Canonical has been talking about making Ubuntu on tablets and phones a reality now for several years, and in recent months we have finally seen a few devices come on the market. A review of the Meizu Pro 5, a Ubuntu-powered smart phone that is compatible with North American 4G networks, appeared on DistroWatch.The article covers how Ubuntu compares to Android and explores the differences between traditional apps vs Ubuntu scopes:
Scopes are a slightly unusual concept in the smart phone market, but I grew to appreciate the idea. What eventually gave me the “a-ha” moment when it came to scopes was when I realised scopes are for looking at information and apps for doing things. Scopes are always on, always waiting in the background to provide us with small bits of data. Applications are for performing tasks. A scope will tell me what is on my calendar for the day, an application will create new appointments. A scope will tell me who called me recently while an app will place a new call.
I have had no interest in smartphones up to now at all, but I would like to give one of these a try.
The big problem is that they can’t be found anywhere, if Canonical want these out in the wild they will have to convince at least one major manufacturer to release them.
The Pro 6 is supposed to be released later this year though, so maybe they will be easier to get after then.
I hope so anyway, they definitely look and sound a LOT better than IOS or Android which I have no interest in.
Just make the bloody things available!