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Offline feelingtheblanks

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« Posted 2013-01-08 17:02:57 »

Canonical -- Ubuntu guys -- have demonstrated the Ubuntu Phone OS, a new mobile OS to come in late 2013 or early 2014 that will mimic Ubuntu on desktops.

Here Mark Shuttleworth is showing an app running on phone, it seems neat : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO7QbCqFY7Y&feature=youtu.be
Natively QML with C/C++ and HTML5 with Javascript seem to be the supported languages for creating apps.

http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone
Offline Xemdo

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2013-01-08 18:55:45 »

I don't see any point to this. There is plenty of mobile operating systems already available, what is the purpose to creating another one?
Offline Mac70
« Reply #2 - Posted 2013-01-08 19:00:58 »

I don't see any point to this. There is plenty of mobile operating systems already available, what is the purpose to creating another one?

In my opinion there is no real rival for Android (I am not saying anything about iOS, because this is "special" OS). We NEED more mobile operating systems which would be a viable alternatives for this system. I was using Android, Bada, Windows Phone and Symbian.

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Offline Roquen
« Reply #3 - Posted 2013-01-08 19:10:10 »

Ouya (however it's spelled), the new nvidia handheld, etc. etc.  Companies are always doing the "shotgun effect" of new stuff...my opinion is to pretty much ignore it until it's proven to be interesting market (but I'm not a gambler).
Offline Best Username Ever

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2013-01-08 22:41:30 »

Your phone owns you, not vice versa. I don't mind existing free operating systems targeting phones. Even a Firefox phone is exciting. But it may still be a form of controlling users, even if it's better than Google or Apple. Mozilla already sells users to Google and Canonical decided to put what were basically targeted ads in their software.
Offline ra4king

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2013-01-09 06:05:36 »

This is absolutely the dumbest decision in the world. Unless this phone is targeting a small niche of mainly Linux people, there is no way this phone will be popular.

However, I do hope I am wrong.

Offline nsigma
« Reply #6 - Posted 2013-01-09 10:41:55 »

This is absolutely the dumbest decision in the world. Unless this phone is targeting a small niche of mainly Linux people, there is no way this phone will be popular.

However, I do hope I am wrong.

I hope you're wrong, too.  Mind you, it is targeting sectors where that "small niche" is actually quite large - BRIC / developing world and the enterprise (desktop in your phone could be big there).

That, as they say, they have the same basic core and drivers as Android could appeal to manufacturers.  What does piss me off is the first page that blames Java for Android being slow - grrr ... Dalvik!  Emo

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Offline ReBirth
« Reply #7 - Posted 2013-01-09 11:50:35 »

That's mean I have to apt-get my phone, and installing deb rather apk? Grin

Offline Magnesus

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2013-01-11 12:17:35 »

Ouya (however it's spelled), the new nvidia handheld, etc. etc.  Companies are always doing the "shotgun effect" of new stuff...my opinion is to pretty much ignore it until it's proven to be interesting market (but I'm not a gambler).

OUYA is a bad example because even if it isn't popular as a user you get a console for playing emulator games and excelent media player and as a developer your games that work on OUYA will also with a few modifications work on Android tablets and even phones. With Ubuntu Phone OS it's much more complex because you might need to write application/games especially aimed at it - unless at some point they will support also Java for example.
Offline Cero
« Reply #9 - Posted 2013-01-11 16:47:17 »

This is absolutely the dumbest decision in the world. Unless this phone is targeting a small niche of mainly Linux people, there is no way this phone will be popular.

this.

android is already linux and free.

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Offline Best Username Ever

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« Reply #10 - Posted 2013-01-11 23:27:34 »

android is already linux and free.

Free for manufacturers. It's not free for users. What would you call an operating system released by Microsoft that was based on Linux but was not functional on the same computer that was sold to you with their software preloaded if you compiled it from source?
Offline Cero
« Reply #11 - Posted 2013-01-12 01:58:04 »


I just assumed that if you can download android x86 there would be some android downloads aswell
without that, custom roms would be harder to create

I mean I dont know, I assumed its free - if not, well, then it makes marginally sense. Still its a very niche market.


What would you call an operating system released by Microsoft that was based on Linux but was not functional on the same computer that was sold to you with their software preloaded if you compiled it from source?
A piece of shit ? D:

Offline Agro
« Reply #12 - Posted 2013-01-12 03:56:38 »

Hey, it looks pretty cool. There's still a lot of stuff the main mobile operating systems haven't covered that we can probably see in Ubuntu. As you can see, Ubuntu guys got gaming to start coming over to Linux, so let's wait and see what they can do with this. Android and iOS have a lot of hassles in it, development-wise and in terms of use.

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