Coming Soon to a Smartphone Near You: Ubuntu


The popular open-source operating system Ubuntu is coming to smartphones.

Canonical, Ubuntu’s commercial sponsor, announced its new smartphone interface Tuesday. The company will be holding a press call later this afternoon, and showing off the OS at CES.

This isn’t Ubuntu’s first foray into devices outside of the desktop. Over the last few years, Canonical has spent time investing in Ubuntu for TV sets and building out its cloud infrastructure. Over the last 18 months, Ubuntu has shifted into integrating more touch-friendly controls and better touchscreen support into Ubuntu on the desktop.

With Ubuntu for phones, it appears that Canonical wants to offer OEMs an alternative to Android on both the high and low ends of the market. Canonical is also going to target the enterprise, where it can offer corporate customers a way to offer thin-client, PC and phone functionality from one profile.

Although manufacturers and carrier partners haven’t been announced, the company expects the first devices to ship in early 2014.

Ubuntu for phones joins Sailfish and Samsung’s Bada as operating systems looking to take on the giant that is Android.

What do you make of the Ubuntu announcement? Is there enough room in the market for another player? Let us know in the comments.

Source : http://mashable.com/2013/01/02/ubuntu-for-phones/

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