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    Default Ubuntu to join the crowded mobile OS market.



    Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS have dominated the mobile space for quite some time now, but the third place spot is still up for grabs. Both RIM and Microsoft are currently vying for the spot, and we’ve heard that Amazon and Mozilla will soon be joining the race.

    Today, we’re adding another name to the list: Ubuntu. On Wednesday Canonical offered up details regarding its new Ubuntu mobile OS, an Android-based operating system that it says is more immersive, less cluttered, and easier to navigate than its Google counterpart…



    Admittedly, the video looks and sounds vaguely familiar, with Canonical’s founder using words like “magical” to describe Ubuntu against a white backdrop. That being said, the OS looks great — for a working a concept, that is — and it definitely seems like it has potential.

    In addition to its good looks, Ubuntu is also being pitched as a mobile OS that’s powerful enough to function as a PC — it can hook up to peripherals like a keyboard and mouse, and work just like a desktop. There’s already stuff like this out there, but it’s still noteworthy.

    Of course, as neat as it all looks, Canonical is fighting a seemingly impossible battle. Microsoft, despite spending hundreds of millions, hasn’t gained much traction with Windows Phone in its 3 years, and RIM is still in the mix. Plus, Ubuntu phones won’t start shipping until 2014.

    But what’s most interesting to me here is that like Amazon’s Kindle Fire, this is a forked version of Android — meaning that it doesn’t have to use Google’s Search, Play or other services — otherwise known as the stuff it makes money off of. And that’s actually a pretty big deal.

    You see, the more popular these forks become, the less successful Android will be for Google, regardless of marketshare. For example, Samsung and HTC could both create their own versions of Android, using their own content ecosystems, and Google couldn’t do anything about it.

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    I really want one of these!

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    ^you know it good when that happens

    I've been looking more and more into linux, and this isnt a bad concept at all. I'll bet that someone will port this as a rom for android phones, which is good since android will probably always have the best specs, and you get the simplicity, customization, and speed of linux.

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    linux is free why cant the phones be free

    and for the record

    Ubuntu = Linux

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay10 View Post
    Android is Linux, ubuntu isn't the only one.
    derp my bad, i actually just read that on wiki after i posted.

    still, it'll probably be more customizable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Distortion View Post
    linux is free why cant the phones be free

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    Ubuntu = Linux
    The same reason that computers aren't free.

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    Default Re: Ubuntu to join the crowded mobile OS market.

    Quote Originally Posted by Distortion View Post
    linux is free why cant the phones be free

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    Ubuntu = Linux
    Same reason web servers aren't free either, you are paying for the hardware.

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    That actually sounds really cool...the only problem i see with this is that i dont think it will gain much traction in the mainstream market.

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    Yeah but Linux isn't really about garnering a huge market share. It's always been about providing a platform different than the available ones that's free and open source, allowing anyone to change it. Android's already adopted the open source portion, but it's still interesting. A lot of the Linux fanboys will jump on this, I'm sure (not to say that there aren't real Linux power users, don't mistake me).

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