A few weeks ago, Canonical released the first look of Ubuntu for phones, and soon after released developer preview builds for the Nexus devices from Google. While the OS in itself is not yet ready for consumers, the preview build does show off the interesting gesture based UI that Canonical has come up with.
One of the highlights of Ubuntu for phones is the app launcher that comes up with a simple swipe from the left edge of the screen, allowing you to quickly launch an app from anywhere in the OS. A relatively new app in the Play Store – Glovebox (free) – aims to bring similar functionality to all Android devices out there. Here’s how to set it up.
So, you’ve upgraded to the LG Nexus 4 and you have an old Samsung Galaxy Nexus kicking around that you no longer have a use for. You could sell it — the device still does well on eBay, despite being more than a year old — or you could hold onto it until late February when you’ll be able to get your first taste of Canonical’s brand new Ubuntu platform for smartphones.
Announced at CES 2013 in Las Vegas this week, Ubuntu for smartphones is coming to do battle with Android and iOS, and its first image will be for the Galaxy Nexus.
LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – Ubuntu’s entry into the smartphone market is interesting, and at first gasp, they look like another open-source Android competitor doomed from the start for lack of marketshare. Maybe it’s not so bleak, though, for the Linux maker. Sure, they’re hopelessly outnumbered and entering a bloody fray, but like Battlestar Galactica’s Cylons, they’ve got a plan.
Move over Webtop, there’s a new player in town. That’s right, Ubuntu for Android is now a reality and will soon turn our smartphones into full desktop solutions. Once built in, users will be able to dock their phone and have Ubuntu load up and run concurrently with Android (since they share the same kernel). Once booted up you’ll have all the features of a full Ubuntu desktop experience such as: Chromium web browser, VLC Player, Thunderbird email client, and more. The hardware requirements for integration are pretty straight forward and could actually be implemented into devices already on the market. All that’s needed is: