Phones running the new Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system promise a whole new user experience, and are set to be launched in Asia & Europe within 2014.
Meizu & bq are two device manufacturers that have signed agreements with Canonical to deliver and ship the first Ubuntu Touch smartphones – Meizu MX3 & bq Aquaris. Canonical is the company that backs Ubuntu.
About Ubuntu Touch
Ubuntu Touch is a smartphone operating system based on the Ubuntu Linux desktop & server OS, that puts content & services at the center of the user experience, rather than hiding them behind stores & apps.
This gives consumers a fresh & rich way to engage with their favourite videos, music and other mobile activities. In Ubuntu Touch such logical groupings for data & content are called Scopes, and are defined by the system or user.
Also in Ubuntu Touch, everything is just a swipe away using the inbuilt Magic Edges feature. This makes accessing functionality & content a breeze.
Check out this quick hands-on video by CNET and sample the user experience for yourself:
bq is a company dedicated to consumer electronics, which designs and develops both software and hardware. Its main division is multimedia devices (e-readers, tablets and smartphones), a market in which it is the leader in Spain.
Established in 2003 and headquartered in Zhuhai, China, MEIZU designs and produces smartphones created to provide a simple, intuitive mobile experience for people whose time is expected to be simply spent in using their devices, instead of figuring out the way of using them.
It remains to be seen if Ubuntu Touch can gain traction with users, and also get the support of the app developer community & telecom industry the way other major smartphone operating systems have.
[Images courtesy: Ubuntu.com]
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