My earlier blog posting Ubuntu Linux for Smartphones from 2011 reported Ubuntu Linux heads to smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs. Canonical plans to compete against Android, iOS and Windows on the smartphones.
Now Canonical has something to tell on smartphone sector: Canonical unveils Ubuntu phone OS that doubles as a “full PC”. Ubuntu now fits your phone. Canonical is now seeking OEMs: Who will build Ubuntu phones? Ubuntu phones are expected to be available at year 2014.
For more details go to Ubuntu for Phone page and view Canonical announces Ubuntu for smartphones, we go hands-on (video).
Ubuntu for Phone use technology from Android: core system is based around a typical Android Board Support Package (BSP) and it uses same drivers as Android. The system is designed to run native apps and lightweight HTML5 apps. All core applications are designed to run at full native speeds with a small memory footprint without overhead of a Java virtual machine. The system runs on ARM and Intel x86 architectures.
Entry level Ubuntu smartphone would use 1Ghz Cortex A9 ARM core with 512MB – 1GB of memory. That’s pretty normal for a decent today’s smartphone.
Ubuntu tries to pave the way for a new category of superphones, with a full PC desktop accessible just by docking the device to a monitor and keyboard. That category would use Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom processor with at least 1GB of memory. The idea is that high-end smartphones would have have a brain as powerful as ultra-light laptops.
Let’s see if this new mobile system finds it’s place on the mobile market place or not. It is a very hard place to push into at the moment because Android and iOS dominance. Even big players like Microsoft with huge resources have hard time in competing there.