Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled by Canonical
Ubuntu phone has been unveiled by Mark Shuttleworth in London, on Jan 2 ,2013
Calling the product launch a “significant next step in our history”, Shuttleworth demoed the device and spoke of Canonical’s plans for taking the device to an already saturated mobile market.
Naturally neat and organised
We bring the world to your fingertips, and organise it all beautifully. Swipe from the home screen to filter your searches to apps, people, music and so on. Swipe from the top to see your incoming messages. Everything is stylish, elegant and crisp.
Everything you expect in a phone
Ubuntu includes native applications covering all the essentials you expect in a phone: telephony and voicemail, SMS and MMS, email, web browsing, photography, music and video
Customise to your needs
Operators have room to enhance Ubuntu with their own services, content, apps and branding without breaking compatibility with the broader Ubuntu app ecosystem. Canonical engages with OEMs and operators to enable them to ship phones with custom capabilities, or offer exclusive items for their audience.
Content can be surfaced in the home screen and search, apps can be pre-installed and there are ample opportunities for branding the device. With an extensible cloud framework on every Ubuntu device, you can deliver custom services to your audience that fit neatly into a global cloud ecosystem.
A truly global solution
Ubuntu is already used in over 70 countries and has been translated into over 40 languages. With 20 million desktop users around the world, it is both an established platform and an established global brand.
Backed by Canonical
Canonical is the global software vendor that provides commercial and design support to the Ubuntu project. Today, our hardware enablement team supports the pre-installation of Ubuntu on millions of new PCs shipped worldwide, annually.
Thanks to Canonical’s relationships with its OEM partners, Ubuntu has an enormous retail presence in key emerging economies, with branded merchandising and trained retail staff in over 1,000 stores.
So what sort of guts does it take to run the phone OS? Or, to put it another way, how ‘lean’ is ‘lean’?
This is where things get interesting.
A “low end” Ubuntu Phone will require, at a minimum:
- Dual-core A9 ARM Processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB Flash Storage + SD
- 800×400 WVGA Screen
To run the phone with ‘convergence’ enabled (a fancy way of saying ‘you can dock it and it will run a full desktop) the requirements are a bit higher:
- Quad-core A9 ARM Processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 32GB Flash + SD
- Minimum of 720p screen resolution
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