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Ubuntu For Phones To Arrive Next Week On Nexus 4 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the year-of-linux-on-the-nexus4top dept.
nk497 writes "Canonical has revealed that a developer preview of Ubuntu for phones will arrive next week, on the 21st of February. The touch preview will initially only be available for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones, but Canonical plans to support more devices. The release is designed to let developers create apps — and to give 'enthusiasts' a sneak peek — ahead of the smartphone side of Ubuntu arriving in version 13.10 in October. Canonical suggested that the OS will initially only support low-end smartphones, but the group plans to also support higher-end models, too, and the OS will work across mobile devices, PCs and TVs."
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Ubuntu For Phones To Arrive Next Week On Nexus 4

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  • Re:i could see it. (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 15, 2013 @04:17PM (#42914983)

    a phone for more technically literate

    You lost me there. When has Ubuntu ever been targeted at the "more technically literate"?

  • Re:no one cares (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Teresita (982888) <{ten tod orezten} {ta} {1eganidab}> on Friday February 15, 2013 @04:31PM (#42915193) Homepage
    Android? Perhaps you forgot about the company that makes 3/4 of all the profits made in mobile... Android is fighting for the table scraps.

    Those profits come from the bling factor of Apple phones. It's like Rolex. People want to be seen using it. Never mind if it's any good.
  • by plover (150551) on Friday February 15, 2013 @04:48PM (#42915477) Homepage Journal

    And do you want to remember and tap that obscure name into the phone's keyboard? I also have many pages of apps, but with a decent set of named folders to organize them, I can get to any of them in a few taps.

    Foe example, I know I have an app of the periodic table, but I certainly don't remember it's named "EMD PTE" (by the way, that's an absolutely terrific free periodic table app if you need one), yet I swipe and tap into my "Weather and Science" folder and there it is.

  • by ChunderDownunder (709234) on Friday February 15, 2013 @07:52PM (#42917701)

    The preview release has nothing to do with high or low end. The Nexus 4 devices have community support through AOSP and are targets for community development such as replicant and freedreno. It's a hacker phone, a shipping product that provides a base platform on actual hardware. Such that first-world nerds such the average Slashdotter might possibly own and thereby try out Ubuntu and contribute to the ecosystem.

    By targeting the Nexus 4, they support one of the more popular SoCs in Snapdragon. Coincidentally, Snapdragons are found in the both the developer phones that Geeksphone are producing for Firefox OS, neither of which are super high end by flagship Samsung/HTC/Apple standards.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?