Mark Shuttleworth punts Ubuntu Phone OS at CES 2013

Canonical CEO, Mark Shuttleworth, discusses Ubuntu for Android and the full Ubuntu Phone OS convergence experience.

January 12, 2013
Ubuntu for Phones

South African millionaire and Canonical boss, Mark Shuttleworth, announced during a “virtual keynote” on 2 January 2013 that a version of the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system (OS) would be coming to smartphones.

Shuttleworth showed off the mobile OS, which incorporates many features of existing platforms while making them its own.

In a recent video interview with MobileIndustryReview, conducted at CES 2013, Shuttleworth said that Canonical is “engaged with a variety of silicon partners” to ensure that Ubuntu can soon ship on phones currently being planned – especially those with the Android operating system in mind.

According to Shuttleworth, within 6 to 12 months the Ubuntu Phone OS could ship as the core operating system on devices.

Shuttleworth explained that some of the core elements of Ubuntu have been reworked around existing Android drivers, illustrating the compatibility with the base Linux infrastructure of the Android OS.

This means that high-end Android devices can soon make use of Ubuntu for Android (not to be confused with the full Ubuntu Phone OS), which is an upcoming free and open source variant of Ubuntu designed to run on Android phones. Both Android and Ubuntu will run at the same time on the device.

Shuttleworth described this as a convergence product that brings the Ubuntu desktop experience onto Android devices.

Shuttleworth went on to discuss different categories of smartphones, from entry-level consumer devices to enterprise-grade systems, and how Ubuntu Phone OS fits into the market.

Shuttleworth also gave his own hands-on demonstration of the Ubuntu Phone OS in action on what appears to be a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

He also touched on the convergence of devices, explaining how a single device can scale the Ubuntu desktop experience to power a tablet PC, a desktop environment, and act as a media centre and TV.

More Ubuntu Phone OS news

Ubuntu for Phones eyes-on

Ubuntu for phones announced

Global tech news publications respond to Ubuntu for Phones

Tags: CES2013, Headline, Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu, Ubuntu for Phones

Free Email Newsletter:
Subscribe

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – technology images can be found here

Join the conversation

Connect with MyBB

twitterfacebookandroidappleblackberrynewsletterfeed

Poll

Will you subscribe to Telkom’s 100Mbps fibre service if it is available in your area?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

ISPs to clamp down on torrenting

BitTorrent binary with sine graph

Uncapped ADSL users should expect even tighter restrictions on torrenting in the future, some ISPs have warned

Sanral won’t present to e-toll panel

E-toll panel

The SA National Roads Agency Limited will not make representations to the advisory panel on e-tolls and their socio-economic impact, it said on Tuesday

Nathi Mthethwa does not have Facebook

Facebook

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday distanced himself from a Facebook profile purporting to be him

Telkom home fibre priced as premium service

IT Money

While no specific pricing is yet available for home fibre, Telkom’s chief operating officer has given some indication of what to expect

Free MyBroadband Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)