The ever elusive ‘Ubuntu phone’ concept is finally about to become reality. Shown long time in the high-tech fairs, the smartphone Ubuntu comes true. This is the Spanish brand BQ associated with Canonical, which goes on sale in Europe only.
Ubuntu’s first smartphone in Europe next week It will be sold unlocked for €169.90 (that’s around $192). The first under the famous smarphone distribution. It will go on sale next week through sales “flash” on BQ site, which will be announced on the Twitter accounts of BQ and Canonical, Ubuntu’s first smartphone may be named BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition.
At this price, it is obviously far from the characteristics of a high-end phone. The Aquaris E4.5 has a 540 x 960 pixel display, a front facing 5 megapixel camera, and an 8 megapixel rear facing camera with dual-LED flash, Powering things up is a MediaTek chipset with a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor,, Internal storage is 8GB. But the interest lies elsewhere: dedicated to early adopters, this mobile offers above all a new OS and software radically different proposition from that of iOS, Android or Windows Phone. Dual SIM card slots, support for MicroSD memory cards, While the Ubuntu OS can run apps written in either the HTML5 web programming language or its own native QML code. We have not been able to play with this new mobile – we will have to wait a few days – but it is clear that Ubuntu will face the same problems as any new ecosystem: the lack of applications.
An empty the mobile version of the system wants to fill with its amazing interface and function “Scopes” that wants to end the grids of icons and directly aggregating content and App Home screens categorized: music, videos, news, etc. For example, the “Scope” video can give you access to YouTube as well as videos you have recorded with the mobile. Some famous apps are also available for mobile, such as Facebook, eBay, Twitter, Evernote or Dropbox.
Moreover, it is recalled that Canonical has tried to launch a smartphone Ubuntu, making an appeal for donations on Kickstarter. But the campaign had ended in failure. This new attempt to bring open source OS on mobile is less ambitious, but perhaps more likely to bear fruit. The company hopes to drive interest by offering the phone through a number of flash sales.