Mobile Version of Ubuntu Announced
Arrives Sometime in Early 2014
Canonical today unveiled the mobile version of Ubuntu, which should start appearing on smartphones sometime in early 2014. According to the platform's website
, the mobile version of Ubuntu utilizes the Android kernel and drivers, but won't use Java Virtual Machine, will be open source, run native apps, and will be targeted toward everything from the low-end phone market to the high-end tinkering set. In a virtual keynote
, founder Mark Shuttleworth insisted they're targeting the platform at all devices.
"We deeply believe all these different types of computing - phones, tablets, PCs, smart TVs, servers, cloud, supercomputers - can in fact run off one common platform," said Shuttleworth. "You’ll see a beautiful reflection of yourself, a visualization of your life crafted by an artist, ever-changing, totally personal, and completely unique, just like you," pitched Shuttleworth during the presentation.
Granted before Ubunto and Canonical can make any kind of splash in the Android and iOS dominated market, they'll need hardware vendor support. Yet they've not announced a single hardware partner, and their long-term launch target data has many wondering if the platform will ever really materialize at all. More than a few are comparing the announcement to Palm's webOS unveiling at CES in 2009.
Still, this week's announcement seems to be generating plenty of conversation about what's truly possible on a mobile platform and what's missing from current leading platforms.