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January 2, 2013

Canonical releases Ubuntu OS for smartphones

First devices powered by Ubuntu expected to ship in 2014.

By CBR Staff Writer

Canonical has released the open-source, Linux-based Ubuntu operating system (OS) for Android powered smartphones.

The new software is aimed at allowing the user to run desktop applications on their handsets, and even enable them to function as PCs when connected to monitors.

Initially, the firm is planning to release the code as a file which could be installed on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone, in place of Android.

The new software would be offered in an ‘Ubuntu for Android’, a version which is described as a ‘full PC desktop for multi-core Android phones’, and would be offered through retailers and network operators.

Canonical VP Products and Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth, said: "We’re shaping the future of personal computing. Ubuntu is proven on the desktop, and uniquely positioned to be at the heart of the next wave of consumer electronics, combining a beautiful hand-held touch interface with a full PC experience when docked."

Aimed at offering support for both ARM and x86 architectures, the new software will bring in new user experiences including Edge magic, Deep content immersion, global search for apps, content and products.

The new software also allows voice and text commands in any application, while supporting both native and web or HTML5 apps.

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The first devices powered by the Ubuntu operating system (OS) are expected to be released in 2014.

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