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: Impressed.
by Radio on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 21:10 UTC in reply to "Impressed."
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Nice post, but I strongly disagree on two points :

-Google shouldn't be scared, and I hope they won't, because otherwise they will lock down the platform, and I think nobody here wants that! I know fidelizing customers is better for business, but doing that by tying them is awful, and I am glad that the Android project put a feet in the closing door. If all hardware was locked like Apple and Microsoft push for, there would be no Ubuntu phone, no Firefox OS, no WebOS. Being able to hack a smartphone, even through complicated hacks, even to get only sub-par performance, is a huge boon to mobile OS development.

-Sailfish has a clever stategy, even an impressive one fosr such a small company. While Microsoft is shooting itself in the foot and taking Nokia down in the process by focusing almost exclusively on the USA, the Jolla team is focusing on China. A very clever move.

But yeah, Shuttleworth's presentation is far more professional (despite the weird variations in audio recording quality). The interviews of external people was a very good idea, especially Rafe Blandford (All About Windows Phones) and Ian Drew (ARM). Huge credibility points gained there.

I still see room for Firefox OS, given they seem so have made a very efficient platform. I doubt Ubuntu will run well on low-end hardware.

Edited 2013-01-02 21:13 UTC

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