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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My biggest problem with Ubuntu would be all the random issues with performance. I installed the 12.04 and 12.10 on my HP Touchsmart (dual-core Turion with 4gb of ram) and it would randomly pause for 5 seconds at a time while trying to type.


I have a similar issue with the Dash in Unity 2D, but with only that. I don't know what your issue could have been caused by.

So with a phone, they'd better concentrate a lot on battery life. I know several people that went back to 'dumb' phones because they were tired of having to charge their phone wherever they went.


It depends on usage patterns, I guess. If I don't play any games, just use my Defy as a phone and to check the occasional webpage -- in other words, use it as a feature phone --, it can go on for about a week. Add wifi and GPS, and it's down to one day. Play a game, and you can drain the battery in a few hours.

However, without the JIT overhead, I really hope that the Ubuntu Phone can beat Android in this regard. If there's one piece of technology I'm really looking forward to, it's this one. Aaand colonization of space, but I guess I'll have to wait for that...

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