Canonical Announces Ubuntu OS For Smartphones

Canonical Announces Ubuntu OS For SmartphonesThe Ubuntu operating system has been adapted to run on smartphones. The Linux-based software will allow users to run desktop apps on their handsets, allowing them to double for PCs when docked to monitors. The code will initially be released as a file which can be installed on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone, replacing Android.

‘First time in history’

Some analysts question whether consumers really want the power of a fully fledged computer on their phone. Even so, Ubuntu’s founder, Mark Shuttleworth, said he was in talks with manufacturers for devices to be sold with the system pre-installed within the year. While he acknowledged the innovation would likely be limited to “enthusiasts and hobbyists” at first, he said it signalled a wider shift on the horizon.

“It’s quite incredible that we’re at this point when the power of the phone is crossing over that with baseline processing power of basic laptops,” Mr Shuttleworth told the BBC. “We’re taking advantage of that so for the first time in history you have the full consumer PC platform available on a phone.”


Phones running the software will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.

Ubuntu is the most popular operating system to be based on the Linux kernel – the code that lets software and hardware work together. The London-based firm behind it, Canonical, offers it for download free of charge and has been helped by thousands of volunteers who contribute to the open source project. The firm makes money back by offering support and training and also plans to take a share of sales from online marketplaces offered by handset makers who adopt its software. It estimates that more than 20 million PCs already use it.

Are you thrilled about the Ubuntu platform for smartphones? Will this be the next big thing in mobile technology?

Source: Leo Kelion, BBC News

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Australian Police: Apple Maps Flaw Is ‘Potentially Life-Threatening’

Australian Police Apple Maps Flaw Is 'Potentially Life-Threatening'Inaccurate, inconvenient, ill-conceived … now add “potentially life-threatening” to the list of words being used to describe flaws in Apple’s much maligned maps app.

‘Stranded for up to 24 hours’

Police in Mildura, Australia are warning drivers to be careful about using Apple Maps to find the city, which the app has placed more than 40 miles (70 kilometers) away in the Outback. Calling it a “potentially life-threatening issue,” police say the mapping system lists Mildura, a city of 30,000 people, as being in the middle of Murray-Sunset National Park. Several motorists have had to be rescued by police from the park, which police say has no water supply and where temperatures can reach a blistering 46 degrees Celsius (114 Fahrenheit).

“Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception,” Mildura police said in a statement. “Police have contacted Apple in relation to the issue and hope the matter is rectified promptly to ensure the safety of motorists travelling to Mildura. Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified.”


‘Widely panned’

Apple spokesman Adam Howorth would not comment on the Australian police allegations, but told CNN that Apple is “working hard to fix Maps.” Rival systems to Apple’s, including Google Maps, listed Mildura in the correct location, northeast of Murray-Sunset National Park. Apple Maps, which replaced the Google Maps app on Apple mobile devices when the tech giant released its iOS 6 platform in September, has been widely panned by critics and users alike. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for Maps shortly after its release. In a September letter posted on Apple’s website, Cook wrote:

“We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”

Have you encountered other problems while using the Apple Maps? Which do you prefer using — Apple Maps, or Google Maps?

Source: CNN

Image: Beyond