of carrier has yet been announced, but the first Ubunto for handsets-based on Android should be provided by a “high-end” Android devices maker, such as Samsung, HTC, LG…..!

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I am eager to see Ubuntu on Samsung Galaxy S III and rumored S4, but that’s my approach. Proper Ubuntu phones are promised to be out in early 2014, but the company has a number of demo phones out here in London and downloadable images of the development platform will be available for the Galaxy Nexus over the next couple of weeks.

Being an open source (freeware) Ubuntu is one of the many different assortments of Linux, and is marked as being one of the easiest to use, especially for thoser accustomed only to Windows and Mac OS X. Ubuntu 14.04 like many versions have gained a great deal of traction at desktop level during the course of eight years, offering services to mobile users is a part of natural progression, and Canonical has duly obliged here.

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Launched it a while back, and also demonstrated by Canonical / Ubuntu founder in the dedicated event, it’s clear to say that the phone OS looks impressive, as noted in the embedded video below.

As said above no smartphone manufacturers have signed up to run with Ubuntu, and Shuttleworth also adds that an Ubuntu-toting handset is still the best part of a year away. Not surprisingly, Ubuntu’s handset interface is bringing a few unique features to separate it from the competition.

The UI isn’t crowded out by widgets and icons, but instead has windows and menus available at every edge of the display screen, will play a big role in navigation — Canonical says that swiping in from the four different edges of the screen will let users switch apps and search for content. A short swipe from the left side of the screen brings up a dock of your favorite apps, while a full left-to-right swipe will pull up all of your open apps. The controls and icons only appear when needed, keeping the look clean, minimal, and necessary.

From an overall design perspective, Ubuntu looks to offer a pretty dynamic home screen experience that’s quite a bit different than Windows Phone, Android, or iOS. The utilization of voice and text commands on mobile in the past 18 months, and the Ubuntu OS allows voice and text commands within any app. The OS support HTML5 on the Web, along with native apps, means many of those online games and services will already be at our fingertips, and in fact the developers prospect of view, points the SDK – is all said to do “most of the work” in offering a “unique Ubuntu look and gesture.”

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The Canonical also says that – the operating system’s historical roots on the PC won’t be forgotten, either, as Ubuntu phones will be dockable with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Expects the smartphone version of Ubuntu to be popular, and with Windows Phone 8 and Firefox OS also trying to make inroads into the market, when considering the competition and more importantly – very open-source. Want to grab more details, just head over to the official – ubuntu.com/devices/phone

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