BY | January 14, 2013

New mobile operating systems are going to compete with old and established ones. Ubuntu for smartphone vs Google Android Jelly Bean vs Apple iOS 6 comparison makes very interesting reading

Along with the rapid changes in hardware, phone market is also to witness to some auspicious changes in software field in coming months. Many more new OS platforms are to join the fray. Two major new arrivals are expected to be Mozilla’s Firefox OS and Canonical’s Ubuntu for phone. The Linux-based Ubuntu for mobile has been officially announced by its maker Canonical now. It has been in news for almost a year and it is to get the first device sometime this year.

Ubuntu phone comes with too many revolutionary features. It is hoped to seriously challenge both Android and iOS, two dominating players in mobile market today. “We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client, and phone functions,” says Canonical CEO Jane Silber. “We also see an opportunity in basic smartphones that are used for the phone, SMS, web, and email, where Ubuntu outperforms thanks to its native core apps and stylish presentation,” he adds.

Here we take the chance to compare the projected Ubuntu for phone with iOS and Android. Indeed, fight between the platforms will be quite interesting because of many things. If Ubuntu can make some ground in market, Apple iOS will be the worst-affected than Android, which is already a Linux based-based platform. But, Ubuntu, as per reports, is hoped to tout many breathtaking features that can make it better than iOS and Android in several aspects, Canonical claims.

Ubuntu Vs iOS Vs Android
Interface: Ubuntu is expected to give more room for content. Amazingly, it won’t need any physical buttons. Everything can easily be handled on its superb touchscreen itself. Edges of the screen will also have some stunning functions. “Canonical today announced a distinctive smartphone interface for its popular operating system, Ubuntu, using all four edges of the screen for a more immersive experience,” the company says.

“Your phone is more immersive, the screen is less cluttered, and you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic,” says the official Ubuntu phone website. The handset with the firmware can become a full PC once you dock it with a system. So it will be a great platform to enjoy various aspects of PC and mobile at once.

Both Android and iOS phone have physical buttons. They don’t also have special touchscreen features like Ubuntu. Android is also a simpler operating system. Apple iOS keeps at least a physical home button on every compatible gadget out there. Well, things are to turn far immersive with Ubuntu, anyway.

OEM Partners: Like Apple, Canonical is not going to make own products. The company seeks for OEM partners for producing quality handsets for Ubuntu. It has published its request to third party developers on its official site along with system requirements. “We have the needs of network operators, OEMs and ODMs in mind in bringing Ubuntu to the phone,” the company says. It ensures that OEMs can develop handset for the software with “a low bill of materials.”

Canonical’s system requirements for Ubuntu phone are available for two series of handsets; an entry level Ubuntu phone and a high end phone. The former one needs to have 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 512MB to 1GB RAM and 4 to 8GB internal memory plus eMMC + SD cart slot. The latter one wants a quad core Cortex-A9 or Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory plus eMMC+.

On the contrary, Apple produces its handsets itself. The company strikes deals with different Asian OEMs to get phones produced using stipulated technologies. Differently, Google follows free-to-OEM strategy. The company has a host of world’s top tech makers as OEM partners now. Here too, Ubuntu is more a threat to Apple, not Android; because, the Google OS already enjoys seamless support from world’s top tech makers.

Conclusion
We have just made a comparison of two key factors of the software items here. In more areas, Ubuntu has clear edge over Android and iOS if we can trust in the offers of its maker. It was earlier rumored that a phone called NexPhone would arrive to market first. The company has not refuted the rumors. Whatever it is, let us keep our fingers crossed for the first Ubuntu phone this year.

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