Ubuntu, an operating system based on the Debian Linux distribution, and distributed as free and open source software, is coming to cell phones.
Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu project and the leading provider of support services for Ubuntu deployments in the enterprise, has unveiled an Ubuntu smartphone interface, that uses all four edges of the screen for a more immersive experience. The company says Ubuntu gives handset OEMs and mobile operators the ability to converge phone, PC and thin client into a single enterprise superphone.
Some of the features of the Ubuntu interface include:
- Edge magic: thumb gestures from all four edges of the screen enable users to find content and switch between apps faster than other phones.
- Deep content immersion – controls appear only when the user wants them.
- A global search for apps, content and products.
- Voice and text commands in any application
- Both native and Web or HTML5 apps
- Evolving personalised art on the welcome screen.
Ubuntu is aimed at two core mobile segments: the high-end superphone, and the entry-level basic smartphone, helping operators grow the use of data amongst consumers who typically use only the phone and messaging but who might embrace the use of web and email on their phone.