Is there room for another smartphone OS? Ubuntu seems to think so. The company behind Ubuntu is bringing its Linux distribution to handsets. The OS has a few interesting hooks, including a gesture-centric interface that looks pretty slick. Most of the UI’s functions are controlled by swiping in from various edges of the screen. Application controls and notification areas are hidden beyond the upper and lower edges, leaving more real estate available for content and other information. The edge gestures remind me a little bit of Windows 8 in a good way and they look like a nice fit for handheld devices.
Touch won’t be the only form of input supported by the OS. Voice recognition seems to factor heavily into their plans, and users should be able to ask apps to perform various functions. Speaking of apps, they are hyping the fact that Ubuntu for smartphones uses the same web application framework as the desktop version of the OS. Web apps are treated like standalone applications and have access to the same system functions, such as the status icons, notifications, and the like. IT folks will surely appreciate the fact that Ubuntu equipped smartphones can be managed using the same tools designed for the desktop.
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