Canonical Launches Ubuntu Smartphone Interface
Canonical announced a new smartphone interface for its Ubuntu operating system, bringing the OS to the phone to complement its presence on the desktop, server and cloud.In something of a departure from its traditional space, Canonical has announced a new smartphone interface for its popular operating system, Ubuntu. Canonical delivers a common OS for a series of platforms, including phone, server, cloud and more. Canonical officials said Ubuntu gives handset OEMs and mobile operators the ability to converge phone, PC and thin client into a single enterprise "superphone." Ubuntu is aimed at two core mobile segments: the high-end superphone and the entry-level basic smartphone. The goal is to help operators grow the use of data among consumers who typically use only the phone and messaging functions but who might embrace the Web and email on their phones. Ubuntu also appeals to aspirational "prosumers" who want a fresh experience with faster, richer performance on a lower bill-of-materials device, Canonical said. "We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client and phone functions. Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux enterprise desktop, with customers in a wide range of sectors focused on security, cost and manageability," Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, said in a statement. "We also see an opportunity in basic smartphones that are used for the phone, SMS [Short Message Service], Web and email, where Ubuntu outperforms, thanks to its native core apps and stylish presentation."
In addition, Canonical officials said Ubuntu offers several customization options for partner apps, content and services. Operators and OEMs can easily add their own branded offerings. Canonical's personal cloud service, Ubuntu One, provides storage and media services, file sharing and a secure transaction service, which enables partners to integrate their own service offerings easily, the company said.
- edge magic in which thumb gestures from all four edges of the screen enable users to find content and switch between apps faster than other phones;
- deep content immersion in which controls appear only when the user wants them;
- global search for apps, content and products;
- voice and text commands in any application for faster access to rich capabilities;
- both native and Web or HTML5 apps; and
- evolving personalized art on the welcome screen.