There’s no question that Android is fragmented. OpenSignal has counted nearly 11,900 distinct Android devices so far this year, compared with fewer than 4,000 last year.
Spanish wireless network Telefónica recently started selling a super-cheap Linux-driven phone called the "ZTE Open" for the equivalent of around $90, which includes about $40 worth of prepay. Essentially, it’s a $50 smartphone. Aside from the bottom-end retail price, what’s unique about this smartphone is that it’s the first to use Firefox OS.
Canonical on Monday announced a $32 million campaign to crowdfund the creation of Ubuntu Edge, a brand-new smartphone that dual-boots Ubuntu phone OS and Android. Launched on Indiegogo, the month-long campaign focuses on funding a limited production run of 40,000 devices. Backers committing $600 by Tuesday morning or $830 thereafter will receive one an Ubuntu Edge device in May 2014.
There’s something eternally compelling about the ages-old story of David and Goliath, and it’s one we’ve seen play out time and time again in modern form in the tech world. We’ve seen Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab surge in popularity to challenge Apple’s iPhone and iPad, for example. Today, we’re witnessing a similar scenario in the mobile arena with Firefox OS.
Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, has posted a video today in which he shows the current state of Ubuntu Phone OS running on a Galaxy Nexus.In the video you can see some of the core functionality like receiving a phone call and text, multitasking, as well as some apps like the weather app, web [...]
Foxconn Technology Group, best known as the go-to maker of Apple’s iPads and iPhones, said Monday it had embraced Mozilla’s Firefox OS and would use the mobile platform on a raft of new devices, including a tablet it showed off at Computex. The company also demoed several smartphones running the Firefox OS and said it would make tablets, laptops and other devices supporting it.
Android has become a mobile malware magnet, according to F-Secure. A whopping 79 percent of all mobile malware targeted the Google OS in 2012, based on a new report from the firm. That was up from 66.7 percent in 2011 and just 11.25 percent in 2010. The fourth quarter of 2012 was particularly bad, it said, with attacks on Android spiking to account for 96 percent of all mobile malware.
Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview daily builds (images) are now available for developers and enthusiasts.The Ubuntu Touch (also known as “phablet”) daily builds aren’t tested so they may contain new features and bug fixes but also new bugs and regressions!If you’ve installed the latest phablet-tools package (0.6) from the Phablet Tools PPA, you can run the [...]
The official Ubuntu Touch installation instructions are only for Ubuntu, so if you’re running Windows, the instructions won’t work for you. So here’s how to install Ubuntu Touch if you’re using Windows.Firstly, download the images for your device from HERE:You’ll need to download the files specific for your device as well as “quantal-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip”.The files which [...]
The Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview has been released. This includes the source code and images for both the phone and tablet interfaces and are aimed at developers so it’s not something you should install for actual every day usage. For now you’ll find that some features are missing, like playing music, no mobile data connection, [...]
Canonical has unveiled a new Ubuntu tablet interface today, which shares some of the Ubuntu Phone OS elements, but it also comes with new features such as a “Side Stage” which lets you use phone and tablet apps in the same time.Side Stage – use phone and tablet apps in the same timeSide Stage is [...]
Just like more than a month ago, when Ubuntu Phone OS was announced, a countdown is displayed on the Ubuntu.com homepage, and this time it says: “Tick, tock, tablet time!”. So what could this be? An Ubuntu tablet is about to be released? Or more probably an optimized Ubuntu Phone OS for tablets?The announcement will [...]
HP is reportedly working on a series of Android devices, the first of which could be a high-end tablet powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor. The move is a sensitive one for HP, which tried to crack the mobile market in 2010 by purchasing Palm for $1.2 billion, but saw that investment go down the drain.
You just think that’s a Chromebook beckoning you with an open source OS, easier upgradeability and fast connections to the cloud. All those qualities could make it a Linux netbook in disguise — or at least what the netbooks of a few years ago promised before they all started selling preloaded with Windows. The key? More manufacturers buying into the flexibility of the Linux kernel in the Chrome OS.
The Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday announced that smartphones running its Firefox OS will be available to developers in February. The preview phones are being produced in collaboration with Geeksphone and Telefonica. The idea is to entice devs to create apps for the Firefox OS. “These devices have not been designed for consumers,” said Mozilla spokesperson Diane Zuniga.
AirDroid 2 – browser interfaceAirDroid is a free Android application that you can use to control your Android device from your desktop, by using a web browser (so it works on any OS). It can be used to transfer files (upload to the phone or download to your desktop), browse images, quickly sens or read [...]
The year is starting out with what may turn out to be significant changes in the mobile operating system market, with open source software playing a significant role just as it has in enterprise software, virtualization and cloud computing. With fading heavyweights and interesting new challengers, there are changes afoot in the mobile OS market.
Canonical this week announced Ubuntu for smartphones, a version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system aimed mainly at high-end superphones and entry-level basic smartphones. Ubuntu is compatible with a typical Android Board Support Package, said Canonical, which provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu customers.
The mysterious “so close you can almost touch it” countdown from the ubuntu.com website has just expired, revealing a new operating system for mobile phones: Ubuntu Phone OS.Check out the trailer and Mark Shuttleworth’s presentation of Ubuntu Phone OS videos below:(direct video link)(direct video link)According to The Verge, Ubuntu for phones is built around the [...]
Android dominates the worldwide smartphone market, running on 75 percent of all smartphones shipped throughout the globe in the third quarter, IDC reported. Samsung continued to hold sway over the Android market, but its market share slipped because of competition from a multitude of smaller vendors. Apple’s iOS came in a poor second, shipping on 26.9 million smartphones in Q3 2012.