Ubuntu for smartphones Review – Canonical’s Linux distro on a phone




Let’s face it, Ubuntu for smartphones seemed a long time the Duke Nukem Forever of the smartphone world. The first plans for 2007 to release Ubuntu for smartphones, date from the spring, prior to the release of the first iPhone, and before the announcement of Android.

Mobile version which then was not there, but developers found it a sport to port Ubuntu to smartphones. The Samsung Omnia Windows Mobile for example, was Ubuntu firmware. The Xperia X1 from Sony Ericsson too. And of course there is a working Ubuntu release to tweak the two most standard smartphones to date, the Nokia N900 and HTC HD2.

Upon an existing smartphone hacked editions of Ubuntu are of course nice, but Canonical also had big plans. In 2012 there was an intermediate stage in the form of Ubuntu for Android, but even then let Canonical hinted that this was no more than an interim solution.

In 2013 the time had come; Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu for smartphones. In that year, a remarkable project; Canonical wanted to collect tens of millions of euros through IndieGoGo to create your own Ubuntu Edge smartphone. The project proved anything too ambitious.

The development of Ubuntu for smartphones continued and was now Canonical partnerships with bq in Europe and in China Meizu for making smartphones. The first models appeared so this summer. The Spanish manufacturer bq built its Android smartphone Aquaris E4.5 to an Ubuntu edition; Meizu did the same with his MX4.

So it was a long way before finally appeared Ubuntu on smartphones. Meanwhile the day. How often do you get the chance to try a new operating system for smartphones for the first time? The editors of Tweakers are we if we are enthusiastic about new developments and geeks, most of us have the MX4 with Ubuntu at least as firm had during the review period. The enthusiasm for the mobile version of Ubuntu is so, but how does it work in practice?

Thanks tweaker ratmats Ubuntu for phones we could try out a few weeks. Thank ratmats!


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