Ubuntu Reveals One Linux OS for Phones, PCs, and TVs

Posted by at 11:46 am on January 3, 2013

Canonical today announced a new version of its Ubuntu Linux operating system for smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs. Ubuntu is one of the more popular desktop versions of Linux available, and the new version can work on both high-end and entry-level smartphones, as well as other computing devices.

According to Canonical, Ubuntu for smartphones uses all four edges of the phone’s display for unique, gesture-based actions. The user interface allows for fast app switching and hides control panels unless called upon by the user. Some of the features called out by Canonical include support for voice and text commands in most applications, support for both native and HTML5 apps, and support for highly customized and personal home screens. It uses the same drivers that Google’s Android does, but doesn’t incude the Java runtime for the user interface and applications. Canonical says this, along with its SDK, will make developing or porting apps for Ubuntu quick and easy. It supports both the ARM and x86 architectures, which covers a large portion of chipsets. Canonical’s ultimate vision sees the platform running on smartphones that are then docked into other devices for expanded functionality.

For example, the smartphone OS can serve as a full computer when docked with a keyboard, mouse, and larger display. Ubuntu is pitching the platform to smartphone, tablet, and PC makers, as well as mobile network operators as a fully converged and ready-to-go computing platform.

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