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One of the most popular Linux desktop operating system distributives has been adapted for smartphones. Very soon we will see a new powerful force at the mobile market in the form of Ubuntu Mobile created by Canonical which will “perform well even on less powerful gadgets”.

In terms of architecture Ubuntu operating system reminds of Android OS. At the heart of Ubuntu Mobile is Linux kernel, but virtual machine Dalvik won’t be used. Apart from that, Canonical assures smartphones manufacturers that the system will be able to cooperate well with the existing kernels and drivers for popular systems-on-crystal, which are used in Android devices. It will help to get rid of long work on the special adaptation of a new operating system for specific processors.
Ubuntu Mobile actively uses sweeping gesture in the interface, the same gestures helps you to navigate through the system. But the developers have to admit that the platform’s weak point will be ecosystem. At the beginning the OS will be supplied with only 5 standard applications, including Facebook, Google Maps, Gmail and Spotify. The most difficult task at the initial stage will be to convince users to prefer new Ubuntu Mobile to more popular and well-known OSes like iOS, Android, or Windows Phone.

Canonical has made the main emphasis on HTML5 programs which are very easy to transfer from other platforms. And these applications can cooperate with system services of a device via special API. But Ubuntu is not limited with HTML5. For more complex applications and games that actively use smartphone’s resources Ubuntu offers the possibility of C/C++ development and full-fledged use of OpenGL. The company also points out that Ubuntu on a smartphone and on a PC isactually the same, so the app written in its own code can work on both versions of operating system with different interfaces.

Minimal system requirements for mobile Ubuntu are single-core Cortex A9 1GHz processor, 512 Mb of RAM, 4-8 Gb of built-in memory. If you connect your smartphone to a monitor your mobile device can turn into a desktop system. But the requirements for such devices are higher: quad-core Cortex A9 or Intel Atom processor, more than 1 Gb of RAM, 32 Gb of flash memory and SD cards support. The release of the first communicator that runs under Ubuntu is expected to be at the beginning of 2014. According to the announcement on the official site, the operating system will be ready for release at the end of the current year.

Author’s bio: Eugene Rudenko is a copywriter for IT companyIntellectsoft (to visit company’s site click on the). The company specializes in Android, iOS, Blackberry and WP development.


justinthomsony said... June 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Well, I also heard about that Ubuntu Smartphones are coming. It will be more challenging to iphone and Android. The exclusive source is really terrific about it. The massive conception is really looking powerful to know about it. It's authentically one of well written post.
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