Not to be outdone by Google’s now-mature Android OS, Canonical has announced that the Ubuntu Linux distribution will soon have a version specifically designed for smartphones. While there are no specific devices planned yet, Canonical’s marketed advantage is that the phone would be able to serve as a full-fledged thin client Linux desktop while docked. Additionally, this iteration of Ubuntu will have touchscreen gesture support to invoke various OS and application level functions. Unlike Android OS, there will be no Java layer, so native apps (and HTML5-based apps) are planned. No specific mention of games that I’ve seen so far, but on the whole this is a new mobile player we’ll be keeping an eye on.
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