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This is no ordinary Galaxy Nexus. Instead of Android, it's running a very different Linux-based OS -- the long-awaited mobile version of Ubuntu -- which comes with a new UI adapted for smaller screens. We've played with the phone briefly and we'll have a proper hands-on video for you shortly, but in the meantime there are a few salient features to report. First and foremost, the UI relies heavily on edge swipes instead of buttons -- much like Windows 8 on a tablet or indeed other mobile OS's like MeeGo, although here each swipe has its own Ubuntu-esque functions. Beyond that, the icons along the top have some interesting features, which we'll explain after the break. We're also told that voice control is in attendance, and that an app store is in the works, with a mix of both web apps and native apps -- with the latter type being able to make better use of the hardware.

Speaking of hardware, here's where you might get a twinge of disappointment: there are no immediate plans for actual Ubuntu phones, and no carriers have been signed up yet -- although we're told that the OS will run on any new phone built for Android, should a manufacturer see merit in installing Ubuntu instead. Rather like Ubuntu for Android, this is still an idea looking for a device -- but as ideas go, our initial impression is that it looks like a bright one, especially if you dig Linux and open source. Check out the press release after the break and stay tuned for more in depth coverage imminently.

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Ubuntu on an Android Device

Wow my device palette for this year seems quite full now itself

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btw do you feel UbuntuForAndroid can be ported / adapted to our favorite platform N9
Please help to list all maemo existing apps :

I am looking for " 4 inch TFT LCD display screen " for Nokia n950 HandSet

Also, I need online storage to archive files :

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looks not bad, but i think jolla will bring something better and will be more successful
canonical has created ubuntuTV and ubuntu for android, but none of these can be used actually. i hope it's not the same with ubuntu phoneOS
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The Harmattan fans who dwell around here will jizz in their pants when they see all the swipy menus.

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Does this give me anything my n900 running easy debian doesn't give me? no.

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Come on its great. Seems like an easy way to get rid of android problem on Android phones.
Do something for the climate today! Anything!

I don't trust poeple without a Nokia n900...I'm also supporting Apple 2016 or until Jolla fully refund or ship the jPad to all backers and supports!

"waited over a year for no tablet and then the same again for potential refund? inspires confidence!"

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Lot of OSes that are announced these times, but sadly I see nothing on the hardware side. By nothing I say : no recent smartphone with gorgeous specification AND an hardware keyboard.

Ubuntu, Jolla, Tizen look fine, but what I really want is an N900 with newer hardware...

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Do you think this thing could work in my beloved N900?

I would love it would!!
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rpm > deb
qt > gtk
Sailfish > Ubuntu.

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