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[3]: Impressed.
by gan17 on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 01:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Impressed."
gan17
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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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RE[4]: Impressed.
by Nelson on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 05:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Impressed."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I could've sworn I heard it mentioned on the Keynote video. I'll rewatch it again.

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