When it comes to mobile operating systems, there are clearly two options that come into our minds. Android by Google and iOS by Apple are the two most used and worthy Operating Systems. Enough to overpower any other mobile operating system. The clear reason is the back of Developers and Hardware capabilities of both. But, As I always mention. Alternatives are necessary and Competition is always welcome.
Ubuntu Touch is the mobile version of the infamous Linux Distribution, Ubuntu made and maintained by UBports Community. It is a “Convergence” of a mobile OS and a full fledged Desktop OS. Made to be used on touch enabled devices like Mobile Phones and Tablets, the OS is quite great at its portfolio and gets the job done.
Interface : The Best I’ve Seen 🙂
The interface to the OS is quite familiar and everything is just a “Swipe” away. The OS is designed with user convenience in mind and to provide ‘natural’ experience. The intuitive user interface allows you to access all of your devices features by swiping from the edges of the screen to access your apps, tools and settings all with one hand and no on-screen buttons. The lock-screen is one of our unique eye catchers. It provides you some useful insights in your daily activities in a visual appealing manner.
The Ubuntu Touch side-stage allows you to make the most of your tablets screen-size. This enables users to run two different applications side-by-side. Imagine taking notes while studying and browsing the web, or browsing the web during a video call.
Gesture Enable Interface
1.Top edge swipe reveals the indicator menu that contains settings and notifications when swiping down.
2.Short left edge swipe reveals favorites and frequently used apps from the launch menu.
3.Long left edge swipe takes you back to the app screen (shows all the installed apps) when you are inside an application.
4.Short right edge swipe reveals the previous app used.
5.Long right edge swipe reveals an app stack to show all the apps that are currently open; like a stack of cards.
Ubuntu Touch features Open Store for applications’ installation which is fairly stacked with most of the daily drivers just touches away. But, when compared to Play Store or Apple Store, the Open Store is just a disappointment. The fact that makes it stand out is that the OS is free to use and improve. Everything is distributed under free and open source licenses endorsed by the Free Software Foundation and the Open Source Initiative.
I personally tried Ubuntu Touch on Nokia 1 and inferred that it is actually faster and snappier than Android on the same device but the only thing that made furious was its hardware support.
The OS is far from perfect but surely a great step towards and for Open Source community.
Head to this page to get instructions as how to transform your mobile device into Ubuntu powered Phone.