News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
You are here: Home / Mobile Tech / Ubuntu Phone Preview Due Feb. 21
Is your endpoint data protected?
Ubuntu for Smartphone Developer Preview Due Feb. 21
Ubuntu for Smartphone Developer Preview Due Feb. 21
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
FEBRUARY
15
2013



With Android and iOS accounting for the vast majority of smartphones, there's still room for a third platform. BlackBerry and Windows Phone are fighting for that position, but a wild-card entry -- the open source Ubuntu platform -- is scheduled for release Thursday, Feb. 21, in the form of source code and images for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones.

The first Ubuntu phone is expected to be released in October. This Touch Developer Preview from the London-based Canonical is intended as a way to familiarize developers and enthusiasts with the platform, in order to encourage interest and app development. In addition, Canonical has said that "developers who have experience bringing up phone environments will find it relatively easy to port Ubuntu to current handsets."

Aside from being open source, which BlackBerry and Windows Phone are not, Ubuntu is intended to accomplish what has so far remained an unrealized Holy Grail -- the same basic operating system for the range of personal computing devices, including smartphone, laptop or desktop computer, tablet, and even TV.

'True Convergence'

Canonical has said that mobile Ubuntu will permit "true convergence between devices," with the same code delivering a format-specific experience for the device on which it is installed without a need for cross-compiling. When an Ubuntu-equipped smartphone is docked with a monitor, keyboard and mouse, the smartphone acts as an Ubuntu-based PC and a thin client.

Canonical has already published App Design Guides for a range of platforms and a Preview SDK, with a variety of documented templates so that native apps can be relatively quickly created. Additionally, Ubuntu is designed to treat native and HTML5 applications equally, with equal access to device functions.

In addition to the attempt at a unified platform with different interfaces for different devices, Canonical is also attempting to streamline the smartphone interface, the software development process and other aspects of the smartphone ecosystem.

Four Edges

For instance, the four edges of the Ubuntu for smartphones' interface hide specific functions, such as favorite apps, under the left edge and a search function under the top. The functions, and all controls for apps, are only displayed when needed, maximizing the limited smartphone screen space for the app or feature. In addition, all apps feature voice commands and have automatic backups to a personal cloud.

Canonical is following a path that was almost blazed by Motorola, whose Atrix smartphone ran an OS called Webtop and was designed to act, when docked, as the brains of a desktop computer.

But that experiment, while praised by the press for its integrated vision of component computing, never caught on, and the main mobile operating systems -- Apple's iOS, Google's Android, Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows RT, and the new BlackBerry 10 -- still maintain OS versions that are not as uniform across devices as Canonical is attempting.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
AdvertisementToday's CIO needs to adopt an "Everyone's IT" approach to leadership, embracing technology to increase enterprise agility & collaboration. View the free Gartner research report to learn how to adapt your IT leadership style to today's business standards.
MORE IN MOBILE TECH
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
iWatch Watch: What Will Apple Ask Us To Wear?
There are still more questions than answers when it comes to details about the smart watch Apple seems poised to debut on Sept. 9. In fact, nobody seems completely sure that it will be a smart watch at all.
 
Google Successfully Tests Its Own Delivery Drone
While top technology companies are engaged in an "arms race" to develop drones that can quickly deliver goods to anyone anywhere, Google has revealed it successfully tested its own version.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.