Yet another mobile operating system is about to become mainstream with Canonical’s announcement of its latest version of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu for phones will debut at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week in Las Vegas.
Ubuntu is famous for being the most friendly distribution of Linux, with many functions simplified it has seen huge popularity within the open source community. With an elegant user interface, it has even been the free distribution of choice some hardware manufactures such as Dell, where it’s use surged during the wave of net-book computers we saw a few years ago.
With Ubuntu for phones, Canonical have teased us with the same elegance re-imagined for the mobile phone. With what they call ‘A whole world of apps’ they say -
thanks to Ubuntu’s web app APIs, it’s easy for web developers to install their sites as full applications.
I am fascinated to see what they have in developed! What we do know is that they are not just relying on HTML5 but also native applications which take full advantage of the phones hardware and capabilities.
For app developers this will introduce the question of whether it is worth the effort to convert or even re-write their applications for Ubuntu for phones.
As someone with a passion for open source, I hope that Canonical have considered this in their strategy. Perhaps they have developed tools help a migration or maybe even support for Android apps…
We won’t have to speculate for too long as it will see its debut next week at CES.
Here is canonical’s virtual keynote -
Leave us your comments below and tell us what you think!
Would you be tempted away from iOS or Android? Do we need another mobile OS?