Ubuntu One adds audio streaming

Ubuntu introduces cloud features for mobile phones

Ubuntu One adds audio streaming

Mark Shuttleworth’s Ubuntu Linux operating system is quickly moving from being a niche player in the market to an environment which caters for a broad range of users.

The release of Maverick Meerkat (Ubuntu 10.10) over the past weekend introduced a number of desktop improvements from better software management to significantly better audio tools. But, buried in the fairly extensive release notes for Maverick are a few smaller features that are of particular interest. Among these is a new cloud-based service for mobile devices, including those running Android, Windows and iOS.

With the release of Maverick, Canonical has extended the capabilities of Ubuntu One, its Dropbox-like service, to support operating systems other than Ubuntu. The service allows users to synchronise data across devices. Originally this was only available for Ubuntu users, but now is available for most users.

Windows support

One of the big changes to Ubuntu One is that Canonical is soon to release a beta Windows version of the client. The fact that Ubuntu One only supported Ubuntu systems has always been a drawback for users who need to switch between operating systems. In a cheeky bit of marketing, the Ubuntu One website says: “Recognising that many of us are sometimes forced to use legacy operating systems, Ubuntu One is coming to the rescue. You’re invited to beta test our new Windows client for syncing files”

Users will need to sign up for a basic Ubuntu One account to access the beta version.

Streaming audio and Ubuntu One Mobile

Canonical has also introduced Ubuntu One Mobile, an Ubuntu One application that runs on Android-based phones as well as Apple’s iPhones. Users can synchronise their music with their Ubuntu One account and then have access to it via their mobile phone. The stored audio can be streamed to any supported mobile phone.

The mobile client includes a built-in audio player, the option to cache songs for listening offline and full song browsing features. The service is not free, however, and costs $3.99 a month or $39 a year.

Ubuntu One adds audio streaming << Comments and views

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you have a new Smart ID card?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Best answers from “Ask Accommodation Direct CEO Rupert Bryant Anything”

Rupert Bryant

Accommodation Direct CEO Rupert Bryant recently answered questions from the MyBroadband community – here are the best questions and answers from the discussion.

Rand dips below R14 to the US dollar

South African Rand Money Coin

The rand has dipped below R14 to the US dollar for the first time since November 2015.

Awesome tech specials and gadget deals

Sale Deals

This weekend you can save money on a wide range of gadgets from Makro, Incredible Connection, Game, and Dion Wired.

Schoolboy invents “cellphone” that doesn’t use airtime

Spectrum signal tower

A Grade 12 learner in Namibia’s Ohagwena Region has invented a sim-less mobile phone that does not require airtime to make calls.

Free MyBroadband Newsletter
×