Ubuntu has just announced that they are entering the smartphone market with their new mobile OS – with the same UI as their tablet, desktop & TV operating systems.
It has been said that phones running Ubuntu such as the Galaxy Nexus will be available for show at CES 2013 while major manufacturers are expected to join the bandwagon later this year.
The user interface is very sleek, and the operation relies on gestures. The “welcome screen” is something very similar to the traditional lock screen, however from there you will gain access to different options through different gestures.
A swipe from the left edge brings you to your app shortcuts (with access to the homescreen on the bottom left). From the top you’ll find the unified search box. Swiping sideways will bring you to your most used information such as contacts, music and etc.
A full swipe from the left will take you straight to all your apps, while a full swipe from the right will bring you to the recently used ones. The status icons on top also has gestures.
The new mobile OS includes services such as Ubuntu One cloud syncing.
Developers are already said to be working on apps. We’re very excited to see how the new operating systems are going to do this year. That includes BlackBerry 10, Jolla and more.