Ubuntu OS for smartphones and tablets gets official
Ubuntu OS for smartphones and tablets has been officially debuted, and the first devices will be here in 2014 —— should Google be worried?
Canonical confirmed its entry to the mobile space this week with an official launch and demo of Ubuntu OS for smartphone and tablets. Ubuntu OS joins the likes of Tizen and Firefox OS as platforms to watch out over the coming 12 months.
Ubuntu’s owner, Canonical, says the first handsets to carry the OS will be here by 2014. It did not name any hardware partners at the preview, however, although we have seen Ubuntu OS running on a Galaxy Nexus.
The plan with Ubuntu OS is to offer a seamless computing experience that runs across PC, tablet, smartphone, and TV.
‘We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client and phone functions,’ said Jane Silber CEO of Canonical.
She added: ‘Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux enterprise desktop, with customers in a wide range of sectors focused on security, cost and manageability.’
Canonical says that the platform will support high-end games from major publishers. Ubuntu OS will also run both web-based and native applications, which should make it rather attractive to developers.
Sounds pretty interesting, right? It does. But without any confirmed hardware partners, Canonical is already at a serious disadvantage to two of its key competitors Firefox OS, which has support from ZTE, and Tizen, which is being backed by part-owner, Samsung.
Check out the full video briefing below: