Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution that turned out to be an effective alternative to Windows for many is now making its way to the smart phone market. The concept is still in its phase of development, but has already found itself surrounded with a great number of speculations and criticism. Now, the question is, will this brand new innovation survive in an age when iOS and Android seem to be enjoying the most delicious piece of cake. Well, why not? Here are a few reasons why it should.
Ubuntu Phone is solely based on the desktop version of the operating system. The interface has a sidebar that allows you to access desired apps instantly. Most interestingly, the OS will be constantly upgraded, and this is where Android seems to be getting a hard knock from the newbie. Android geeks usually spend months and years for the latest version of the operating system to be released. And if your phone is not fit to have the latest version, you have a good reason to panic. Ubuntu Phone won’t let you go through all of this. A constant upgrade will ensure that you have the latest OS running on your smart phone.
All Ubuntu desktop apps will now run on the smart phone as well. No doubt, modifying these apps to make them fit rightly on a smaller screen may take a while, but the company does plan to make available thousands of apps before the device is ready for grabs.
It seems like Canonical Ltd., the developer of the concept has worked really hard on coming up with an highly innovative user-interface. For instance, the lock screen displays different graphical representations for various tasks. Other features remain quite standard such as the home screen displaying missed calls and all your favourite apps. By sliding right to left, you can view the list of apps installed on your phone as well as a few app recommendations.
But, how would the Ubuntu devices look like? Canonical initially plans to power a good number of low-end smart phones with the new operating system. The company also intends to bring in Ubuntu smart phones that could also be used as desktops.
The Bottom Line
You will probably have to wait for a while until you get your hands on a brand new Ubuntu powered smart phone. No doubt, Ubuntu may find it too difficult to make its way right at the top in an unshakeable smart phone market where Android and Apple seem to be constantly playing the ‘I hit, you miss’ game. And of course, Ubuntu phone will also have to battle it out with the likes of Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone. Meanwhile, Canonical Ltd will have a tough fight with well established players of the mobile phone market.