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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by Hiev on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 19:39 UTC
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Ubuntu for phones uses Android as its base, but beyond that, is completely new. It has its own interface

I got a question I hope some one here can answer, if Ubuntu is based on Android, can Google sanctioned any OEM like it tried to do with Acer in the case it supports the Ubuntu phone?

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by Boldie on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 19:46 in reply to "..."
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I'm not sure it is based on android.
It specifically states that it does not have the overhead of java:

"Ubuntu provides a fast and beautiful experience, even on inexpensive hardware. It doesn’t have the overhead of a Java virtual machine, so all core applications run at full native speeds with a small memory footprint."

No android without Dalvik, right? It might just be the Linux kernel with android patches and can use the same drivers as Android phones. Or do I miss something?

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by Radio on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 19:59 in reply to "..."
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They can. After all, Google can stop collaborating anytime they want (save for the business deal they made) with any OEM. I do not know if that counts as a "sanction": Acer could have continued what they were doing, they would just have to do stuff on their own with Alibaba (and Android AOSP code). Their call.

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by Hiev on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 20:50 in reply to "RE: ..."
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That's really bad, it is a way to stop innovation.

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by woegjiub on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 22:44 in reply to "..."
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The thing they were worried about was the ability to run android apps, right?
Obviously, Ubuntu has several JDKs available, but it will not be able to run android apps out of the box, so this issue should not exist.

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by Lennie on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:28 in reply to "..."
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They only use the kernel and drivers, that is how I read it. That is just GPLv2 software, no problems there.

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by riha on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 14:52 in reply to "..."
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I can see two links on their page

"ubuntu for phones" and "ubuntu for android", so i guess one have android as base, the second one is ubuntu 100%.

Are you sure you are reading the correct info/page?

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