Ubuntu has finally made its move into the smartphone market, with the new OS enabling smartphones to become a computing hub.
The open source mobile OS will let users run desktop apps via their handsets, allowing them to double up as PCs when hooked up to monitors. Despite the availability of Android, Blackberry, iOS and Firefox OS, the new service will prove stiff competition for rival smartphone OS providers.
Founder of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth, commented on what the software had to offer: "This is a hotly contested segment and we're very mindful of the calibre, scale and capacity of some of the incumbents in the phone market. But we think our vision is somewhat unique and we think we have some real advantages in reaching developers who are a key audience and a source of allies for us."
Set to make an appearance at the upcoming CES 2013 in Las Vegas next week, the smartphone UI will allow the user to become more engaged with their desktops and laptops. With more and more people using their smartphones as a universal source for their email, videos, photos, music etc, it's a smart move by Shuttleworth to encourage this multitasking culture.
"It's quite incredible that we're at this point when the power of the phone is crossing over that with baseline processing power of basic laptops," Shuttleworth added.
"We're taking advantage of that so for the first time in history you have the full consumer PC platform available on a phone.
"I'm very confident if we look ahead over the next three to five years that's a transition that Apple is going to have to make... and if it's not Windows 9 it will be Windows 10 that will see Microsoft bring its phone and laptop together into one device. It's really cracking to do that ahead of everyone else."
As the most popular OS to be based on the Linux Kernel - with its code permitting software and hardware to work together - Ubuntu is expected to revolutionise the smartphone industry. The question, though, is whether or not it will be accepted by a wider audience or be limited to Linux enthusiasts.
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