Ubuntu for Phones – First Look on Galaxy Nexus

Just a few hours ago, Ubuntu for phones was unveiled. The mobile industry is already crowded with iOS, Android, Windows Phone and many other operating systems for mobile devices, including some Linux-based OS. Now, Canonical has announced another one. It is Linux based, of course, which provides the same level of security we get in other versions of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu for Phones OS

Refreshing New Look

Ubuntu for smartphone’s user-interface is mainly focused on swipe, just like MeeGo (also based on Linux). Swiping from all the four edges performs different, predefined functions. For example, swipe from left to open frequently used apps or from right to switch to the recently used app in chronological order. By the way, there is no lock screen. It’s been replaced with a refreshing new “Welcome Screen”. Not much features of the OS is disclosed till now, but whatever we’ve seen so far – It does seem good enough to complete with the giants already in market.

Apparently, multitasking looks real advantage for the OS. It’s smooth, simple and fast. The home-screen is completely new, and not at all similar to Android or iOS devices. It shows frequently used apps, people you call very often, music, etc. by default, and it gets better with time depending on how you use your phone. There is a search box at the top of the screen (the part, which is popularly known as notification bar), along with other options to provide quick access to frequently used settings.

Ubuntu Phone OS on Galaxy Nexus – in Action

Apps in Ubuntu Phone OS

The heart of a smartphone these days is – Apps! And because of “apps” Windows Phone is still struggling to impress a large audience. Without apps and games, a smartphone is somewhere near “a little more than useless”. Again, Canonical did something unique to solve the problem to a great extent. HTML5 based web apps have access to notification system and works almost like any native app, except native apps are faster and better. It means that web based applications can send notifications, access system functions, etc. to work exactly like local app.

ubuntu apps

The best part is that it’s developed using the existing Android Kernels and Drivers. It might make the job of porting Ubuntu phone OS to Android devices hassle free. In fact, the first look was revealed on Android based Galaxy Nexus only. With the operating system, you also get the Ubuntu advantage, i.e. features exclusive to Ubuntu only. Ubuntu One personal cloud is one of such service, which is built-in in every app and backs up your photos and settings on the cloud, securely and safely. And there are absolutely no physical buttons required – it completely works with touch.

Stay tuned for more updates. As soon as we’ll get our hands-on an Ubuntu running mobile device, we’ll update you with more insights. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get notified instantly. We’ve also uploaded some photos below of Ubuntu phone OS in action.