Canonical Announces Ubuntu Version for Smartphones

Canonical unveiled Ubuntu Phone OS, a version of the system especially designed for smartphones.

Ubuntu for Smartphones

On its official website, Canonical have posted a countdown to the upcoming Ubuntu Mobile OS. This was accompanied by the enigmatic phrase “so close you could almost touch it”. For many it meant the imminent release of a version of the system especially designed for touch interfaces.

Society cut short the rumors and gives the go-ahead for its system Ubuntu Mobile Phone OS. The system features a new ergonomic making use of the four corners of the system to be able to perform certain actions as quickly switch between active applications, find favorite apps or return to the previous screen. Canonical explains on its website that they have integrated a universal search engine to find applications, content or products. It is therefore akin to the search engine Ubuntu Desktop.

By default, the system embeds the classical applications such as email, SMS, camera, gallery, music player, mapping service or calculator and alarm clock. Canonical also benefits from its offering to include web service Ubuntu One. Ubuntu Phone OS accept native applications but also other technologies developed through HTML5. This will take advantage of the smartphone’s screen by proposing that the control buttons on user request. Of course, Canonical provides the information necessary for developers wishing to deploy their own applications.

Canonical aims to market entry and upscale. More specifically, the system runs on devices with Cortex A9 chip clocked at 1 GHz with 512 to 1 GB of RAM, but also on smartphones or quad core with an Atom. The best models will be able to make a convergence with the release of Ubuntu dekstop. Concretely this means that Canonical has revised its system for Android Ubuntu to apply on its own mobile OS.

To recall, in February 2012, a few days before the opening of the Mobile World Congress, Canonical presented Ubuntu for Android. The company then tried to approach relatively novel telephony market. Rather than designing a mobile edition of its system, the publisher wants to negotiate with various manufacturers to ship directly Ubuntu in the firmware of the smartphone. Once the unit is connected to HDMI on a TV screen, the OS from Canonical will automatically synchronize its data on Android with applications in Ubuntu.

For now Canonical for search OEM partners. Find more information on this page. Also take a look at above videos on how Ubuntu Mobile OS works.