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Ubuntu Mobile : finger friendly, touch driven, iPhone-like touch interface

February 27, 2008

Ubuntu mobile is a popular Linux variant distribution edition from Canonical that targets Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) - a minitablet PC's that using low power processor. It's based collaboartion with Intel, with Silverthorne technology and designed to recognized iPhone-like touch interface, such as swiping, tap and drag. Ubuntu mobile is fully open source project with custom options may include licensed codecs.

iPhone-like touch interface

Ubuntu mobile is finger friendly, and is designed to be used with fingers only, no stylus needed, and includes an on-screen keyboard. Ubuntu mobile offers full web 2.0/JAX fidelity with support to Adobe Flash,Java and more. Outstanding multimedia playback, and a suite of applications that work seamlessly to meet every need of digital who is on-the-go. In addition Canonical promise Ubuntu Mobile is highly flexible and customizable, an ideal platform for product differentiation that targets different users.

Clutter based for interface

Ubuntu mobile will support any technology MIDS has, though the first devices that will use the software didn't announced, leveraging the MIDS, Canonical saying that MIDS typically have the following features:
  • Small size/form factor
  • 4 to 7 inch touch screen
  • Physical and/or virtual keyboard
  • Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, WiMAX
  • 2GB to 8GB Flash or disk storage, 256MB+ memory/512MB+ recommended
  • OpenGL 3D
  • USB, camera, head phone jack, speakers, microphone
Ubuntu mobile will be released sometime in late April, though there is no clear information about the MID that will use the software.

"It is clear that new types of devices--small, handheld, graphical tablets which are Internet-enabled--are going to change the way we communicate and collaborate. These devices place new demands on open-source software and require innovative graphical interfaces, improved power management and better responsiveness," Zimmerman said.
More information on Ubuntu Mobile can be found on its official website.

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