Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu linux Distro, has announced Ubuntu for phones. Ubuntu for phones seems to use the same Linux kernel that powers the desktop version of ubuntu, but with a touch based UI optimized for mobile phones and tablets.
The major benefit of Ubuntu for Phones is that you will be able to run the same apps on both the Desktop and Phone versions of Ubuntu. App developers don’t even need to compile a separate version from each platform. This interoperability between each version of Ubuntu will surely continue to Ubuntu for TV’s and Automobiles.
Not only will this phone run the same apps as the Ubuntu Desktop distro, but it can function as a desktop as well. Canonical has stated that they would like Ubuntu phones to dock to standard a keyboard, mouse and monitor a la the Motorola Atrix. Docking the phone will allow users to use the phone as a thin client or to run the standard Ubuntu Unity desktop UI, essentially giving users a full featured PC in their pocket.
Canonical has stated that Ubuntu phones will not available until 2014, but in the mean time any phone that runs Android will do. Ubuntu for Phones uses the same drivers as the Android platform allowing users to easily run Ubuntu on their current phones. Not only will Ubuntu run on Android phones, but its only a matter of time until you can run Android apps as well.
One major advantage that Ubuntu for phones seems to have is that native apps will not rely on Java for its apps like Android does, instead apps will run on native code. Because Java has so much overhead this should mean better performance out of the same hardware that a Android uses.
In a crowded mobile OS world it’s hard to be optimistic about a new mobile OS, but Ubuntu seems to have a well formulated game plan to take on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices. Ubuntu for Phones looks to be gunning for the coveted #3 spot in the mobile OS world, and may be an a position to become #1 in the future. It looks like 2013 is shaping up to be and intresting year for mobile phone users.
Uses the same device drivers as Android
Can run on any device that runs Android
The phone becomes a full PC and thin client when docked
Docked phones can feature standard desktop Unity UI
Flow naturally from app to app with edge magic
Native or HTML5 based apps
Apps will work on both Ubuntu Desktop and for Phone without recompiling
User’s of the HP Touch pad may have noticed that the latest version of the Chrome browser crashes when loading unless your Touchpad is in 160 dpi mode. This isn’t an issue with Cyanogenmod, but with Google Chrome after version 18.0.1025308.
The workaround is as simple as downloading an older version of Chrome for Android until this issue is resolved. You can download the last know working version at here.
Once you have downloaded the APK run it to install the older version of Chrome over your current version of Chrome. Note: If you haven’t already done so enable installation of APK from unknown sources by going to “Settings>Security” and checking “Unknown Sources” option.
Important: After installing the working version of Chrome you must uncheck the automatic update of the Chrome app, or it will be auto updated to the latest non-working version.
XBMC 12.0 “Frodo” Beta 1 has been released to the public, and with it bringing features that many have been waiting years for. This major update brings with it support for Android, Raspberry Pi and Live TV/PVR support.
HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine
Live TV and PVR support
h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types
The camera driver is still the original Android 2.3 gingerbread driver, but uses a wrapper making it compatible with the Android 4.0 kernel. This is great news for everyone that refuses to move on from their $149 fire sale WebOS tablets such as myself.
The Cyanogenmod team lost control of there .com domain over when a team member was confronted for impersonating another for personal gain. The Cyanogenmod team refused to identify the former team member out of respect for his personal well being and future career. According to the blog post a former unnamed team member had control of the .com domain and demanded a $10,000 ransom in return. The Cyanogenmod team refused to pay the ransom, but instead began using Cyanogenmod.org as their primary domain.
The Cyanogenmod team successfully talked down the individual in question. The ex-team member agreed to retain control of the .com domain, but instead 301 redirect it to their new .org domain name. The Cyanogenmod team is insisting that there be no retaliation toward the ex-team member because of his actions.
Kudos to the Cyanogenmod team for their cool heads in such a outrageous situation. They have stated they learned their lesson and will restructure the team to prevent one person from having full control of any one asset. In addition they advised the members on the Cyanogenmod community to not take any action toward the ex-team member, as they are pursuing all legal avenues to regain control of all their domain and email systems.