The second target area is what Ubuntu calls the 'superphone', and it's this section of the market that is perhaps most innovative and exciting. Shuttleworth explained that the top-end smart phones (quad-core processor, 1-2GB of RAM) will be able to run as a regular phone, then dock with a screen and keyboard, acting as a desktop computer and providing a unified experience across both. The phone essentially becomes a single brain powering multiple devices. For any professional who regularly has to jump between offices, plugging laptops into different screens each time they sit down this could be a valuable proposition. Rather than dragging multiple devices around all day, all your work files, contacts and app data can be stored on just your phone.
It's zizo bolt iphone x tough case & screen protector - red / black reviews a potentially handy tool and something that isn't offered by its Android, iOS or Windows Phone 8 rivals, all of which use separate phone and desktop interfaces and, crucially, separate apps, Getting Ubuntu onto your phone, however, isn't a simple case of downloading and installing as it is with the desktop version, It requires specific software to work with each individual phone, which means getting manufacturers and phone networks on board, Sadly, Mark Shuttleworth admitted that there is so far "no launch commitment" from any manufacturer or network..
At the moment, the only phone that will be able to use Ubuntu mobile is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus -- a far step in terms of power from the 'superphone' section Ubuntu has its sights on. It will be possible to install Ubuntu onto existing phones, but it will require a considerable amount of tweaking to make it run on each model. Shuttleworth explained, "Where it's straightforward, we will."While Ubuntu has worked with PC manufacturers such as Dell and Asus to have its software pre-installed on machines to sell in stores, working with phones is a different beast altogether. Not only does each phone require different software, but variations of the same device (3G or 4G, or regional variations) will require specific software changes.
It's a big task and it's part of the reason that Android software updates always take so long in turning up -- the software has to be adjusted and rewritten so many times, Ubuntu is going to have a serious challenge on its hands convincing both manufacturers and phone networks to launch phones with the software preinstalled, Without such a commitment, the 'superphone' area Ubuntu is hoping to develop simply won't exist, The first available download of Ubuntu zizo bolt iphone x tough case & screen protector - red / black reviews mobile is scheduled to launch in the next couple of weeks, You'll only be able to install it on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus so if you're keen to give it a try it then head over to Amazon and grab a SIM-free handset..
Shuttleworth hopes to have Ubuntu pre-installed on handsets towards the end of this year or in early 2014, so there's quite a long wait to see exactly how the software will run on the elite phones. Ubuntu's mobile interface is neat and attractive. Its proposition of squeezing a decent performance out of more modest components is welcome and the 'superphone' plan of having a single device acting as both phone and computer is undeniably exciting. Sadly, it doesn't offer enough over Android or iOS to tempt users to switch, and without the users, it'll be tough to convince manufacturers to install it as standard on high-end phones.
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