Ubuntu a Linux-based OS (Operating System) that is used to run computers is now ready to make its way into the smartphone world. According to Mark Shuttleworth the founder and CEO of Canonical, Ubuntu will be available for customers in October of 2013. This is a date that has accelerated from the original first quarter 2014 estimates.
Developers will be able to start working on applications for the OS by the end of this month. As to which handsets the operating system will be running on hasn’t be confirmed, but developers will be able to start working with Ubuntu on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus in the mean time.
A Ubuntu smartphone will be a great extension of the office as it is literally running a computer OS on it. This allows for easy integration into existing corporate infrastructure and easier deployment by IT departments.
Shuttkeworth shared, “the operating system has drawn interest from carriers as well, many of which are eager to break up the smartphone market hegemony of Apple and Google.” Shuttleworth didn’t mention which carrier or manufactures would like to partner with Canonical.
A quote of the Ubuntu website gives us a glimpse at how easy deployment of this smartphone OS would be:
“With all-native core apps and no Java overhead, Ubuntu runs well on entry-level smartphones – yet it uses the same drivers as Android. So now it’s easy to bring a better experience to customers all over the world.” In other words we can run on Android devices even the ones left for the scrap pile.
Ubuntu, which is open source, could prove to be the best platform for developers and users. Apple has a strangle hold over application development and Google while being “open” is actually somewhat closed. Ubuntu could rule the market for people who want their devices to work the way they want without huge restrictions. But, with any device, carriers play a large role in what is allowed on their network and Canonical is going to have to play nice with carriers to get their products approved and marketed.