Canonical uses Ubuntu Linux for Phones enabling faster operations and cross-device use of apps.
Google uses Java virtual machine (VM) to allow multiple devices to run apps. Ubuntu for Phones runs directly on ARM processors without Java virtual machine Google uses to run apps. This allows faster performance of HTML5 or native apps.
Ubuntu for Phones has another great advantage. Phone Apps created for Ubuntu can now run on notebooks, or desktops with Ubuntu OS. This means that developers only have to create one app that is compatible with all devices. The user interface has been tweaked to work on all sizes of screens. This new OS will allow for smooth and stutter-free use of keyboards, external display, other smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.
Canonical is reportedly working with Samsung to put out Galaxy Nexus loaded with Ubuntu OS including source code for developers. Samsung enterprise efforts also involve replacing desktops with smartphones.
Mark Shuttleworth, known for distribution of open source Ubuntu Linux operating system and founding Canonical, aims to create one platform for all personal computing needs. He may have his hands full trying to convince the users especially in the business world that replacing computers with smartphones is a bright idea. Intel Fellow Jim Held has other views on the matter:
‘Everything turning into a cellphone, in terms of form factor, means leading to compromises that we really don’t have to make. Why would you need to limit the capacity for storage, the compute, because of thermal and space limits, in order to do that? it’s unnecessarily limiting, giving that you use a smartphone for certain kinds of activity, for viewing things, for communication, why would you want to make it also for creating content, editing videos – which is very demanding of performance – or limit your video editing capabilities to what could be fit into that form factor? I really don’t see the need go quite that far.’
Why not let Mark Shuttleworth explain his vision in this video?
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