Ubuntu Handsets Shipping In October 2013: A Brief Look At The Phone OS

By Anuj Bhatia

    Ubuntu is surely getting its due recognition, as the Linux-based operating system will be finally made available on Android. The company showcased - Ubuntu for Android at Consumer Electronics Show, held at Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical Ltd, confirmed that the company will be able to launch the mobile version of Ubantu in October. It is earlier expected that the supported hardware will arrive in the early 2014.

    According to a report published in The Wall Street Journal, Canonical - the makers behind Ubuntu , confirms the coming of Linux-based Ubuntu for Android , in October that , too, in two large markets. Going by the story, Mr. Shuttleworth, declined the possibility of American release this fall, but admitted to the fact that, ‘America is absolutely a key market for Ubuntu. He said shared that app developers will have access to the operating system later this month. It would be great to know - when Ubuntu for Android, lands in India.

    Ubuntu for Android - A brief look

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    Ubuntu is finally coming to Android supported tablets and smartphones. The company gave a demo of the OS at CES 2013. The handset used for demo was Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The mobile version of Ubuntu was designed around the existing Android kernel. The mobile OS supports X86 and ARM, based processors. The mobile OS uses thumb gestures for easy navigation. Ubuntu, took a design aesthetics from the Desktop version. The OS, itself, adds a neat approach to the experience involved with it. With four different edges of the screen will let a user to switch apps and content with ease. Swiping from the left hand side of the screen opens up the catalog of downloaded apps.

    One look at the Ubuntu's website gives you heighted features of the mobile OS. As per the website "Ubuntu for Android enables high-end Android handsets to run Ubuntu, the world's favourite free PC desktop operating system. Ubuntu for Android enables high-end Android handsets to run Ubuntu, the world's favourite free PC desktop operating system."

    The makers behind Ubuntu for Android are in full swing to woo, developer community. The company notified the added advantages for both handset manufacturers as well as carrier operators, as specified in http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android.

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