Android has become a champion in the smartphone OS universe. It has gradually gained a considerably huge market share owing to its open source nature, versatility and customizability. The closest competitor is iOS but it still lags behind in terms of market share and the sheer number of users that are currently using the Android platform. Other operating systems such as Windows, Blackberry, etc. are still lagging behind by a great margin and according to current statistics, we won’t be seeing these platforms beating Android any time soon.
What can companies do to take on Android’s dominance? The answer lies in one of the most popular Linux based operating system which has had good success on the desktop platform. Ubuntu has now given hopes to some smartphone manufacturers for coming out with a new line of phones that would be powered by this Linux based OS. While the exact implications of this OS for the mobile platform is not certain, it would certainly be interesting to see Ubuntu being brought onto a mobile device.
Ubuntu is a light operating system developed by Canonical Ltd, a UK based firm. The OS has always been provided as a free-of-cost product, similar to the Android OS by google. The attempt to make it compatible with the mobile platform is not a new one. The company had announced a mobile compatible version of the operating system back in the year 2013 when it tried to get it funded through crowdfunding. However, this attempt was deemed unsuccessful.
It was only later when the company partnered with mobile phone manufacturers BQ and Meizu, that the mobile variant seemed possible. The result of all of the hard work and the considerable efforts of all the concerned parties is being reaped today as Ubuntu mobile is finally on the verge of becoming a reality. The Ubuntu powered devices were showcased at the MWC 2015 where both BQ and Meizu showcased their Ubuntu based devices. However, BQ had already launched its device earlier, called the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition. This is an amazing 1.3 GHz quad-core smartphone with a4.5-inch qHD display and a 8MP camera. The best part about this phone is its price, which turns out to be approximately INR 12,000.
Meizu’s device sports an Octa Core MediaTek 6595 processor with a 5.36-inch 1920 x 1152 display and a 20-megapixel camera. The price for this device is still unknown but its features clearly indicate that it would be better than the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition. This comparison has been made in accordance with the current market preference and the performance of smartphones in general.
Although the Ubuntu platform would lack the apps that every mobile user prefers, the company has ensured that developers don’t face a tough time creating apps for the Ubuntu space. Ubuntu Mobile offers the facility of a categorized home screen, known as Scopes, which can be used to access contents from popular apps like Instagram and Soundcloud. This would reduce the burden from the developers as they would not have to go through a lot of efforts to code apps from scratch for the new OS.
The new OS has shown immense potential and if things are channelized in the right manner, it should be able to match up to Android (if not take it down). The true test of the OS’s worthiness would be checked only when the devices are brought out commercially in the market. Till then, don’t forget to share your views and opinions about the Ubuntu Mobile OS. Would you be willing to trade in your android smartphone for one that is powered by Ubuntu?
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