Canonical has developed an Ubuntu mobile OS to compete worldwide.
The OS is very intriguing and honestly looks very significant.
Right off the bat when the device is turned own, the user is brought to a screen as shown on the middle phone in the picture below. This isn't called a "Lock Screen" but a "Welcome Screen". The circular shape in the middle indicates to the user all of the notifications. Now when the user swipes to the left of the screen, a toolbar slides in which is just like the desktop OS. From this toolbar the user can click on apps such as settings or Google Search; the user can also switch out apps and put apps that the user would like. The user can swipe right, up, and down to access more application pages, show in the two left and right cellular devices.
The OS is said to work much faster with native-built apps. So Ubuntu has published software, which can allow the user to develop he or she's on apps. Through the native built applications, the UI will be much smoother and will allow the device to multitask faster. The team will offer full development support for C++ or OpenGL, and claims that the apps will run faster because they is no "Java Overhead." Ubuntu has also stated that large gaming companies, such as Electronic Arts, has agreed to tweak their applications to run on Ubuntu Desktop and Mobile versions.
The notification bar is a standard drag down bar, which displays to the user all of the in-app notifications, messages, and emails. The bar also displays battery life and network reception, etc. Ubuntu also offers a cloud called UbuntuOne which saves all the users data from every app and saves it into the Cloud, such as music, pictures, etc.. The Cloud is very useful. The user can also speak right to the application and the application will respond by doing what the user asked it to do.
Ubuntu is currently developing the OS for multiple devices and states that every device will have its own variation of Ubuntu, which is unique to that device. But for the most part the OS will be very similar to what I have described. Ubuntu predicts that the first device to receive this mobile OS will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Ubuntu will be selling these devices separately and will distribute the code freely just like the Android OS. The Ubuntu devices will be on the market by 2014. These devices are highly recommended for application and program software developers.
I am looking forward to this OS. Is seems very unique and I would like to get my hands on it!
Ubuntu's goal is to make one platform for all types of computing.
To check out more about Ubuntu's new OS watch the Industry Proposition at Ubuntu for phones - Industry proposition