Ubuntu smartphone offers alternative to applications

Canonical has announced the first actual Ubuntu phone, which will go on ‘flash sales’ in Europe over the coming days.

The Ubuntu handset can run apps written in either the HTML5 web programming language or its own native QML code.

However, its operating system effectively hides them away. Instead of the traditional smartphone user interface – featuring grids of apps – it uses themed cards that group together different facilities.

Canonical calls these Scopes, and they are reminiscent of the swipe-based card system used by the Google Now personal assistant.

I’m curious about this new approach. It seems a bit cumbersome to me – configuring your own ‘Scopes’ – but I’d love to try it out.


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