Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 19:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Expected, but still insanely cool: Canonical has just announced Ubuntu for phones. This is a new mobile phone operating system, with its own user interface and development platform. It's built around Qt5 and QML, and the interface reminds me of MeeGo on the N9. It's supposed to be on the shelves in early 2014, but the developer preview is out today.
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I'm not sure I like the idea of magically turning my phone into a full blown desktop OS. It's great theory, but no one has really done it well yet.

Motorola failed, completely, and embarrassingly with their Atrix. It screams more of a gimmick than anything else. ASUS is the same with their PadFone.

I do think there is promise in connected devices and continuous clients, but only through the lens of cloud computing and synchronization.

Kinda like being able to start a movie on Netflix on my PS3 and continue it on my Surface from their Netflix app.

Or editing something in OneNote on my Lumia and opening the app on Windows 8 and having it pick up exactly where I was. (Note: This isn't currently do-able, but its an example of the type of scenarios I envision).

These type of scenarios are much richer and there is much less friction on the hardware side.

The phone spec war also worries me because it comes at the cost of battery life. These superphones can barely get through a day. Multicore is only worth it if your tooling is up to snuff to eek out every ounce of performance.

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