Can Ubuntu OS for smartphones threaten the Android market share? - Part 1

Jun 20, 2013 by DanM

With each passing day, a smartphone or a tablet becomes part of a user's life, making his daily tasks easier. If we look back, we see that the technology has evolved a lot in the past years, and we can say that the era of "dumb phones" is coming to an end. The smartphones and tablets have gained a lot of market share, and day by day producers try to innovate and come up with new designs, features or new OS'es for the smartphones that they launch. If you ask yourself what determines producers to innovate and improve the smartphones and tablets, well that's simple: competition.
On a smartphone market that is dominated mostly by Android, followed by iOS devices, a new competitor tries to face up the competition. I'm talking about Ubuntu OS for smartphones and tablets, also known as Ubuntu Touch,  developed by Canonical (the same organization that has developed Ubuntu). The new operating system from Canonical will hit stores at the end of 2013, and for the time being the guys from Canonical released their OS only for Google Nexus devices, and presented a demo at MWC Barcelona Congress.

So what's the big fuss about?

Launched by an organization that has a vast experience with operating systems, Ubuntu OS for smartphones stands a good chance to make a difference on the smartphone and tablets market. But let's see what are the requirements in order to run Ubuntu (note that most of them are similar with the existing operating systems for smartphones and tablets):

* Entry level Ubuntu smartphone
  - 1Ghz Cortex A9
  - 512MB – 1GB
  - 4-8GB eMMC + SD
  - Multitouch

* High-end Ubuntu "superphone"
  - Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom
  - Min 1GB
  - Min 32GB eMMC + SD
  - Multitouch

As a tester, I'm always very curious about new OS'es, so I've decided to take a look at the new operating system and watched the demo presented at the MWC Barcelona. The demo shows a Samsung Galaxy Nexus device that runs Ubuntu Touch, and as I own this device :)  I've payed extra attention to the presentation and I've already started to think about installing Ubuntu. So here go some of my impressions:

* Navigation: the Canonical team has decided to not follow the same trend as other operating systems and use navigation dedicated controls and a tree structure for menus, so they've implemented the sideways navigation: side and up controls along with a well structured data on the home screen is just what the user needs (thumbs up for Canonical team ... :) ).

Again another thumbs up :) for Canonical Team for developing a great search control right on the home phone screen. For a smartphone user that is addicted to speed (just like me ^_^) this really makes the difference. I'm no longer forced to start looking through various menus, everything is right there: you just have to "shout" what you need using the search control, and Ubuntu will figure out what to look for and where to look.

If you're still curious about Ubuntu OS for smartphones and want to find out more about its features, then stay tuned for Part 2! :)

Also read:

Android 4.0: the Google delight
Android 3.0 Honeycomb: ready to conquer the tablet market

Tags: OS  smartphone  Ubuntu 


App Development Company commented on 8/7/2013 7:03:53 PM

I think it may have threatened to the Android but Android are trying to make their system very influence and helpful to the people.


Adrian commented on 8/21/2013 9:07:23 AM

You are right, Google works hard to improve their Android OS, and their market share proves that users are not going to switch from it very soon.

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