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Ubuntu OS Phones To Be Shown At CES Las Vegas 2013
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msg:4532556
 6:15 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

The Ubuntu operating system has been adapted to run on smartphones.

The Linux-based software will allow users to run desktop apps on their handsets, allowing them to double for PCs when docked to monitors.

The code will initially be released as a file which can be installed on Google's Nexus 3 phones to replace Android.

Ubuntu OS Phones To Be Shown At CES Las Vegas 2013 [bbc.co.uk]
Phones running the software will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.


 

brotherhood of LAN




msg:4532630
 9:18 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

This is trending on twitter just now.

20 minute video on Ubuntu's site: [ubuntu.com...]

incrediBILL




msg:4532944
 6:57 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

for the first time in history you have the full consumer PC platform available on a phone

I thought that's what Windows 8 was supposed to do? ;)

Considering I'm an Android user ATM, and unlikely to change unless Win 8 proves to be a killer innovation (not holding breath) this Ubuntu path seems more likely for me.

They already have Firefox for mobile devices so I wonder how long it'll take the OpenOffice team to make a version that's designed to be usable on the phone sized screen?

I've said for years the multiple mobile device strategy was whacked and using the phone as the core CPU and storage with docking options (cabled or wireless) was the way to go and now here it is. I think you'll eventually see the car, tablet and possibly even the desktop no longer synch with the phone, but use the phone as either the core computer or just your personal HD unit which can already be accomplished by USB.

Think about travelers, you need GPS and your music in every car and synching to the car is silly as I've been down that path and didn't like it much. Plus, I prefer Google navigation over all the others and dislike learning a new GPS so I already use the one in the phone only. However, just docking with a display terminal in the car and using the larger display on the dash would be cool. Likewise, hotels could provide a large monitor, keyboard and mouse or a laptop unit that would dock with a phone, thus eliminating the need to drag a larger device along when you travel.

Tonearm




msg:4533018
 9:42 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

Finally. :)

mack




msg:4533664
 5:07 am on Jan 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

incrediBill, I hear ya about Open Office, although I think LibraOffice (a fork of OO) is more likely to be ported to mobile.

I remember about 6 years ago my Windows Mobile 5 handset had Mobile Office, and to be honest it was a great piece of software. Today on an Android phone (factory setup) its not even possible to create a simple text document.

Mack.

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