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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RE: I want one!
by saynte on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 20:56 UTC in reply to "I want one!"
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I've only used Qt here and there, so I can't really say if its a great application framework (it certainly seemed sufficient for how I used it), but:

I think it's a great win allowing developers to reuse at least *some* of the skills they may have picked up already. Android development with the Java APIs started out as a completely independent effort (as far as I know), not based on pre-existing libraries, so there seemed to be a big learning curve to pick up all the Android-isms at first.

I don't know if the broader Ubuntu Phone platform will take off, but I like this aspect at least.

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