Ubuntu OS for Phones announced; to be released in 2014
Yet another OS is on the way to smartphone market, this time it is from Canonical as mobile version of its Ubuntu operating system. The company had already promised the OS for phones. Even though the OS is Ubuntu, the OS uses same kernel and drivers as Android but come with a brand new UI and navigation.
The company emphasizes the use of HTML 5 web apps, according to the company they can be used like native apps. The apps are capable of showing notifications like native apps, So apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Gmail and Spotify are all available and for a better experience, there will be native apps coded especially for Ubuntu. Anyway, the OS doesn’t use the Dalvik Virtual Machine like Android, so it seems like apps will be incompatible between two but there is still plus side for this, lack of virtual machine and ability to run apps natively could offer a better performance than the Android.
The new OS uses heavy gestures for navigation. The each of the corners can be used for a gesture. You can swipe each side to show different features. A short swipe from the left will show your favorite apps while a long swipe takes you to all your apps. A swipe from the bottom will open menu controls for the app you are in and a swipe from the right opens last used app. For easier access of your notifications and messages, you can swipe down from the top.
The Ubuntu for phones has a new lockscreen as they call it welcome screen and you can have all your side gestures from here, so you don’t have to perform an unlock gesture. On the welcome screen, there are circular patterns which shows important information from your installed apps.
On the Ubuntu OS for phone has given high priority to search like with its desktop version. A swipe down from the top will show you the search control and as you type, the screen below shows you relevant content from various sources such as Wikipedia. Finally for a desktop-like experience, the Ubuntu for phone will let you connect your device to a keyboard and mouse.
Smartphones with Ubuntu pre-installed can only be expected in early 2014, but Canonical will soon be offering downloadable images of the operating system, which only works on Galaxy Nexus at present. The company has released a video showing the Ubuntu for phone in action, check out the video below and drop your comment in the box.