Canonical has announced that it is developing a version of its Ubuntu operating system which is designed to run on smartphones.
As yet, which manufacturers will be involved with Ubuntu handsets is unclear, but the OS will run on both Arm and x86 powered phones.
Canonical reckons that the Ubuntu mobile OS will be faster than Android (which is also Linux-based, of course), and it will provide a phone which is “more immersive, the screen is less cluttered, and you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic.”
That speed will partly be gleaned from streamlined all-native core apps, and a lack of any Java overheads.
The interface is designed around swiping in from the edges of the screen (the “edge magic”), and the aim is to make multi-tasking as slick as possible, with simple swipes switching back to the last app used, and the one before that, and so on.
The idea is that the Ubuntu phone will become a fully-fledged PC when docked, too.
We should see the first Ubuntu-driven smartphones late this year, or early 2014.