Galaxy Nexus opts Ubuntu phone OS in February 2013
New Delhi, India, January 08, 2013: Ubuntu phone operating system would be coming for Galaxy Nexus handset by the end of February 2013. OMG Ubuntu reported engineering manager, Alan Pope as saying that a downloadable image of Ubuntu phone operating system would be availble for the device.
The power of touch finally comes to one of the most popular Linux distributions- Ubuntu. Canonical’s new development will now allow Linux fans worldwide to operate Ubuntu Linux from their smartphones. But users will have to wait till 2014 to get their hands on the first Ubuntu based smartphone. Meanwhile, if you cannot wait to power your smartphone with Ubuntu, then try Ubuntu for Android.
So, how is the user interface of Ubuntu for phone operating system different? Unlike Android, Ubuntu Phone OS doesn’t include many screen buttons and depends mostly on edge swipes. According to the official website, “Your phone is more immersive, the screen is less cluttered, and you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic. The phone becomes a full PC and thin client when docked.”
For developers, Ubuntu Phone OS supports both native and web or HTML5 applications. Web apps are first class citizens on Ubuntu, with APIs that provide deep integration into the interface. “HTML5 apps written for other platforms can be adapted to Ubuntu with ease, and we’re targeting standard cross-platform web app development frameworks like PhoneGap to make Ubuntu ‘just work’ for apps that use them,” according to the official posting.
Thumb gestures from all four edges of the screen. This will enable users to find content and switch between apps easily.
More content and less controls. Controls appear only when the user wants them.
Gobal search for apps, content and products.
Native and web or HTML5 applications.
Quick access to emails, texts, calls and social media posts.