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[4]: Impressed.
by Nelson on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 21:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Impressed."
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Because Google wants to control their own destiny from end to end. For too long they were just a Windows software vendor.

This explains a lot: The Java bastardization with Dalvik, Chrome, Android, Google Go, Docs, etc.

They want to be in as much as your life as possible, and the only reason Android even exists is to further this goal.

Ubuntu OS clearly threatens this, and as such, Google should be worried about someone taking Android + the improvements they've made, but cutting Google out of the equation by not shipping with Google's Apps or Marketplace.

And if you think Google isn't also worried about a future without Google on iOS you're kidding yourself. iOS Maps (while poorly done) was a shot across the bow that Apple isn't playing nice with Google anymore.

Google needs Android (and Chrome OS) to be the stage for Google services. Similar to Microsoft using Windows and Windows Phone (and Xbox) to prop up their other brands.

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