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 tylerdurden on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 20:44 UTC in reply to "Impressed."
tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

To assume google would be scared of this is to completely misunderstand google's business plan.

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RE[2]: Impressed.
by Nelson on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 20:46 in reply to "RE: Impressed."
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2005-11-29

Google isn't scared of an Android off-shoot taking eyeballs off of their Android OS? Or getting along completely without their ecosystem? That's nonsensical.

If this gains any sort of traction, and it is increasingly obvious OEMs are looking to pivot away from Google's Android (though not necessarily Android per-say see Amazon) to their own solutions. And it makes sense, there's little additional revenue streams coming from Android for OEMs making it harder to match the likes of Apple on price at the same specs.

But of course, you're welcome to enlighten me. I always saw Android as a means to an end for Google, and a very shaky one at that, it's very easy to make Android not worth it for Google.

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RE[3]: Impressed.
by Radio on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 21:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Impressed."
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Google is still developing apps for iOS, and core experience ones no less, such as Gmail and Maps. The iOS Maps app is even nicer than the Android one. How would that fit with your view that Android is so important to Google?

I think Google could easily live in a world with Ubuntu dominating. They would just port their apps. What about Google Play, you say? Well, Appstore do not bring much money, even to Apple. Check their financial results.

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RE[3]: Impressed.
by gan17 on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 01:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Impressed."
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2008-06-03

Google isn't scared of an Android off-shoot taking eyeballs off of their Android OS? Or getting along completely without their ecosystem? That's nonsensical.

But is it really an off-shoot, though? Thom seems to think it is based on Android, but I can't recall hearing anything in the video that says so, nor did I read anything on the Ubuntu webpage that indicated that.

Is it possible that Thom confused this Ubuntu Phone OS* with the old (dead?) Ubuntu-for-Android**? The former was built on Android, but this seems to be running on top of the standard GNU/Linux stack. Or am I mistaken?

* http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone
** http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android

See. They even have separate pages for the two. For Ubuntu Phone OS, I only see a sentence containing "yet it uses the same drivers as Android", which doesn't quite equate to "built/forked from Android". Colour me confused.

Edited 2013-01-03 01:27 UTC

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