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As expected, Canonical has revealed the mystery that was “so close you could almost touch”, as many have assumed that this is Ubuntu Phone OS, or Ubuntu for smartphones that many expected since Unity is Unity.
Phone OS has several peculiarities: the core of the system is obviously Linux, but using Google’s work with Android , drivers included , with really important changes. The first, which is omitted Java Virtual Machine , which at first as native applications would enjoy better performance. At the same time, to daptar the Android applications to Ubuntu is, say, a breeze.
There’s more, is that Ubuntu OS Phone commitment to take advantage of the desktop technologies , as lenses or lenses , which In this new paradigm seem to charge a lot more interesting dimension. All, of course, following the line marked by Ubuntu style in recent years, including color scheme, but with a focus on gestural handling interface. Of course, not forgetting the approach that of Ubuntu for Android,
Phone OS will be displayed at CES 2013 next week, the same conference that last year showed Canonical Ubuntu TV. In contrast, the first smartphones not expected until 2014 , and there is talk of interest from companies such as HP, ASUS or Lenovo.
As developers, Canonical prepares SDK which, hopefully, will live up to expectations and not repeat the mistakes made by Android. In this respect some things are ahead, as the design basis, the application ecosystem, and other technical details (read the system requirements, etc.). The applications will be based on HTML5 , C / C + + and attention QML + OpenGL .
Anyway, a lot of information there to process, and the truth (personal opinion) is that it has taught Canonical promising for now . Recommends to anyone not already done so, do not miss any of the links above, because only with the images you will make your mouth water.
We leave you with the videos that have been published to accompany the announcement: that becomes the trailer presentation and exhibition of Mark Shuttleworth , you should not miss anybody because what is said is too much to repeat here (although everything will go reeling over time), but well worth it:
Finally, on a personal note: I returned ads like this one, if not confidence, if the enthusiasm for Ubuntu . Even with the differences of opinion that I have your position and that I do not sell everything they say, have someone of the caliber of Mark Shuttleworth in the ranks of Open Source is a whole lot.