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 Bishi on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:33 UTC in reply to "Impressed."
Bishi
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2009-08-27

Firefox OS isn't a real competitor. Mozilla intends to create an open standard for mobile applications based on web technologies. The purpose is to avoid app store lock-in, and to let every app work on every phone (or computer).

Some Firefox OS apps already work on Android (I don't remember if you have to install Firefox first, though).

The actual Firefox OS, the thing below all the apps, is nothing more than a kernel and a web engine. That makes it a very simple, easy to port OS suited to low end smartphones.

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RE[2]: Impressed.
by brion on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 20:37 in reply to "RE: Impressed."
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2010-11-04

To "install" Firefox apps on Android you do indeed need to install Firefox first (currently only the Aurora or Nightly releases support this) You get launcher icons on your home screen, and they appear as distinct items in app switching (but all with the Firefox icon and "App" as the name... hopefully that can get fixed eventually!)

Of course in theory a well-written web app that doesn't need special permissions can also just run in the stock browser or Chrome as well...

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