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[2]: Impressed.
by Nelson on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 21:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Impressed."
Nelson
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2005-11-29

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.


Thanks. I think this is all secondary to Google though. They used open source because it was convenient. There really was no other alternative. It is a means to an end. They didn't do it for pie in the sky reasons, and surely don't share the same values as some of the most stalwart Linux-istas do.

Just like they used Java because it was convenient, but were not opposed to completely and utterly destroying Sun's implicit guarantee of Write once, Run anywhere when it came down to it.


-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.


That's a great point about Sailfish actually. While writing the comments I knew I was missing something. That's a pretty smart choice.

However China is probably going to heat up quick. Nokia is aggressively pushing into China with the 920T on the high end and their various lower end Lumia models. Some early reports indicates sell outs and long queues (Though shipment numbers are anyone's guess).

That, and Nokia's Asha lineup by all accounts is being received well and looking to be Nokia's white knight.

That, and Apple has similarly started pushing into China in earnest. There is a lot of potential in China, and I don't think any one OS will take the whole pie.

It is however a great opportunity like you said, for Jolla to at least build mindshare and sustainability.


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.


That remains to be seen, I agree. A lot of what was shown seemed to be renders and simulation, not real on device performance. I'll want to see how it feels and performs on a device.

If it outperforms stock Android on the same device IMO they have a winner.

Firefox OS also has a niche being the mid to low end, now that you think about it. I wish they'd position it more as a "Feature Phone+"

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RE[3]: Impressed.
by Lennie on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Impressed."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Just a few monents ago I posted about the ARM Chromebook:

http://www.osnews.com/permalink?546909

The ARM-based Chromebook outperforms the Intel Atom one from a year or so before it from the previous Chromebook generation. But is a lot cheaper and uses less power.

If you read my comment above, the Chromebook can run Ubuntu.

That is the same ARM-chip which will be in the new highend phones for 2013.

So I don't see a huge problem.

Edited 2013-01-02 23:39 UTC

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RE[4]: Impressed.
by Nelson on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:53 in reply to "RE[3]: Impressed."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I guess if Ubuntu starts making phones the size of Chromebooks you'll be on to something.

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