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Ubuntu Phone System

Canonical announced specialized version of Ubuntu Linux, created for smartphones. The new version of the popular operating system is designed to create at least some competition in the mobile Linux-like operating system, which is now dominated by Android. Canonical said that they have created a complete ecosystem of Ubuntu, in which there is a single environment, the shell, a set of programs and standards used on PCs, smartphones and servers. The company said that this approach allows corporate IT administrators use the same management tools for working with a variety of devices.

“We are setting new standards in technology convergence by presenting a single unified operating system that can run in the cloud, in the data center, on users’ PCs and mobile devices,” – said the leader of the development of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth.

As it stands, Shuttleworth describes how the operating system can run on today’s mobile device to provide access to content and applications anywhere, at any time.

Applications for Ubuntu Phone implemented in binary codes provides high-speed operation. In this case, the OS can now work with traditional telephone functions, voice mail, SMS, MMS, e-mail, web browsers, photos, music and videos. Also here there is an unified inbox, which unites all new messages, emails, calls and messages in social networks for the owner of the device. Shuttleworth says that Ubuntu Phone has corporate “rolling” interface, allowing a few “slips” reply to a message on Facebook or Twitter, or send sms or email.

With that, the OS and applications are implemented in native binaries, Ubuntu Phone fully supports HTML 5.

In addition to supporting HTML5, the new OS supports native Ubuntu development environment for writing QML software in C and C + +, and JavaScript for UI Glue. It also has full support for OpenGL, which allows Ubuntu Phone to work with games.

According to Canonical, web applications have the same access to system functions as normal binary program. In this form binary programs are present in the OS clients for Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Gmail and Spotify. Web App API is also integrated for Web applications to work with the various system functions. Through access to JavaScript API can display various websites meant to work with Ubuntu Phone. “Our ecosystem-oriented web applications, allows you to quickly adapt to any web content for the installation under Ubuntu Phone, allowing a site have their own icons on the desktop and provide users with fast access to resources”, – says Shuttleworth.

According to him, such a system is implemented in each of the last versions of Ubuntu, so users can have a single application system design and configuration. In addition to this, users of mobile OS can remotely work with Windows-based applications, and mobile operating systems and can access a standard set of Ubuntu Management Tools, from which you can manage servers and workstations.

At present there are two versions of the operating system:

Basic gigahertz chip, ARM Cortex A9, 512MB RAM, 4GB of flash memory, and supports multi-touch features, and advanced version of the system, where there is support for quad-core A9

Intel Atom, with a minimum of 1 GB RAM and 32 GB of flash memory. The company says that the OS is compatible with the technical specifications of the Android Board Support Package, ie Ubuntu Phone and Android in theory should work on the same hardware.