The Ubuntu countdown had nothing to do with HTC but at least sparked some good speculation. Canonical has announced that a tablet OS is also on the way. Most likely to hit in early 2014. Developers will have the chance to start playing with the tablet version of Ubuntu on either the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 starting this Thursday, February 21st when they also open up the developer preview of their smartphone OS.
Below is a video of Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical who goes into great detail of what Ubuntu will have to offer.
Ubuntu is a company that is gearing up to release their very own smartphone OS come October. They’re even set for a developer preview of the OS in three days. The only piece of the puzzle that was missing was a tablet. According to Ubuntu’s homepage, they also have a tablet in store for us tomorrow.
If you head to Ubuntu’s web page you will see: Tick, tock, tablet time! with a timer counting down from hours until their announcement tomorrow.
Now, also tomorrow is HTC’s event with CEO, Peter Chou in New York City. I don’t know about you, but both companies with the same countdown heading into tomorrow raises a flag. We know Ubuntu is currently able to run on the Galaxy Nexus 4, but no device manufactures for the OS were given.
HTC has also posted on their Instagram account, a picture of what appears to be smartphones and tablets covered. Could one of those be an HTC tablet running Ubuntu? Does this mean HTC could be the first official company to run Ubuntu?
Check back tomorrow morning, starting at 10AM EST to find out.
The fast moving smartphone OS Ubuntu that we discussed last week, is once again n the news. They are ready to start developer previews of the OS. All you need is a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 to give Ubuntu a try. If you happen to be attending Mobile World Congress you can stop by Ubuntu’s booth and they will flash the device for you.
We are very excited and plan on flashing a Galaxy Nexus on the 21st. You can find out more about the OS via this link or from the video below.
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.