Free software developer Ubuntu has developed a new mobile operating system that threatens to take the mobile industry by storm.
The phone running Ubuntu’s newly announced mobile operating system can connect to any screen and keyboard and the system transforms into a computer.
Canonical, the company behind Linux-based Ubuntu OS, announced that the OS will soon integrate a consumer’s phones, personal computers and television sets.
"We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client and phone functions. Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux enterprise desktop, with customers in a wide range of sectors focused on security, cost and manageability," said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical. "We also see an opportunity in basic smartphones that are used for the phone, SMS, web and email, where Ubuntu outperforms thanks to its native core apps and stylish presentation."
With all-native core apps and no Java overhead, Ubuntu runs well on any entry-level smartphone.
“Your phone is more immersive, the screen is less cluttered, and you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic. The phone becomes a full PC and thin client when docked. Ubuntu delivers a magical phone that is faster to run, faster to use and fits perfectly into the Ubuntu family,” the description on Ubuntu’s website says.
The OS can also be used on smartphones currently running android, like the ones using ARM and x86 processors and provides a full desktop experience, including office software, web browsing, email and media applications when the device is docked to a screen and keyboard. “The transition between the two environments is seamless, making it easy to access the phone's services from the desktop when docked.
Ubuntu is marketing it as a PC that fits in your pocket. “Now multi-core Android phones can be PCs too. Ubuntu for Android enables high-end Android handsets to run Ubuntu… so users get the Android they know on the move, but when they connect their phone to a monitor, mouse and keyboard, it becomes a PC,” says the company’s description of the new OS.
A Galaxy Nexus running the mobile version of Ubuntu was showcased recently and the phone featured a swipe-based menu, voice command, a dedicated app store and personalised welcome screen.
The company is also launching its Ubuntu TV enabling a simpler, more integrated entertainment experience.
According to the company the platform enables easy integration of broadcast, online services and applications, enabling users to make use of modern broadcast TV experience such as search, watch, record and play apart from providing access to millions of movies and TV shows streamed over the web on demand. Not just it also enables shared-screen experience with iOS, Android and Ubuntu devices.
“There’s only one TV so there’s only one remote - for everything that viewers want to do. Use touch and gestures to direct the show. Switch from live TV to a Blu-ray movie, find a TV show online or watch a game of Scrabble unfold with their friends - all at the flick of a finger. And if they prefer, they can use a smartphone as a remote, too,” the description for the Ubuntu TV says.
Thereby Ubuntu’s moves are clearly aimed at providing users with a unified experience be it using mobile, desktop or TV, and the rules of the game are just going to change… forever.