Ubuntu for Phones has been in the pipeline for well over a year now and rumours have been circling since Ubuntu told us all to save the date however today, Canonical announced that they would be bringing Ubuntu to phones as it’s own Operating System.
Now, the main point to note is that this is a Full Operating System just as Apple has iOS and Google has Android.
Of course this is not to be confused for Ubuntu for Android which is a virtualised offering which will still go ahead as a project expecting to hit us later this year.
If you’re looking to get your hands on a handset with Ubuntu for Phones then you will likely have to wait until it’s released in early 2014 on OEM handsets however if you can’t wait that long then Canonical have said that they will have a development platform will be available for the Galaxy Nexus over the next couple of weeks.
So what does this mean for the mobile industry and why is it such a big deal? Well in honesty I can’t say that I see it as being such a big deal, lets not forget that there are several mutations of Android out there and that whilst this mutation does not use JVM (Java Virtual Machine) it was built around the existing Android kernel and it will use the same drivers too.
One of the selling points of this platform however is that it is one platform for all types of device.
Now a lot of you could see this post as being rather negative towards the announcement however I want to stress that I am as much looking forward to trying this as anyone else and that my negativity is more geared towards people / companies jumping on the Android bandwagon and trying to make it their own.
Time will tell how this OS sells compared to the big fish though lets not forget that there are others still out there trying to do the very same thing with Bada and even to an extent MIUI.
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