Friday, February 29, 2008

Ubuntu goes Mobile

This is interesting. Just when we thought Android was 'The' linux flavour on mobile, Ubuntu comes along with even a "better looking" platform, Ubuntu Mobile Edition(UME). The platform is being projected for Mobile Internet Devices (MID) with the main focus on bringing complete internet to mobile devices. The specs mentioned are very impressive,

  • Full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, with custom options of Adobe Flash®, Java, and more
  • Outstanding media playback so you can enjoy videos, music and photos with superior quality and easy navigation
  • A suite of applications that work seamlessly to meet every need of a digital parent, student or anyone who is on-the-go
  • Facebook®, MySpace®, YouTube®, Dailymotion®, 3D games, GPS, maps, in short, the full Web 2.0 experience delivered into your hands as a compact and powerful device that's easy and fun to use.

Like Android, UME will be a customizable software stack supplied to OEMs, for example the user interface can be HTML, Flash, Java or C/C++/Python with GTK. Currently, the target is mainly Intel's MID (Mobile Internet Device) platforms, code-named McCaslin and Menlow like HTC Shift and Samsung Q1 Ultra among others.

UME will have full mobile connectivity in Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, VoIP, USB. It is not yet clear if it will have a dialer application, but looking at the specs, it wouldn't hurt to incorporate a GSM radio chip in it.

Now, if UME is going so serious about Web 2.0 applications, where does it leave Android.

With all this Flash interface and fire power, does it make Android look less pretty ? take a look at the pics.

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