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Can Ubuntu OS for smartphones threaten the Android market share? - Part 2

Jul 05, 2013 by DanM

IUbuntu Touch smartphonesf in Part 1 you've got to know the new Ubuntu OS for smartphones, now I'm back with Part 2 of my review and I bring along more features of Ubuntu Touch and a conclusion :)

* Ubuntu Touch has drawn my attention with a simple design idea, but very useful in my opinion. More precisely, the guys from Canonical are using the entire display of the device, so there are no physical buttons.

With Android OS, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has the lower part of the display filled with navigation controls that have a black background, while the upper part of the screen is filled with a status bar and a search control. These controls are “eating” a portion of the display (how NOT cool is this... I’ve bought a device with a screen of 4.65 inch, but I’m not able to fully take advantage of it). Well, on Ubuntu OS for smartphones, these controls are not displayed and the user can choose if he wants to keep the display the status bar or hid it.

Well done guys... when I’ve bought the Samsung Galaxy Nexus I've made this choice because of its big display, but not being able to fully enjoy the entire screen of the device is thumbs down for Android and a well deserved thumbs up for Ubuntu.

* Another feature of Ubuntu Touch that I really liked is the power to adapt, more precisely when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Ubuntu is docked and connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, the operating system will act like an Ubuntu desktop.

Can Ubuntu OS for smartphones face competition?

Taking a look at today’s market, it seems pretty hard for Ubuntu to take a bite out of the market share. However, if the Canonical team will facilitate the application development and make it compatible with other applications (and also learn from the mistakes of Android, iOS and Windows Phone), there is still a chance for them. In order to rise above the ground, Canonical must have a strong relation with the device manufacturers, provide a good customer support and develop a stable and cool operating system.

Also, I think that they should build up an impressive application market in order to become very popular among users and encourage the developers to build applications for the operating system by providing frameworks and debugging tools.

Personally, I'm looking forward to the final release of the Ubuntu OS for smartphones and for sure I will install it onto my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. However, I'm afraid that, at the time of the launch, the operating system will not be "mature" (stable) enough, and I'll be forced to return to Android OS.

What about you guys? Are you ready for Ubuntu for smartphones and tablets? Are you willing to give Ubuntu Touch a chance?

Tags: OS  smartphone  Ubuntu 


Smartphone Online Store commented on 7/18/2013 5:47:42 AM

First, people traditionally always purchase android phones than on the Ubuntu, less people are using Ubuntu now, and maybe they should withstand first the "brand awareness".

App Development Company commented on 8/15/2013 9:53:57 AM

I don't think Ubuntu OS would be in race of smartphone. Anyway Android is making a lot of improvement in the development to make it easier to use it.


Adrian commented on 8/21/2013 9:11:39 AM

Maybe Ubuntu OS will not give a proper hit to the software giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft, but maybe there is room for it on the market...that remains to be seen.

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