In a recent interview, a senior executive of Canonical said that initially, the Ubuntu smartphones will be pretty basic in terms of specifications and will not incorporate application store as we are accustomed in other platforms


One of the most important announcements in the beginning of this 2013 was the arrival of Ubuntu to smartphones. Canonical wants to incur in the growing world of mobile operating systems that have so far dominated Android and iOS, with Windows Phone and BlackBerry too far in the fight for third place.

And in this world dominated by Google and Apple, Ubuntu Phone appears as a very good option. The operating system is based on the current Android kernel and drivers but unlike this, it uses a Java Virtual Machine. In addition, Canonical announced that the platform will support both ARM and x86 processors, and the devices with Ubuntu OS will be sufficiently compatible so that Android phone makers may run them with minimal adaptation.

In an interview with Engadget, Richard Collins, product manager at Canonical, has given some clues about the strategy of the firm regarding Ubuntu Phone:

In relation to our launch strategy, the intention is not to have an app store full of apps for downloading. We have a very definite approach in regard to direct us to a very important part of the market where users are interested primarily in order to use a set of core applications.

Passing in clean what was said by Collins, seems, at least initially, we shall not see high-end Ubuntu smartphones and full of applications but the devices will have the basic software with the most important applications. As such one would think, “No problem, I will install Android applications in Ubuntu.” But unfortunately that will not be so simple. Canonical is prepared to assist developers to port their applications to Ubuntu but will not offer a magic tool that will allow Android apps to run immediately without adjustments in Ubuntu.

In this regard, Collins said:

Many Android developers already use Ubuntu as their desktop OS and have a great affinity with them. We try to encourage them to make their Android applications run on Ubuntu, but we will not design any middleware to run Android applications. Developers are smart and able to make their applications run on our devices. We have a currently active initiative to help them get directly.

Beyond these ads, are you excited to see the first smartphone with Ubuntu?

Esteban Cejas

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