Hands On: Ubuntu OS For Smarthones
Canonical had an early build of its Ubuntu Linux smartphone operating system at CES and we took a look. It has a clean and fast user interface, though its chances in the market are questionable.
Canonical announced its Linux smartphone platform last week. The new operating system is as powerful as Ubuntu's desktop version of Linux, and looks similar in terms of the user interface. We spent a few moments using it with one of Canonical's product reps and came away impressed with the design and speed of the operating system.
The software was being demoed on a modded Galaxy Nexus from Samsung. In this case, the hardware doesn't matter at all. The platform is being made available to carriers and hardware makers by itself, similar to the way Google offers Android for free. Canonical hopes it can spur adoption of its platform by giving it away for free, too. Here is a look at it in pictures and video.
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